Duncan Named SEC Indoor Runner of the Year
BATON ROUGE - After sweeping SEC sprints titles in the 60 meters and 200 meters and taking home the Cliff Harper Trophy as the top point scorer at this year's SEC Indoor Championships, Lady Tiger senior Kimberlyn Duncan was honored Friday as the SEC Women's Indoor Runner of the Year for the 2013 season.
It marks the second time in her career that Duncan has been honored by the league's head coaches as the SEC Runner of the Year as she also claimed the award outdoors a year ago.
Duncan has picked up right where she left off as a favorite to win her second Bowerman Award as she is the No. 1-ranked 200-meter sprinter in the NCAA and World rankings for 2013 with an indoor best of 22.54 seconds run in winning her third-straight SEC Indoor crown in the event on Sunday. Her winning run of 22.54 at the SEC Indoor Championships is the sixth-fastest time indoors in collegiate history, and ranks Duncan as the NCAA's No. 5 performer all-time in the indoor 200 meters.
Duncan actually swept sprint titles at the 2013 SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships held this past weekend as she also won the 60-meter title for the first time in her career. She is the NCAA's second-ranked performer in the event this season with a personal record of 7.16 set at the Armory Collegiate Invitational on Feb. 1.
In addition, she ran the second leg of LSU's bronze-medal-winning 4x400-meter relay while scoring a total of 21.5 points in three days of competition at the SEC Indoor Championships. She also ran on the Lady Tigers' 4x400-meter relay that ran the NCAA's No. 6-ranked time this season at 3:33.91.
With her performance over the weekend, Duncan took home the SEC's Cliff Harper Trophy as the top individual point scorer during the SEC Indoor Championships.
Duncan's selection as the SEC Women's Indoor Runner of the Year comes just one day after her selection to The Bowerman Women's Watch List for the month of March.
It was Duncan's 15th career selection to The Bowerman Women's Watch List as she is tied with former Arkansas pole vaulter Tina Sutej and former Florida State jumper Kimberly Williams for the second-most selections in the award's history. She trails only the 22 watch list selections by former Oregon heptathlete and 2012 finalist Brianne Theisen.
A native of Katy, Texas, Duncan is one of only four sprinters in collegiate history to win back-to-back NCAA Indoor championships in the 200-meter dash, and she has an opportunity to make history as the first to win three-straight NCAA Indoor titles in the event when she lines up at the 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships on March 8-9.
Five other LSU athletes joined Duncan as a First-Team All-SEC performer on the strength of their gold-medal-winning performances at the SEC Indoor Championships last weekend.
Also receiving First-Team All-SEC honors in Friday's announcement were such SEC Indoor champions as senior Laura Carleton (5,000 meters), senior Charlene Lipsey (800 meters), junior Denise Hinton (weight throw), junior Jasmin Stowers (60 hurdles) and sophomore Aaron Ernest (200 meters).
LSU Track & Field athletes earning selections to the SEC All-Freshman Team as the top freshman finisher in their events at this year's SEC Indoor meet were Therese Jernbeck (pentathlon), Joshua Lamers (60 hurdles), Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (200 meters) and Shanice Hall (high jump).
2013 SEC Indoor Track & Field Awards
Men's Coach of the Year: Chris Bucknam, Arkansas
Women's Coach of the Year: Lance Harter, Arkansas
Men's Runner of the Year: Deon Lendore, Texas A&M
Men's Field Athlete of the Year: Marquis Dendy, Florida
Men's Freshman Runner of the Year: Markesh Woodson, Missouri
Men's Freshman Field Athlete of the Year: Jake Blankenship, Tennessee
Women's Runner of the Year: Kimberlyn Duncan, LSU
Women's Field Athlete of the Year: Makeba Alcide, Arkansas
Women's Freshman Runner of the Year: Shaunae Miller, Georgia
Women's Freshman Field Athlete of the Year: LaQue Moen-Davis, Texas A&M