Breaking Down Freshman Women's Impact At The NCAA Level

Breaking into the top 10 among the indoor ranks for Division I women has been harder to come by for freshman athletes. Generally, established veterans have set the tone during the indoor season, leaving rookie athletes to play catch up. 

That differs from the men's ranks, where freshman have consistently laid down impressive results early on. Still, there's a lot of season left before the NCAA Division I Championships, which are being held from March 9-10 at Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas. 

We found when looking at women's results that it's been consistently harder for freshman to crack the top 10, with no debut athletes featuring in the 200m, 400m, mile, 3000m, high jump, triple jump, shot put or weight throw. 

One particular athlete, Georgia's Tara Davis, however, is about as close as you can get to cracking the top 10 in two events. She's currently No. 4 in the long jump with a mark of 21-1.25 and is No. 12 in the 60mH with a time of 8.20. 

Another, Furman's Kristlin Gear, who is a six-time state champ in Florida for Fort Myers High, set a school record for the Paladins in her first go at an indoor 800m, producing a career best time of 2:08.18.

Two athletes seem ready to make a breakthrough, with Texas Tech's Kaylor Harris (60mH) and Stephen F. Austin's Carson Dingler (pole vault) both sitting at the No. 11 position in their events. 

And if there's been any event where freshmen have had no problem competing among NCAA Division I best,  it's been in the pole vault, where two athletes from Virginia Tech have stormed high in the ranks. International recruit Lisa Gunnarsson is No. 3 with a vault of 14-6, while Canyon Anaheim Hills (CA) graduate Rachel Baxter is No. 7 with a height of 14-0. 

Check out the full list of athletes who have marked an effort inside the top 10 of indoor events so far in NCAA Division I women's action. 

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NCAA Women's 60m -- Freshmen Inside The Top 10


KaTia Seymour

Florida State7.31Larry Wieczorek InvitationalJan. 19

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NCAA Women's 800m -- Freshmen Inside The Top 10


Kristlin Gear

Furman2:08.18Vanderbilt InvitationalJan. 19

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NCAA Women's 5000m -- Freshmen Inside The Top 10 


Weini Kelati

New Mexico15:37.03Boston University Season OpenerDec. 2

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NCAA Women's 60mH -- Freshmen Inside The Top 10 

#NameSchoolTime EventDate

Chanel Brissett

Southern California8.17MLK Collegiate InvitationalJan. 19

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NCAA Women's Pole Vault -- Freshmen Inside The Top 10

NameSchoolTime EventDate

Lisa Gunnarsson

Virginia Tech14-6Nittany Lion ChallengeJan. 13

Rachel Baxter

Virginia Tech14-0Nittany Lion ChallengeJan. 13

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NCAA Women's Long Jump -- Freshmen Inside The Top 10


Tara Davis

Georgia21-1.25Clemson Orange & Purple InviteJan. 6

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NCAA Women's Pentathlon -- Freshmen Inside The Top 10


Amanda Froeynes

Florida4199Clemson InvitationalJan. 19