Watkins wins silver in 200-meter dash at NCAA Championship, Luster places 17th in triple jump

Head Coach Kenneth Cox and Jamal Watkins at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Waverly, Iowa
Head Coach Kenneth Cox and Jamal Watkins at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Waverly, Iowa

WAVERLY, Iowa—Sophomore Jamal Watkins won his second silver medal of the year this weekend at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship in Waverly, Iowa, placing second in the 200-meter dash. Freshman Cameron Luster also competed, finishing 17th in the triple jump.

Watkins clocked a time of 21.84 seconds to finish second in the nation behind Occidental's Hugh Pegan with a time of 21.59. He also competed in the 100-meter dash, placing second in the preliminaries with a time of 10.41, which beat the stadium record. Unfortunately he was disqualified in the finals due to a false start, but rebounded later in the day with his second-place 200-meter finish.

Luster finished 17th in the triple jump with a mark of 14.09 meters. Buffalo State's Benjamin Ezike was the national champion with a distance of 15.53 meters.

"I'm extremely proud of the way our men competed this week at nationals," Head Coach Kenneth Cox said. "They have worked very hard to get to the national level and have so much more growing to do within their events and throughout our program."

Watkins also won silver earlier this year in the indoor 60-meter dash at the NCAA Championship in March in Grinnell, Iowa.