EUGENE, Ore.—Auburn junior Joyce Kimeli ran the second-fastest time of all time in the 3000m steeplechase at NCAA Outdoors in what was the closest ever to a championship event as she won silver in 9: 31.84 in Hayward Field. Her time makes her the seventh fastest varsity runner in history.
The 2021 NCAA Indoor 5000m champion, Kimeli led the entire race in a very tight lead group that included BYU’s Courtney Wayment, Washington’s Katie Rainsberger and Air Force Mahala Norris. After the last jump into the water 150m from the end, Kimeli, Rainsberger and Norris went their separate ways, but Norris came back from the outside to smother Kimeli to the board by just five hundredths of a second in 9: 31.79 .
The silver was Kimeli’s third NCAA medal in 2021. In addition to winning the national indoor title in the 5k, she was third in the 3,000m. It was also the best outdoor national championship result for an Auburn long-distance runner since 1995, when Rachel Sauder won silver in the 10k.
With less than 90 minutes of recovery time, Kimeli returned to the oval after the Steeplechase and finished 13th in the 5000m, clearing in 15: 54.11, the second fastest time in Auburn history, at just six seconds off his school record set at the last SEC. month.
The Auburn women finished tied for 26th with 11 points. The men, who concluded Friday, finished tied for 18th in the team standings with 15 points, good for the Tigers’ third Top 20 in the last four NCAA away championships.
Senior Natosha Jordan withdrew from heptathlon competition after the sixth of seven events due to a nagging injury that had hampered her throughout the competition. Jordan entered 15th on Saturday and posted a 5.68m / 18-7.75 in the long jump and a 28.11 / 92-2 throw in his first javelin throw. On her second pitch, she made the injury worse and was forced to quit. She ended her Auburn career as an NCAA qualifier, SEC goalscorer and number 2 heptathlete in school history.
Auburn concluded the competition with three school records and 13 personal bests among 11 athletes over the four days of competition.
NCAA TRACK AND OUTDOOR FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
CHAMP HAWARD – EUGENE, OR
DAY 2 RESULTS
Friday 11 June
Natosha Jordan, DNF
100m hurdles, 14.16
High jump, 1.69m / 5-5.25
Shot put, 11.38m / 37-4
Long jump, 5.68m / 18-7.75
Javelin throw, 28.11 / 92-2
3000m steeplechase women
2. Joyce Kimeli, 9: 31.84
12. Joyce Kimeli, 15: 54.11
Cade Antonucci, Men’s javelin throw, 76.14m / 249-10
Joyce Kimeli, 3000m steeplechase women, 9: 31.84
Joyce Kimeli, 3000m steeplechase women, 9: 35.57 (Semi-finals)
Male scorers (15 points)
3rd—Cade Antonucci, Javelin throw (76.14m / 249-10)
5th—Alex Spyridonidis, Decathlon (7665 pts)
5th—Malik Metivier, 400m hurdles (49.26)
8th—Eric Brun, 800m (1: 46.76)
Women’s goal scorers (11 points)
2nd—Joyce Kimeli, 3000m steeplechase (9: 31.84)
6th—Kylee carter, Javelin throw (55.00m / 180-5)