Terrence Jones and Julien Alfred are the talk of the town following their outstanding performances at the Big 12 Indoor Championships on Friday (25). The pair broke the meeting records in the men’s and women’s 60m dash, respectively, as they powered their way into the finals.
Alfred, who already holds the title of the fastest collegiate women’s 60m sprinter of all time, posted a meeting record of 7.03 seconds. Her blistering run shattered the previous Big 12 Championships meeting record and the Sports Performance Center facility record. – Read more: Day 1: 2023 SEC Indoor Championships order of events
Texas Tech’s Rosemary Chukwuma, who had held the previous meeting record at 7.17 seconds, was left in Alfred’s wake. Chukwuma won her heat with a time of 7.16 seconds and progressed to the final alongside Ezinne Abba of Texas, who recorded the third-fastest time of the day at 7.19 seconds.
Jones, meanwhile, also broke a Big 12 Indoor Championship meeting record in the men’s 60m dash. His impressive run of 6.45 seconds was just 0.01 seconds shy of his collegiate record, which is no small feat.
Jones dominated the race, leaving his competitors trailing in his wake, and his winning time improved on the previous mark of 6.51 seconds set by former TCU sprinter Ronnie Baker in 2016.
Several other athletes also made the finals of the men’s and women’s 60m dash, including Marcellus Moore of Texas, who won heat two with a time of 6.58 seconds, and Caleb Dean of Texas Tech, who clocked 6.58 seconds to take the third heat.
The women’s 60m dash final promises to be a thriller, with Alfred, Chukwuma, and Abba among the favorites to take home the title.
On the men’s side, Jones will be looking to cap off an impressive performance with a victory in the final, but he will face stiff competition from the likes of Moore, Don’dre Swint of Texas Tech, and Nylo Clarke, also of Texas Tech.
All eyes will be on the finals of the men’s and women’s 60m dash as the Big 12 Indoor Championships continue on Saturday (26).