LSU All-American sprinter Kimberlyn Duncan became the third-fastest performer in collegiate history in the 100 meters at the Southeastern Conference Track and Field Championships on Sunday afternoon.
Duncan, a junior, shot out of the starting blocks and raced to the win in 10.96 seconds with a 1.9 meters per second tailwind at her back — just under the allowable of 2.0 mps for record-keeping purposes — in front of a large crowd in LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium.
Former LSU star Dawn Sowell holds the collegiate mark at 10.78 seconds, which she recorded at the 1989 NCAA Championships in Provo, Utah. The No. 2 all-time performer is Texas A&M’s Simone Facey, who ran a 10.95 at the Big 12 Championships in Boulder, Colo., in 2008.
Those times for Sowell and Facey were run at altitude, which means the 10.93 run by Sowell at the Texas Relays in 1989 is the all-time top performance at sea level — followed by Duncan.
Duncan also broke the SEC meet record of 11.03, which was set by Auburn’s Kerron Stewart in 2006, and her own Bernie Moore Stadium record of 11.05 seconds, which she set April 21 in the LSU Alumni Gold Invitational.
LSU’s Semoy Hackett finished second to Duncan on Sunday, posting a personal-record time of 11.10 seconds.
The 1-2 finish by Duncan and Hackett and a seventh-place effort from Takeia Pinckney in 11.49 seconds helped the Lady Tigers surge into the team lead with 1041/2 points to Florida’s 97 with only six events remaining.