The top 8 men’s indoor track and field achievements (so far) in 2022

The last date on the calendar in March brings with it the anticipation of the DI Indoor Track and Field Championships taking place March 11-12 in Birmingham, Alabama. Before the Championships begin, let’s take a look at some of this season’s standout performances.

The 8 best men’s indoor track and field performances in March

Trey Cunningham | State of Florida | 60h

Picking Trey Cunningham’s peak performance in the 60m hurdles is a difficult task. He ran 7.49 and 7.46 at the Texas Tech Open in late January — without competing in the finals — moving him to No. 4 all-time. He later ran a personal best of 7.42 seconds at the Tyson Invitational in February, moving him to 3rd place all-time.

All impressive excursions from Florida State Seminole.

Still, Cunningham saved his best performance for the ACC championships. There Cunningham stormed in the preliminary round in 7.40 seconds for the second fastest time in college history over the 60-meter hurdles. Cunningham is now just behind former Florida gator Grant Holloway’s time of 7.35 seconds.

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On the final lap, Cunningham ran 7.42 and overtook Holloway for most 7.42 or better times in the 60-yard hurdles. The two top times in the ACC championships give Cunningham one of the best performances of the season.

Jonathan Jones | Texas | 600m

Jonathan Jones is no stranger to chart climbing in the 600m. At the beginning of February at the New Mexico Collegiate Invitational, he ran 1:15.12 and jumped from eighth to fourth place in collegiate history.

Three weeks later at the Big 12 Championships, he made his name in world history. Jones ran a world best of 1:06.68 and won the conference event title. In addition to breaking the NCAA record, Jones has made a name for himself among the best in the world.

Matthew Boling | Georgia | long jump and 200m

Georgia’s Matthew Boling had a weekend to last across two events at the Clemson Invitational.

First, Boling ran 8.25 meters in the long jump, less than an inch from the top 10 marks in NCAA history. You have to go back to 2002 to find a better long jump performance in the month of January.

After blinding in the long jump, Boling moved on to the 200 meters. At the event, he ran the fastest time to date, 20.49 seconds, to become national leader.

For Matthew Boling it was two events and two outstanding performances in one weekend.

Israel Oloyede | Grand Canyon | weight throw

At the Martin Luther King Collegiate Invitational, Israel Oloyede climbed to 5th place in NCAA history in the weight throw. Oloyede brought his weight to 24.45 meters in a remarkable way. The performance was just an inch away from placing the Grand Canyon product in the top 3 all-time.

Terence Jones | Texas Technology | 60m

If you can put your name in the same sentence as Christian Coleman and Leonard Myles-Mills, you know you’re doing something right. That’s exactly what Terrence Jones did on his home track at the Texas Tech Corky Classic.

Jones clocked the fastest 60-yard time in NCAA history at 6.45 seconds. He now sits at the top of the event’s all-time list with Coleman and Myles-Mills.

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Jacoby Patterson | Florida | 300m

Jacory Patterson competed in the Clemson Invitational and held the college record for the 300 meters. That wasn’t good enough for him, as he cut his time to 31.99 seconds for the seventh 300-meter sub-32-second performance in world history.

Yared Nuguse | Notre Dame | 3000m

Olympic? Check. NCAA outdoor record holder? Check. Yared Nuguse’s awards were the elite attending Boston University’s David Hemery Valentine Invitational. However, he had no NCAA indoor track and field record to his name.

Until he broke an 18-year-old record in the 3,000 meters with a time of 7:38.13. It’s another notch in Nuguse’s impressive belt.

Zach McWhorter | BYU | pole vault

At the Dr. Sander Columbia Challenge, BYU star Zach McWhorter rose in the all-time pole vault rankings. McWhorter rose 18 feet in height in his third attempt to rank Jacob Davis 5th all-time in college history, but it wasn’t without competition.

Princeton’s Sondre Cuttormsen pushed McWhorter to the limit as the two pole vaulters went back and forth over 17 feet. At 18 feet tall, McWhorter survived Guttorsmen, setting the BYU product to a new personal best and propelling him into the top-5.

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