INDIANAPOLIS - Louisiana State University sprinter Kimberlyn Duncan has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after winning the 100m, 200m and as part of the winning 4x100m at the NCAA East Regional meet last weekend at the University of North Florida.
Duncan’s time of 22.22 seconds to win the 200m makes her the new world leader and broke the low-altitude collegiate record.
“I didn’t even know I did that,” Duncan said of breaking the collegiate record. “One of the coaches told me and my mom told me. I was not expecting to do that this weekend so that was wonderful.”
Duncan’s time puts her second on the all-time NCAA outdoor list behind only former LSU sprint star Dawn Sowell.
“I didn’t expect to be doing what I am doing so to be mentioned along names like Dawn Sowell is amazing,” said Duncan. “It means I’ve accomplished a lot and I still have more to accomplish to fill their shoes.”
Duncan will compete next at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which are scheduled for June 6-9 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, where she will take a shot at a national championship.
“It’s a great field. All the girls are great athletes,” said Duncan of her competitors. “I’ll have to come out with my ‘A’ game to go up against all these ladies.”
Now in its 11th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on www.usatf.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2012 Winners: January 5, Landon Peacock; January 11, Kirubel Erassa; January 18, Shalane Flanagan; January 26, John Nunn; February 1, Gunnar Nixon; February 8, Jenn Suhr; February 14, Jillian-Camarena Williams; February 22, Brycen Spratling; February 28, Chaunte Lowe; March 7, Eric Broadbent; March 14, Ashton Eaton; March 21, Jeanne Daprano; March 27, Wallace Spearmon; April 3, Trevor Barron; April 9, Kevin Castille; April 18, Brittney Reese; April 25, Amy Sproston; May 2, Leo Manzano; May 9, Stephanie Brown-Trafton; May 16, Allyson Felix; May 23, Nick Hartle; May 30, Kimberlyn Duncan.