After being honored by the Southeastern Conference office as SEC Athletes of the Week a week ago, LSU Track & Field juniors Kimberlyn Duncan and Damar Forbes were recognized for the second week in a row following their performance at the Tyson Invitational this past weekend.
Duncan was honored as the SEC Women’s Runner of the Week again on Tuesday, while Forbes captured the SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week honor for the second-straight week.
Duncan’s repeat selection Tuesday marks the fourth-straight week in which a Lady Tiger has been picked as the SEC Women’s Runner of the Week as senior Cassandra Tate was honored Jan. 24 and junior Charlene Lipsey was recognized Jan. 31 prior to Duncan in each of the last two weeks.
While already establishing herself as the NCAA Championships favorite in the 200-meter dash in 2012 as the defending NCAA Indoor champion and current NCAA leader in the event, Duncan emerged as a championship contender in the 60-meter dash with a personal-best performance this weekend at the Tyson Invitational held at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
Duncan set back-to-back personal bests of 7.28 seconds in the semifinal and 7.26 in the final en route to a second-place finish in the championship final of the 60-meter dash on Friday night behind only Central Florida’s national-leading freshman Octavious Freeman (7.20).
After entering this year’s Tyson Invitational with her previous seasonal best of 7.34, Duncan ranked No. 1 in the SEC and No. 6 in the NCAA at 7.26 as a championship contender in the 60-meter dash.
A native of Katy, Texas, Duncan followed her performance in the 60 meters by capturing her 12th-straight finals victory against collegiate competition in the 200-meter dash on Saturday with a winning time of 23.23 that ranks as the No. 3 time in the world for the 2012 indoor season. Duncan, who is currently rated No. 1 in the NCAA in the 200 meters with a seasonal best 23.22, has now run four of the world’s five best times indoors in 2012, including No. 2 at 23.22, No. 3 at 23.23, No. 4 at 23.25 and No. 5 at 23.29.
Forbes has also been recognized again this week as the SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week after taking the NCAA lead in the long jump with his Tyson Invitational victory on Friday night.
Forbes set a new indoor personal record with a jump of 26 feet, 7 ¾ inches on his third jump of the prelim round to take the title by more than 15 inches over Ole Miss’ Caleb Lee (25-3 ¼). It was the third-straight week in which Forbes set a 2012 seasonal best after posting jumps at 26-0 ¼ at the Razorback Invitational on Jan. 27 and 26-0 ¾ at the New Balance Collegiate Invitational on Feb. 3.
A native of Decatur, Ga., Forbes entered the Tyson Invitational as the nation’s No. 2-ranked performer for the long jump with his previous best of 26-0 ¾. With his mark of 26-7 ¾ on Friday night, he soared ahead of the previous NCAA-leading mark of 26-7 by Texas standout Marquise Goodwin.
Forbes also moved into the No. 3 spot on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the long jump trailing only the likes of Tiger greats John Moffitt (27-1 ¾) and Walter Davis (26-9) in school history.