The 8 best female performances in indoor athletics (so far) in 2022

The final turn of the calendar to March brings with it anticipation of the DI Indoor Athletics Championships, scheduled for March 11-12 in Birmingham, Ala. Before the Championships begin, let’s take a look at some of the standout performances from this season.

Abby Steiner | Kentucky | 200m

Abby Steiner has a season for the ages in the 200 meters. It’s been such a good season that her college-record performance in the Feb. 12 event — she ran 22.37 — isn’t her best performance of the season.

Why?

Well, Steiner shattered his own record a few weeks later at the SEC Championships, running a 22.09 to win the conference title. Steiner completely reset the college record.

More impressively, she set a new American indoor record with her time, leaving the 1996 record of 22.33 seconds held by Gwen Torrence in the dust. Steiner now ranks second in world history in the indoor 200 meters.

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Abby Steiner | Kentucky | 300m

If Steiner’s performance in the 200 yards wasn’t enough, you can find another great showing from the Kentucky product in the 300 yards at the Cardinal Classic in Louisville.

Steiner finished the 300 meters in a blistering 35.80 seconds, just 10 days into the DI season. In the process, she broke a 41-year-old record (1981) held by Merlene Ottey. Steiner broke the record by 0.03 seconds after no one has come within 0.29 seconds of the record in the past 39 years.

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Alia Armstrong | USL | 60h

LSU’s Alia Armstrong has sprinted to the top of the NCAA 60-meter hurdles charts all season. On February 11, Armstrong turned in his best performance yet at the Tyson Invitational.

Armstrong won in 7.81 seconds, the second fastest time in college history. The brand also set an LSU record and sits at the ninth fastest time in US history. Additionally, Armstrong now holds the second and fourth fastest times in NCAA history in the 60-meter hurdles, winning this time in January with a 7.86.

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Jasmine Moore | Florida | Triple jump

Jasmine Moore jumped into NCAA history at the Bob Pollock Invitational. The triple jump star set a collegiate record in the event, leaping 14.55 meters (47-9) on his second attempt at the competition. She broke the record by 0.02 meters, four years after it was established, in the same building.

Adelaide Aquilla | Ohio State | Shot put

In 2021, Adelaide Aquilla won the NCAA Indoor Shot Put Championship, the NCAA Outdoor Shot Put Championship and became an Olympian.

How did the Ohio State star and former figurehead pull off such an impressive run? With another PR of course!

At the Carolina Challenge, Aquilla threw for 19.09 meters (62-7.75) to set a new indoor personal best. His performance earns him fifth place on the all-time collegiate shot put list.

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Shey Taiwo | Ole Miss | Shot put

In January at the Indiana Relays, Shey Taiwo joined an elite group in the shot put with a throw of 25.02 meters. It was the best throw by a college athlete since 2008. Only four women in the history of the world have reached such a distance in the shot put; the others are Gwen Berry, Brittany Riley and Janeah Stewart.

Still, it’s not Taiwo’s most impressive performance this season.

At the Music City Challenge, Taiwo surpassed his previous mark with a throw of 25.19 meters in the fourth round. That throw set a world-leading mark in 2022 and is the third-best throw in NCAA history and the seventh-best throw in world history.

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Rachel Baxter | Virginia Tech | Pole vault

At the ACC Championships, Virginia Tech’s Rachel Baxter climbed into the college record books in the pole vault.

Baxter started at 4.11 yards and cleared seven to the first bar to start the event. Baxter then found himself on his own as the only remaining jumper and raised the bar to 4.61 meters (15-1.5). On his third attempt, Baxter cleared the bar, making NCAA history.

Baxter became the first collegiate athlete to clear 15 feet since 2020 and now ranks fifth on the NCAA’s all-time list.

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Arkansas | 4×400 relay

At the SEC Championships, the Arkansas women’s 4×400-meter relay erased the previous record set just a year ago. The Razorbacks won the SEC title with a time of 3:24.09, breaking the record of 3:26.27.

Britton Wilson ran the fastest split on the relay team, going under 50 in 49.83 seconds; Other Arkansas splits were 51.97 for Rosey Effiong, 51.69 for Jayla Hollis and 50.60 for Shafiqua Maloney.

Arkansas was not alone in breaking the previous record as Texas A&M finished second in 3:25.43 followed by Kentucky in third place in 3:25.89.

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