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|Duncan runs fastest time|
LSU sophomore Kimberlyn Duncan not only ran a personal best time in winning the 200-meter dash at the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ar., Saturday, she also ran the fastest time in the world this season.
"I didn't realize until I finished and the announcer said the time," Duncan said. "I didn't really think I ran that fast. I was really excited when I heard the time. My goal was to break 23 seconds indoors."
Duncan's parents, Antonne Duncan, Jr. and Schrylean Nix- Duncan are both graduates of Ferriday High School. She is the paternal grandaughter of Antonne Duncan, Sr. and Maxine Duncan of Ferriday and the maternal grandaughter of Albert Nix and Gloria Nix of Clayton, La. She is also the niece of Clarence "Papa" Skipper and Kimelar Nix-Skipper and LaShinda Nix of Clayton, La and Mary Duncan-Curry and Francis Duncan of Ferriday, La.
After scoring a point with an eighth-place finish in the 60-meter dash earlier in the day, Duncan clocked a new world-leading and NCAA-leading personal best of 22.78 to capture the women's 200-meter title over junior teammate (22.84). Hackett actually set the previous world-leading and national best time of 22.86 during the 200-meter prelim on Saturday afternoon.
"Knowing my teammate was out there really pushed me," Duncan said. "And I wanted to get us as many points as we could get."
After scoring 135 points over the course of three days of competition at the Randal Tyson Track Center, the No. 2-ranked Lady Tigers captured yet another conference title with their dominating victory Sunday afternoon at the 2011 SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships.
"That was exciting, especially coming off winning the SEC Outdoor Championship last year," Duncan said.
The Lady Tigers highlighted an exciting afternoon of championship action by defeating the homestanding Arkansas Razorbacks by a final score of 135-118 to capture their 23rd conference championship all-time and their league-leading 12th SEC Indoor title in program history. The Tennessee Lady Volunteers were in a distant third place after scoring 78 points during this year's SEC Indoor meet.
Duncan became the seventh Lady Tiger to win her event as the LSU women have now won 12 SEC Indoor 200-meter event championships in team history. Lady Tiger great Hazelann Regis was the last to win the 200-meter dash at the SEC Indoor Championships during her senior season in 2005.
"We all know what we have to do when we come to this meet. Coach Shaver is always telling us to do the things we did to get here and that the points are going to take care of themselves," Duncan said. "We were able to do that today. It feels great that Semoy and I are starting to run well together. We are ready for this NCAA meet. We've just done a great job of pushing each other all fall and now in the indoor season."
As a freshman, Duncan finished in 13th-place finisher in the qualifying round at both U.S. Outdoor national meets. She clocked 23.58 in the national semifinal during the outdoor season. Ducan qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a fifth-place finish in the 200-meter dash at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, N.C. She set a new lifetime personal best of 23.08 in the first round of qualifying at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds. Duncan earned her first career All-America honor during the outdoor season as a member of LSU's 4x100-meter relay team
Last year in the SEC Indoor Tournament, Duncan recorded an indoor personal best with an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 23.57 in the preliminary round at the SEC meet.
"Each year I want to improve more and more," Duncan said. "It was a big adjustment coming from a small school to LSU, especially competing in the SEC."
The Lady Tigers will have one final opportunity to prepare for the national meet as they are set to host the LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier on Friday at the Carl Maddox Field House.
The 2011 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships are set to run in two weeks from March 11-12 at the Gilliam Indoor Track Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M University in College Station.
"That will be exciting,'" Duncan said. 'I have a lot of confidence and momentum right now. And I'm looking forward to going to College Station and getting back home."
Duncan began running competitively in the fourth grade.
"I ran after school for our YMCA program and my coach asked my parents about letting me run in meets," Duncan said. "I ran that year and then picked it back up in the seventh grade and have been running competitively ever since."
Duncan won the Texas Class 5A state title in the 200 meters with a time of 23.59 in the final at the 2009 University Interscholastic League State Championships held at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas.
Her younger sister Kiersten also runs competitively and has put up impressive numbers of her won in high school.
"We push each other," Kimberlyn said. "She will tell me, 'I can beat you,' and I will say, 'C'mon, let's go.'"
Duncan said she tries to visit Ferriday often during the off-season.
As for the future, Duncan said she has her sights on London next year for the 2012 Summer Olympics.
"That's another goal of mine," she said. "I just plan to continue working hard. Hard work will eventually pay off. Hopefully everything will fall into place."
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