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Holston Ranked No. 1 in Nation at 200 Meters
NORFOLK, Va. - He may not have known it at the time, but Sean Holston's record-setting 200-meter performance at the MEAC Indoor Track & Field Championship ended up being the fastest in the nation so far this season.
Holston shattered his own meet record in the 200 meters with a time of 21.08 seconds Saturday to claim a third straight conference title in that event. His previous meet record was 21.32 seconds. But since the surface at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex in Landover, Md., is a flat track, the times get converted to a banked track time by the NCAA and the United States Track & Cross Country Coaches Association's results reporting system. Holston's 21.08 was converted to a 20.68, the fastest 200 time in the nation this season.
Holston is also the only Division I men's track athlete to reach the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships automatic qualifying standard of 20.73 for the 200 meters so far this indoor season, meaning he has already punched his ticket to the national indoor meet in Boise, Idaho, next month.
Holston already stood a good chance to qualifying for nationals anyway. He clocked a 400-meter time of 46.54 seconds one week ago at the Tyson Invitational in Arkansas, the 10th-fastest time in the country. This will be Holston's third trip in his three seasons at NSU to a national NCAA championship meet. He qualified for the indoor nationals in the 200 meters in 2010, and advanced through the regionals to the national outdoor meet in the 400 last June, earning honorable mention All-America honors by the USTFCCCA.
Junior Keith Nkrumah also ranks highly in the latest national event rankings. He is tied for 12th nationally in the 60 meter hurdles with a top time of 7.77 seconds this season.
The Spartans, who won their seventh straight MEAC indoor title last weekend, also moved up to No. 5 in the latest Southeast Region team rankings released Monday by the USTFCCCA.