On Feb. 5, Texas sprinter Julien Alfred ran 60 meters in 7.00 seconds, breaking the NCAA record in the event. Most remarkably, however, that was her third time breaking the record this season. Alfred first ran 7.04, then 7.02, before lowering her own record to where it stands now. Incredibly, she has now run four of the fastest five times in NCAA history. Alfred is now tied for 14th place in world history, including professionals.
Just how fast can Alfred run this year? She has already shaved a tenth of a second off of her previous personal best this season, but at the rapid rate she has been lowering her record, I fully expect her to lower it at least one more time, even with time starting to run out on the season. She will likely be able to become the first woman to ever run sub-seven while still in college. My prediction is that she will run a 6.98 at either the conference or NCAA championship meets which would put Alfred ninth all-time, tied with professionals Elaine Thompson, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Aleia Hobbs.
100 Meter Record in Danger?
It will be extremely exciting to see what Alfred can do in the outdoor season. Her 10.81 100-meter dash from last season already ranks third all-time for a collegiate athlete. If Alfred can transfer her huge indoor improvements to the longer 100 meters, Sha’Carri Richardson’s 10.75 NCAA record from 2019 is easily within reach. I could see Alfred running as low as a 10.70, given just how much progress she has made over the last year. If she can accomplish that lofty prediction, she would rank fifth all-time for any athlete, collegiate or professional. It is clear that Alfred is establishing herself as one of the great NCAA short sprinters in history.
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