This summer we will celebrate some of our favorite athletes in the world of collegiate track and field during the 2023 indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.
Chastity Pickett - Campbell
After winning three state championships in Georgia at Westover Comprehensive High School as a hurdler, Chastity Pickett signed to Campbell in 2019 to continue her championship ways.
During this past season, Pickett has overachieved and elevated the profile of her school's track program in the process. After flirting with the chance to become a champ during her first three seasons, Pickett dominated the Big South Conference in 2023. During the indoor season she won three golds, taking first in the 60 meters, 200 meters and 60-meter hurdles before grabbing a bronze in the 1,600-meter relay at the indoor conference meet.
That success was not enough and during the outdoor portion of 2023, Pickett won golds in the 100-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles and a silver in the 400-meter relay at the Big South Outdoor Championships. She qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 400-meter hurdles at the East First Round. Pickett closed her season with a career best time of 54.86, winning the third-place medal in the 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Championships, making her a First Team All-America honoree for the first time of her career.
Sanaa Hebron - Miami
Like Pickett, Sanaa Hebron also made an appearance at the NCAA Championships. Her fabulous run as a freshman ended in the preliminary round of the 400-meter hurdles, making her a Second Team All-America selection. In fact, she earned the same honor as a member of the Miami 1,600-meter relay squad.
Hebron, a daughter of two-time Super Bowl champion Vaughn Hebron, furthered the success of the family name starting at the indoor season when she gritted out a gutsy gold medal winning finish in the 1,600-meter relay at the ACC Indoor Track & Field Championships. She earned the crown with teammates Kennedy Brace, Blanca Hervas & Moriah Oliveira.
The rookie went on to become a solo champ as well with an ACC Championship win in the 400-meter hurdles at the outdoor conference meet, where she joined forces again with her teammates in the 1,600-meter relay to take another gold medal. Hebron and Hervas also teamed up with Skyla Wilson and Sydney Scott to win the third-place medal in the 400-meter relay.
From there Hebron closed her thrilling first year at the NCAA Championships competing in the 400-meter hurdles and 1,600-meter relay, with the hopes of continuing a career that will include at least one NCAA championship if not more before she's done.
Scout Regular - Northern Illinois
Prior to the final round of the 100-meter hurdles at the Mid-American Championships, Scout Regular was featured by Winners Only.
The Northern Illinois hurdler was celebrated for being a top competitor in conference over her first three seasons. A native of St. Louis, Regular earned two silver medals at this year's Mid-American Conference Outdoor Championships with runner-up finishes in the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter relay.
Her hardware collection includes a bronze medal finish in the 60-meter hurdles at this year's conference indoor meet as well as three more silver medals in the 2022 100-meter hurdles along with the 2022 and 2021 60-meter hurdles respectively. She also earned another bronze medal in the 400-meter relay in 2022.
Next season Regular hopes to rise to the top of the Big Ten hurdles rankings when she competes at Michigan State.
Check out the previous issues of the TF2k23: College Review, featuring Gianna Bullock of Oregon, Yanique Dayle of Ohio State, Kennedy Brace of Miami, Taylor Beard of Cincinnati, Nicole Sreenan of Tennessee, Natalea Hillen of Point Park, Chante Clinkscale of Auburn, Kilani Harvey of Eastern Michigan, Tara Gologram of Robert Morris, Charity Griffith of Ball State, Jaimie Robinson of Ohio State & Anna Jordahl-Henry of Columbia. Click the links below: