Devon Allen fought spacing issues and a sloppy race to win his second national title in three years in the 110 hurdles. Allen's 13.50 was slower than his qualifying time and Pac-12 times but was still enough to run away from the field. The win ended Allen's NCAA season on a high note as he'll now look forward to the Olympic Trials in July.
Devon Allen 2016 NCAA 110 Hurdle Champion pic.twitter.com/hahaqukr40— Roger Daniels (@WinTheDayMktg) June 11, 2016
Florida then used a 1-2 finish in the 400 hurdles along with a win in the 400 by Arman Hall to vault past Oregon and overtake second place. Marcus Chambers took fourth in the latter, running 45.27 to tack on another five points.
Then Edward Cheserek took the track for the 5,000 and spent much of the race drafting before making his move with under three laps remaining. Cheserek spent the last two laps trading places with Stanford's Sean McGorty before regaining the lead down the homestretch and putting him away in the final 100 finishing in 13:25.59. This completed the 5,000-10,000 double for Cheserek and his fifteenth NCAA title, making him one of the most decorated college athletes of all-time. The sweep marked the second year in a row Cheserek had accomplished the feat.
Sam Prakel picked up a fifth-place in the 1,500 in 3:40.84 for another four points. Teammate Blake Haney was unable to tack on any points, finishing in eleventh.
Cheserek's win could only help so much, as he was the last Duck competitor for the men. Cheserek and Allen combined to contribute 30 of Oregon's 48 points. The Ducks eventually wound up finishing in fourth, and the Florida Gators leapfrogged Arkansas to win the men's team title.
The day ultimately belonged to Arkansas' Jarrion Lawson, who equaled Jesse Owens' feat of winning the 100, 200 and long jump. Lawson dropped a Lebron-esque 31 points in all, tacking on a point as part of the 4x100 relay.
Texas A&M's Donovan Brazier shattered the NCAA Meet Record in the 800 blazing to a 1:43.55. The freshman broke a record that had stood for 50 years.
Tomorrow will conclude the four-day competition with the finals of the women's meet.