What’s next for Kemba Nelson?

Kemba Nelson finishes 2nd in the women’s NCAA 100M final will a time of 11.05.


Kemba Nelson finished second in the 100 meters, after helping the University of Oregon women take third in the 4x100 relay.

Nelson finished second in the 100 to Julien Alfred of Texas by five one-thousandths of a second. With a strong start by Nelson, Alfred came back to gain the edge in the final few meters but Nelson leaned at the tape to close the gap.

"It was a tough field, talented women, and I knew I had to start (fast)," Nelson said. "I kind of did what coach (Curtis) Taylor said: get out and have them come chase me. I think I did that. I felt like I reached for the line a little bit early; maybe that's why I lost the lead. The fight going to the line, it's a good feeling, but just the timing of the lean could have been better." 





Kemba Nelson Bio - TFRRS PROFILE
Indoor – NCAA champion (60 meters) … opened the season with a victory over 60 meters at the Razorback Invitational (Jan. 30), crossing the finish line in 7.19; qualified for the final with a 7.26 in the prelims … in lone appearance at 200 meters, clocked a time of 23.53 to finish second …

Secured a second 60-meters win at the Tyson Invitational (Feb. 13) with a time of 7.24 in the final … matched her then-season’s best of 7.19 in the prelims of the Championships at the Peak (Feb. 27) … went on to finish second (7.27) in the final

Began the NCAA Championships with a time of 7.13 in the prelims; advanced as the third-fastest qualifier … in the final, stopped the clock in 7.05 to break the collegiate record and win the national title

Surpassed the previous record of 7.07 shared by former UO standout Hannah Cunliffe and Aleia Hobbs (LSU)

Became the third UO woman to win the NCAA 60-meter title, joining Cunliffe and English Gardner. Outdoor – NCAA qualifier (100m, 4x100m)

Pac-12 champion (4x100m) … Pac-12 Championships runner-up (100m) … recorded a windy 22.79 (+2.5) at the season-opening Aztec Invitational (March 27)

First cracked the UO top 10 with a time of 11.18 (1.0) to win the 100 meters at the West Coast Classic (April 17) … also turned in a runner-up showing of 23.03 (0.4) over 200 meters

Running in a loaded field during the USATF Grand Prix (April 24) at Hayward Field, registered a time of 11.08 (+2.4) in the prelims; finished fifth (11.22) in the final

Part of winning 4x100-meter relay (42.97) at the Desert Heat Classic

Teamed with Jadyn Mays, Jasmin Reed and Danyel White to win the Pac-12 title in the 4x100-meter relay … quartet combined for a winning time of 42.87

Scored an additional 13 points at the conference meet with a runner-up finish in the 100 meters (11.29) and fourth-place effort in the 200 meters (23.14)

Clocked an all-conditions best of 10.91 (+2.1) in the opening round of the NCAA West Preliminary

Followed up with a wind-legal 10.98 to advance to the national meet … just the fifth UO woman—Nelson, Jasmine Todd, Jenna Prandini, English Gardner, Hannah Cunliffe—with a wind-legal, sub-11 time … also helped the 4x100m post a time of 42.94 to advance to NCAAs … finished fourth in the 100 meters at the NCAA Championships with a slightly wind-aided time of 10.90 (+2.2) … tied for the 10th-fastest wind-aided performance in collegiate history … relay quartet posted the second-fastest qualifying time of 42.86 at the NCAA meet; team was disqualified in the final on a bad exchange … time from the prelim was good for No. 5 on the UO all-time list at season’s end … went on to finish in seventh place (11.16) in the 100 meters at the Jamaican Championships … posted times of 11.05 and 11.06 in the first round and semifinals, respectively.



Before Oregon...
Two-time champion at the 2019 Jamaican U20 Championships, sweeping the 100 and 200 meters with personal-best times of 11.49 and 23.57, respectively … 2019 CARIFTA Games champion with the 4x100m … also finished third at the CARIFTA meet over 100 meters … finalists in the 100 meters at the 2019 NACAC U23 Championships and Pan American U20 Championships … qualified for the 2018 IAAF World U20 Championships with the 4x100m … finished third at the 2018 Jamaican U20 meet in the 100 meters (11.79) … runner-up in the 100 meters (11.72) and fourth in the 200 meters (23.92) at the 2017 Kingston ISSA Boys’ and Girls’ Athletics Championships.


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