Coleman Wins Two National Championships
March 11, 2017


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COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- Christian Coleman completed one of the most dominant days in collegiate track history as he won two national championships on day two of the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at Texas A&M's Rhonda and Frosty Gilliam Jr. Indoor Track Stadium.

Coleman won the 60m and 200m national titles, becoming only the third person in the last 30 years to win both championships. The other two were #VFL Justin Gatlin (2002) and TCU's Kim Collins (2001). The double led the Tennessee men to a tie for 10th place.

Coleman won the 60m dash by tying a collegiate record as he crossed the line in 6.45 seconds. The junior had a .09 second margin of victory over Houston's Cameron Burrell, which is the largest margin of victory in NCAA Championship history and set a NCAA Indoor National Championship meet record. Coleman also set facility record and school record in the 60m dash. His mark also tied for the top mark posted in the world during the 2017 year.

The Atlanta native tied the collegiate record set by Leonard Myles-Mills (BYU), which was set in 1999 at the WAC Indoor Championships. Coleman collected Tennessee's third national championship in the event, tied for the most 60m championships in NCAA history with TCU and Florida. Tennessee is second all-time in 55m/60m victories with five national championships across those events, which only trails Texas A&M's six titles.

Coleman has now scored 19 career points in the 60m at the NCAA Championship, which is tied for the 15th-most points all-time. Coleman finished sixth as a freshman in 2015 and third last year.

In the 200m, Coleman made up the stagger on LSU's Nethaniel Mitchell-Blake by the end of the first turn. Coleman then went on to torch the field with the second-fastest collegiate time in history as he finished in 20.11. Coleman's mark is the fastest in the world this year and only trailed Wallace Spearmon's 2005 mark of 20.10. Coleman won his heat by more than half a second. He also exacted revenge on Alabama's Jereem Richards who won the SEC Championship over Coleman. Richards finished in second place with a time of 20.31.

Coleman won the NCAA Championship in the 200m for the second consecutive season. He is just the eighth student-athlete since 1988 to win two NCAA titles in the indoor 200m; Ameer Webb (Texas A&M -- 2012, 13), Walter Dix (Florida State -- 2006, 07), Leo Bookman (Kansas -- 2003, 04), Shawn Crawford (Clemson -- 1998, 2000), Obadele Thompson (UTEP -- 1996-97), Chris Nelloms (Ohio State -- 1993, 94), Michael Johnson (Baylor - 1989, 90).

The 200m championship is the fourth in that distance in school history. That brings Tennessee into a tie for the most in NCAA history with Baylor. Coleman now has 20 career points in the 200m after winning the event last year. He is now tied for the seventh-most points all-time in the 200m.

Tennessee now has 58 men's national championships, 25 of which have come indoors. The school has produced 53 total indoor national champions.

In addition to Coleman, two other Vols were in action on Saturday. Stamatia Scarvelis earned second team All-American honors as she took 10th place in the weight throw. The sophomore had a throw of 20.50m (67-3.25) to finish one spot out of the finals. The mark was Scarvelis' second-best throw of the season, following the school record of 21.49m (70-6.25) which she set at the SEC Championship.

Freshman Darryl Sullivan earned second team All-American honors as he finished tied for 12th in the men's long jump competition. Sullivan cleared the bar at 2.10m (6-10.75) on his first attempt. However, Sullivan just missed clearing the next height of 2.15m (7-0.5). Sullivan concludes the indoor season holding the fifth best high jump in school history and the Tennessee freshman record.

Mustaqeem Williams also earned second-team All-American honors after finishing 10th in the 60m dash.

Results

Saturday's Results
60m Finals: 1. Christian Coleman, 6.45
200m Finals: 1. Christian Coleman, 20.11
High Jump: t-12. Darryl Sullivan, 2.10m (6-10.75)
Weight Throw: 10. Stamatia Scarvelis, 20.50m (67-3.25)

Friday's Results
60m Prelims: 1. Christian Coleman, 6.50; 10. Mustaqeem Williams, 6.76
200m Prelims: 3. Christian Coleman, 20.51

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