It was one of the races to remember, as Oregon’s and Jamaica’s Kemba Nelson places second in the exciting NCAA Championships. Nelson and Texas’s Julian Alfred were in side-by-side lanes and that’s how they ran for nearly the entire race, stretching across the finish line with nearly identical times as both immediately set their sights on the nearest scoreboard to see who won. They embraced when Alfred’s name was the first to pop up. Alfred won in a time of 11.014 followed by Nelson at 11.020 and Abby Steiner at 11.071
I felt like I reached for the line a little bit, maybe that’s why I lost on the lean,” said Nelson, who was ranked ninth in the NCAA this season. “Just the fight going.
Nelson and her 4×100-relay teammates started the day on the track with a third-place finish in a season-best 42.62, as the team of Jadyn Mays, Nelson, Jasmin Reed, and Jasmine Montgomery scored six points and did something to last season’s team couldn’t — get the baton to the finish line. They were beaten by Texas Longhorne and Kentucky.
Kemba Nelson said, “she will start preparing for the Jamaican National trials starting June 23rd.