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|Duncan continues breaking records|
Kimberlyn Duncan surprised even herself at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Fla., this past weekend as she crushed her own low-altitude collegiate record in the 200-meter dash to lead 12 semifinal qualifiers on the final day of competition at Hodges Stadium at the University of North Florida.
On a calm and cool Saturday evening in Jacksonville, Duncan blew away the competition to cross the line in 22.22 seconds to win the first quarterfinal heat and cruise into the NCAA semifinals.
"It was nice weather the whole time down there and that really makes a difference," Duncan said. "I wasn't expecting the time I had, I was expecting that at a later date. But I'm happy to get it."
That performance eclipsed her previous personal record and low-altitude collegiate record of 22.24 posted in winning the NCAA Outdoor crown as a sophomore just one year ago. It also moved her to No. 2 on the NCAA's all-time wind-legal list as former Lady Tiger national champion Dawn Sowell set the all-altitude collegiate record of 22.04 at altitude in Provo, Utah, at the 1987 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
While running with only the slightest of tailwinds at 0.1 meters per second, Duncan also became the 2012 world leader in the 200-meter dash, surpassing the previous world-leading 22.31 (+1.5) by Carmelita Jeter at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational in Westwood, Calif., on April 14.
A native of Katy, Texas whose parents, Antonne and Schrylean Nix-Duncan are from Ferriday, Duncan has shown tremendous form as the defending NCAA 200-meter champion as she is now a national semifinalist in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes with her performance for the weekend at the 2012 NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville.
Both the semifinal and final rounds of the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships will run June 6-9 at Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
"I'm just trying to qualify for the next round. The goal at this meet is to just get to the next round and score points for my team at nationals. It just felt like a normal race. I'm really excited with the way I ran my race, and am now ready for nationals. That's what we've been working for all year."
Four other LSU sprinters set personal records in the quarterfinals of the 200-meter dash in the finale at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds.
"When I see other people on the team doing well, it motivates me even more," Duncan said. "I'm going to keep working hard and giving it my best. I'm going to rest up a bit in Baton Rouge and then I will be ready to go again."
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