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LSU sophomore Kimberlyn Duncan joined some elite company Saturday as the Lady Tiger sprinter won her fifth straight 200-meter dash in a wind-aided time of 22.18 (+3.2) at the LSU Alumni Gold Meet at LSU's Bernie Moore That performance ranks the NCAA Indoor champion No. 3 in NCAA history under all conditions with the 200 meters as she trails only LSU's collegiate record holder Dawn Sowell (22.04) in 1989 and Nebraska's Merlene Ottey (22.11w) in 1983 on the all-time collegiate list.
"I didn't even realize it until my mother took me to get some ice cream and told me," Duncan said. "It's a wonderful feeling to actually be the youngest because the other two were seniors when they posted their times."
Duncan was certainly challenged for the 200-meter title by Murielle Ahoure, as the former Miami star ran 22.31 to finish runner-up in arguably the most exciting race of the afternoon.
"I think it helped me being pushed like that," Duncan said. "She was trying to push me out of the curve and I knew I had to stay with her but I knew I couldn't let her get ahead of me."
Duncan, a native of Katy, Tx., is the daughter of Ferriday High graduates Antonne Duncan, Jr. and Schrylean Nix- Duncan. 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.Duncan, who lined up Saturday as the NCAA leader in the 200-meter dash with her time of 22.76 seconds set at the LSU Invitational on April 2, might have put the No. 1 ranking out of reach for the rest of the country with her fifth straight win, a streak that dates back to a win indoors at the Tyson Invitational on Feb. 12.
"I'm running with a lot of confidence right now," Duncan said. "I make sure I go through the right steps of warming up properly and preparing myself mentally. There is such a thing as peaking too early, but I am continuing to work hard and want to improve each time out. It's important to just keep making progress each time I get a chance to run."
Duncan ran a personal best time (22.78)in winning the 200-meter dash at the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships in Fayetteville, Ar., in February, she also ran the fastest time in the world this season.
If her performance in the 200 meters weren't enough, Duncan ran anchor for the first time in her career on LSU's 4x100-meter relay as she teamed with a new-look group of senior Kenyatta Wilson, junior Semoy Hackett and junior Rebecca Alexanderfor seasonal-best time of 43.31 in the first final on the track during the afternoon session. The Lady Tigers rank No. 2 in the NCAA in the sprint relay.
"I'm also proud of what we did in the relay," Duncan said. "There were no butterflies, even running anchor. We were just ready to go. I'm happy with the way we performed. We're all proud of it."
Duncan said running relays is a totally different mindset than running sprint s.
"When running relays you have teammates depending on you," Duncan said. "You have to get that good start before receiving the baton. I like it because it's very exciting. And it's another chance for me to get us more points."
LSU will be competing in the Penn Relays this weekend.
The first Penn Relays was held on April 21, 1895, in conjunction with the University's Spring Handicap Track and Field Games, the meet, now the longest uninterrupted collegiate track meet in the country, was a greater success than hoped for, drawing an attendance of approximately 5,000, the largest track and field crowd to that time in Philadelphia.
At the dawn of the 20th century, track and field in the United States was centered around the three large eastern cities of Boston, New York and Philadelphia. In addition to being the largest track crowd in Philadelphia, it was immediately one of the largest in America.
"That's always an exciting meet and I'm looking forward to the competition," Duncan said.
The SEC Outdoor Track Championships will be May 12-15 in Athens, Ga.
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