Campus: CSU Los Angeles -- May 29, 2002
Cal State L.A.'s student joins elite group of collegiate
athletes which includes Jesse Owens
Cal State L.A.'s Nicole Duncan Makes History as the Fourth Athlete Ever
to Win the NCAA Championship in the 100 Meter Dash, 200 Meter Dash and
Long Jump in the Same Year Joins elite group of collegiate athletes
which includes Jesse Owens.
Cal State L.A. fifth-year senior Nicole Duncan (Kingston, Jamaica/Meadowbrook
HS) made NCAA history on Saturday night at the NCAA Division II Track
and Field Championships in San Angelo, Texas, becoming the fourth NCAA
athlete ever -- regardless of gender or division -- to win the 100 meter
dash, 200 meter dash and long jump in the same year.
Duncan also tied the NCAA women's Division II record for individual
championships in a year with the three awards. She concludes her collegiate
career as the most decorated track and field athlete in Cal State L.A.
history with a total of eight NCAA individual titles and 14 All-American
awards. Five of those eight NCAA titles came during the 2001-02 school
year, adding the indoor long jump and indoor 60 meter dash to the three
outdoor championships earned Saturday night.
Duncan opened the night with her 100 meter win in a time of 11.40 seconds,
defeating conference-rival Carmelita Jeter of Cal State Dominguez Hills
(11.46). After passing on her first long jump attempt (to run the final
of the 100 meters), Duncan posted the eventual winning leap of 20' 10
3/4" on her second official attempt. She then set her sights on
the 200 meter dash, winning in a time of 23.49 seconds, ahead of Fort
Valley State's Nadia Douglas (23.60) to complete the trifecta. Duncan
also posted the same 20' 10 3/4" mark on her final attempt of the
In women's competition, Lisa Dillard accomplished the feat at Division
III's Christopher Newport in 1987 while Chandra Sturrup previously was
the only Div. II athlete to accomplish that triple (Norfolk State, 1992).
On the men's side, only Ohio State's Jesse Owens won those three events
in the same year, doing so in both 1935 and 1936.
"I feel real good, but a little overwhelmed at that (fact),"
said Duncan, when told she had made NCAA history on Saturday night.
"I knew down deep it would happen (winning all three events), but
this is still a very good feeling. I didn't want to jinx it after last
year. It's been a great day for the Golden Eagles."
Earlier on Saturday, junior teammate Maegan Bergeson (Jr., Oceanside,
CA/ Rancho Buena Vista HS) earned All-America honors in the women's
javelin, taking seventh place with a throw of 136' 4". Golden Eagle
men's senior Taras Rohde (Sr., Fallbrook, CA/Fallbrook HS) also earned
All-America honors on Saturday night, finishing seventh in the men's
shot put with a throw of 56' 10 3/4".
In the final women's team standings, Cal State L.A. took eighth place
with a team score of 32 points, the Golden Eagles best national finish
since a third-place showing in 1996. Duncan was responsible for 30 of
those points, a total which outscored every women's team at the NCAA
meet except for nine. St. Augustine's won the women's crown with 54
points, followed by North Dakota State with 53.
The Cal State L.A. men scored two points with Rohde's seventh-place
showing in the shot put, good for 49th place. Abilene Christian won
the men's team title with 91 points, followed by St. Augustine's with
Among current Division II schools, Cal State L.A. ranks third with an
updated total of 17 individual NCAA women's outdoor track and field
titles and fourth in the men's standings with 18 individual national
titles. Combined, the Cal State L.A. men's and women's track and field
programs now have earned 69 individual national championships in school
Contact: Chris Hughes, Cal State L.A. Sports Information Director
office phone: (323) 343-5308
home phone: (310) 471-7438