Track & Field 2k21: 100-Meter Hurdles Recap
Getting to Know Hurdlers around the NCAA
Track Stars App presents the Track & Field 2k21 College Review series. In this series we will review the outdoor seasons of the top athletes as well as various college programs around the nation.
We know that Anna Cockrell of USC won the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA championships. While we clap hard for her awesomeness there are other hurdlers who made noise during the 2k21 season. Here is a look at some of the collegiate hurdlers that you may or may not have heard of who shined this year.
When you look at the top 10 times of the NCAA in the 100-meter hurdles University of Central Florida's Rayniah Jones was one of two who didn't attend a school that was in the SEC, PAC-12 or ACC. She ran the third fastest time of the regular season when she recorded a finish of 12.73 at the Knights Invite, April 24. Jones placed second at the NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships with a time of 12.82. She won her first seven heats of 2021 in the 100-meter hurdles, capturing victories at the UCF Black and Gold Invite, USF Invite, Hurricane Alumni Invitational and Knights Invite.
North Carolina A&T continued its recent run as a track and field powerhouse and TeJyrica Robinson played a role in the school's legitimacy. Robinson qualified for the NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships final after running the fifth fastest time in the meet's prelim at 12.90. She ran the same time when she won her first MEAC hurdles title against her very capable teammates, Paula Salmon and former conference champ Madeleine Akobundu. She ran her top time at the NCAA East Preliminary Round at 12.83, which was a second place finish.
Arkansas' Daszay Freeman showed that she is a future force on a national level during her first indoor season. After kicking the season off with a fifth place finish at the 93rd Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, Freeman earned a runner-up finish at the Texas A&M Team Invitational. Freeman was the number one 100-meter hurdler at the Arkansas Twilight meet where she won at 13.01. She ran her best time of the season at 12.81 at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships. That time was wind assisted at 3.6 but the next week she ran her best legal time of 12.85 during the NCAA West Preliminary Round where she placed fourth. Freeman qualified for the NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships, where she competed in the preliminary round with the 12th best time.
North Carolina State's Akira Rhodes' second place finish of 13.06 at the ACC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, was the 23rd fastest time of the regular season. Rhodes had a productive first season as she finished second at the Tobacco Road Challenge at 13.47. She also placed fourth at the Virginia Invitational and Raleigh Relays.
Tennessee junior Alexis Duncan grabbed her first victory of the season at the Auburn Tiger Track Classic. It was the first of three straight wins to open the season. She also won at the FSU Relays and Tennessee Relays. Duncan's final win of the season was at the Tennessee Challenge where she finished at 13.13 seconds.
Wisconsin's Destiny Huven grabbed gold during her first collegiate outdoor season. She won the Big Ten Outdoor Track & Field Championships with a time of 13.02. She also ran a time 13.03 during the prelim round. Huven was the only competitor to finish the 100-meter hurdles at the Big Ten championship under 13.10. She also captured a win at the M City Classic at 13.45.
Eastern Michigan sophomore Alysse Wade was an indoor Mid American Conference champion hurdler last year and in 2021 she added another gold to her collection by winning the 100-meter hurdles at the outdoor conference meet. She ran her fastest time of 13.87 edging out Northern Illinois senior Remy Amarteifio's time of 13.88. Prior to the MAC championships she won the 100-meter hurdles at the Golden Grizzlies Mini Meet.
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