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Kiersten Duncan of Houston signed a track letter of intent with the University of Texas.
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.
Duncan's older sister, Kimberlyn Duncan, is a junior at LSU.
Kiersten, a senior at Houston Cy Springs High, placed third in the girls 200-meter dash at the UIL 5A State Track and Field Championships last year at the University of Texas.
Kiersten took first place at the New Balance Indoor Nationals with a time of 24.24 seconds, and ran even better three weeks later at the Shirley Crowe Invite Prelims, running the 200 in 24.09 seconds.
Kimberlyn, a 2011 finalist for The Bowerman. Duncan swept the NCAA's 200-meter titles in 2011 and, in both seasons, notched world-leading times. Duncan became the sixth woman in NCAA Division I history and the first since Auburn's Kerron Stewart in 2007 to sweep 200-meter titles in the same season. Indoors, Duncan won the SEC title in 22.78 for the world's best time of the season. Outdoors, Duncan was undefeated in the 200 meters and clocked a low-altitude collegiate record (and the third-best overall) with a 22.24 run. Duncan was also the NCAA's 100-meter runner-up and anchored the Lady Tigers to an NCAA title in the 4×100 (42.64).
Kimberlyn Duncan won the women's 200-meter dash at the 2012 New Balance Collegiate Invitational on Friday night at The Armory Track & Field Center in New York.
Duncan was the first to step onto the track for a championship final on the final day of competition at The Armory after posting Friday's fastest qualifying time in the 200-meter prelims at 23.34 seconds.
Duncan took control of the race early and never looked back as she crossed the finish line with a national-leading time of 23.22 to become the fifth Lady Tiger in meet history to claim the women's 200-meter title at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational. She joins a distinguished list of past LSU champions that also includes Lady Tiger greats Muna Lee (2002, 2003, 2004) and Kelly-Ann Baptiste (2007).
Duncan finished ahead of Texas A&M's duo of Dominique Duncan (23.63) and Ashley Collier (23.66) to take home the victory in the championship final and extend her collegiate winning streak in the 200-meter dash to 11-straight victories in finals dating back to the 2011 indoor season.
She has not tasted defeat in the 200 meters at the collegiate level since finishing in third place in the event final at the 2011 New Balance Collegiate Invitational as a sophomore a season ago.
"I'll take it," Duncan said following her victory. "Compared to what I was running last year, I am running faster and with better technique at this time of the year. I try to take advantage of every opportunity I have to improve myself. Any improvement I have each meet, I'll take it."
The Tigers and Lady Tigers make their return trip to the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark., next weekend to compete at the 2012 Tyson Invitational being held Feb. 10-11 at the University of Arkansas.
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