Friday, March 17, 2017

Maggy Ewen PRs at Baldy Castillo Hammer Throw: Welcome to the World of NCAA Record Keeping.

Maggie Ewen set a new PR in the Hammer Throw on her last throw in the competition.  Ewen launched the hammer 72.71 meters/238'6.5".  It was an improvement of more than two meters.  The NCAA record is 72.94meters 239' 4"by Georgia's  Jenny Dahlgren set in 2007
Hammer results HERE.  Women's Outdoor Collegiate records HERE.

Editor's Note: The NCAA does not have an official list of marks that were not set in their NCAA Championship meet.The NCAA Championships record is only the top mark made in the NCAA Championships,  The NCAA does not  keep track of marks made in  all NCAA competition.  T&F News compiles a list of the top marks set in NCAA meets done during the NCAA collegiate season.

This  is similar to the confusion about  MSHSL records.  The Miles List, for example, lists performances from all competitions done during the MSHSL season..  MSHSL accepts some but not others depending on the criteria set up by the MSHSL for what counts and what doesn't.

Any marks made by a MSHSL athlete outside the official HS season is not recognized as a record.  Times set in the increasing number of post season high school meets, for example, are not accepted as a record.

T&F News' Collegiate list, much like the Miles lists for Minnesota HS athletes,  does have an addendum that lists superior marks done on the track circuit outside the NCAA season.

Thus you have this situation where the record listed by the NCAA  for the women's hammer throw is 71.53m/234'8" by Southern Illinois' DeAnna Price, Southern IL set on June 9, 2016 at the NCAA Championships. That was the farthest recorded mark by that any female athlete has thrown in all NCAA Outdoor Championships meets.

Thus Maggie now has a throw better than any women in the NCAA Championships, but slightly shorter than Jenny Dahlgren's mark that is recognized as the longest throw by an NCAA athlete during the NCAA Outdoor season compiled by T&F News.

Hopefully this explains why Arizona State proudly announced that Maggie now has the collegiate record.  Some people would agree with that.  Others would not.  Welcome to the world of collegiate track & field record keeping.

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