LOS ANGELES, June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- For the second year in a row, LSU's Kimberlyn Duncan (Katy, Tex.) has received the Honda Sports Award for track and field and becomes a finalist for the 2013 Honda Cup. The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) will present the Honda Cup live on ESPNU, June 24 at the USC Galen Center Founders Room in Los Angeles.
"It's a great honor to be considered for the Honda Cup, and I just want to thank The Collegiate Women's Sports Awards for their consideration again this year. I could've never imagined coming so far in my four years at LSU. I want to thank my coaches, my teammates, our support staff and, most importantly, my family for their continued support in helping me get to where I am today," said Duncan.
Duncan made history by winning the 200m title at the NCAA Championships for the third year in a row, the first athlete ever to win this event three times. Her winning time of 22.04 tied the NCAA record in the event and took her team to a fourth place finish overall. Earlier in the winter, she had won the NCAA 200m indoor title for the third straight season. After finishing just shy of making the 2012 Olympic team in the 200m, Duncan went on to win the NACAC U23 Championships and set a meet record in her signature event (22.72). She finished her collegiate career as a 10-time All American and six-time NCAA champion.
The CWSA presents the Honda Sports Award annually to women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports. With this honor, Duncan, a sport administration major with an emphasis on sport commerce, becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the 2013 Honda Cup. She was chosen for the Honda Sports Award by a vote of coaches from 1,000 NCAA member schools as selected by a panel of track and field experts. Finalists included Arizona's Brigetta Barrett, Stanford's Kori Carter, and Kansas' Andrea Geubelle.
Duncan will be honored in Los Angeles alongside an impressive roster of 2013 Honda Cup finalists including Iowa State's Betsy Saina (cross country), Princeton's Katie Reinprecht (field hockey), North Carolina's Crystal Dunn (soccer), Oregon's Alaina Bergsma (volleyball), Georgia's Allison Schmitt (swimming & diving), Delaware's Elena Delle Donne (basketball), Florida's Bridget Sloan (gymnastics), USC's Annie Park (golf), North Carolina's Kara Cannizzaro (lacrosse), Stanford's Nicole Gibbs (tennis) and a softball winner yet to be named. The Honda Cup finalists will be joined by the 2013 Honda Inspiration Winner, Purdue's Andrea "Drey" Mingo, and the NCAA Div. II Athlete of the Year, Ashland University's Kari Daugherty, and the NCAA Div. III Athlete of the Year, Allyson Fournier of Tufts University.
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