Watkins Regional Runner of the Year, Breaks Record in Prelims

Watkins Regional Runner of the Year, Breaks Record in Prelims

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Sophomore Jamal Watkins (Hampton, Ga./Dodge City CC) is having a big week so far.  After being voted to the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association All-South/Southeast Region team in two events, the sprinter was named the organizations regional runner of the year.  He also set a new facility record in the 60 meter dash preliminaries Friday afternoon at the NCAA Division III National Championships to earn a spot in Saturday's finals.


"Well deserved recognition for Jamal," said Head Coach Kenneth Cox.  "He works hard, believes in what we do and doesn't back down from hard work. To be attending his second straight indoor championships, he knows that making the national meet is not an easy process."


Watkins crossed in 6.74 seconds, winning his heat and breaking the Al B. Carius Track record by 0.02 seconds.  The time also broke his season record by 0.05 seconds and was just 0.02 seconds off his career best.


With the performance, he advances to the finals and will race for the title at approximately 2:55 p.m. on Saturday.  Below is a video of the day's events.  Fast forward to 4:16:00 to see Watkins run in the primaries.



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