Jamal Watkins to compete at NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship this weekend

Jamal Watkins (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)
Jamal Watkins (photo by Jimmy Mitchell)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—Sophomore sprinter Jamal Watkins has qualified for the 2016 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship in the 60-meter sprint.

The championship takes place this weekend, March 11-12, at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa.

Watkins is ranked sixth in the nation in the 60m heading into the championship, and is the top-ranked 60m sprinter in the South/Southeast Region.

"Jamal has put in a lot of work this indoor season and deserves this opportunity to compete at the national level and represent BSC on the highest collegiate stage," Head Coach Kenneth Cox said. "The work ethic and focus that he displays is unbelievable and he continues to improve every week. This is our fifth consecutive appearance at the NCAA Indoor Championship, and I never take these blessings for granted as it takes a lot to return each year."

Preliminaries will take place this Friday at 3:30 p.m. CST, with the finals on Saturday at 3:15 p.m. CST. A complete list of events can be found here, with results that will be updated throughout the championship.

Watkins, from Hampton, Ga., transferred to BSC this past fall from Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kan. He is also a standout wide receiver on the football team.