Diggs runs 50.15 to equal No. 8 athlete in global indoor history on same day Texas’ Adeleke clocks 50.33 at Big 12 Championships; Georgia’s Godwin produces world-leading 44.75 in men’s 400, Florida’s Moore sweeps women’s long jump and triple jump, Kentucky’s Russell wins 60 hurdles
By Erik Boal, DyeStat Editor
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Talitha Diggs wasn’t the only athlete to run faster than the women’s collegiate indoor 400-meter record Saturday, but the Florida star made sure she left the Southeastern Conference Indoor Championships with not only the NCAA all-time mark, but the top performance in American indoor history as well.
After Texas sophomore Rhasidat Adeleke ran 50.33 seconds Saturday at the Big 12 Indoor Championships at the Sports Performance Center at Texas Tech to eclipse the 2018 collegiate indoor record of 50.34 achieved by USC’s Kendall Ellis, Diggs responded with a 50.15 effort at Lance Harter Track at Randal Tyson Track Center.
Diggs surpassed the American indoor record by Ellis, in addition to equaling the No. 8 all-time global competitor, with Adeleke producing the Irish all-time indoor mark and ascending to No. 14 in the world.
Amber Anning of Arkansas finished second in 50.68 to elevate to the third-fastest British indoor competitor and the No. 9 athlete in collegiate indoor history, with Texas A&M’s Tierra Robinson-Jones taking third in a personal-best 51.27.
The SEC men’s 400 final also had its share of fireworks, with Georgia senior Elija Godwin running a world-leading 44.75, eclipsing the 2011 meet record of 44.80 by Alabama’s Kirani James.
Florida’s Jacory Patterson ran a personal-best 45.05 in the first section that stood as the fastest global mark for a few minutes, before Godwin responded by elevating to the No. 5 all-time collegiate indoor competitor and No. 6 in American indoor history.
Patterson matched the No. 14 all-time U.S. indoor performer, then clocked 20.29 to capture the 200 title, ascending to the No. 10 American indoor competitor, along with the No. 13 athlete in collegiate indoor history.
Kentucky senior Masai Russell, already the collegiate record holder in the women’s 60-meter hurdles, prevailed in a highly anticipated showdown against Arkansas’ Ackera Nugent by a 7.77 to 7.81 margin.
Russell, who secured her first career SEC title, now boasts the top two performances in collegiate indoor history along with her 7.75 effort Jan. 20 at Texas Tech and became…
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