Track & Field 2k21: 200 Meters Recap
A look at bright stars of the 200 meters
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.
Here's a look at some of the NCAA's 200 meters participants who made noise around the nation during the 2k21 track and field season.
Caisja Chandler ran the 11th fastest time in the NCAA during the regular season as she clocked in at 22.85 for a silver medal at The American Outdoor Track & Field Championships. During the outdoor season she earned wins at the Oliver Nikoloff Invitational, Tennessee Relays, War Eagle Invitational and Kentucky Invitational. Chandler qualified for and participated in the 200 meters prelim at the NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships. She ran her personal best time of 22.79 at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round where she placed sixth. A Cleveland, Ohio native, Chandler is the fastest woman in the history of the University of Cincinnati. She holds the school's records in the 200 as well as the 100 meters. She also is a member off Cincinnati's fastest 400 meters relay and 800 meters relay. She was an All-American in the 200 meters in 2020 after the close of the indoor season.
Coastal Carolina's Melissa Jefferson was the most dominant sprinter in the Sun Belt Conference. At the conference championships she grabbed wins in the 200 meters as well as the 100 meters and 400-meter relay events. She took 200 meters wins at the Alan Connie Shamrock Invitational, CCU Chanticleer Challenge and UF Tom Jones Invitationals. Like Caisja Chandler, Jefferson ran her best career time in the 200 at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round when she ran 22.95. She also competed in the 200 meters prelim round at the NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships.
Last year Ball State's MaQuila Norman became the indoor 200 meters champion of the Mid-American Conference. This year she added to her medal collection by earning a silver one during the outdoor portion of the conference championship. Norman placed second with a personal best time of 23.73. She earned her share of wins this season, starting with the Bob Harris Open and the Rocket Invitational. Norman also got second place finishes at the Bowling Green State University Sid Sink Invite, Blizzard Buster, Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invitational meets.
St. John's Leah Anderson won her first seven 200 meters heats of the outdoor season. She started things off at the Fordham Icahn Invitational before winning at the Mets Outdoor Track & Field Championships. After that Anderson won at the St. John's Invite, Army Twilight vs. Albany, St. John's and Annual Tom Farrell Classic meets. Her season hit its climax at the Big East Outdoor Track & Field Championships where she won the 200 meters with her personal best time of 23.36. She dominated at the meet while also winning the 400 meters and 400-meter relay.
UT-Rio Grande Valley had an amazing freshman outdoor season. She ran her first outdoor 200 meters race at The 38th Victor Lopez Classic where she was the runner-up at 24.62. She placed third in the 200 meters at the UIW Invitational. Woodley saved her best performance for the WAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships. She ran her career best time of 23.72 during the preliminary round of the conference championship meet. That prelim finish was also the best in school history. She followed that up with a winning time of 23.96 during the final round. Woodley also won the WAC championship in the 400 meters.