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Odean Skeen becomes the latest Jamaican male sprinter to break the coveted 10 seconds-barrier.
The University of Auburn junior clocked 9.98 seconds (+2.0m/s) to win heat 4 of the men 100 metres at the Auburn War Eagle Invite meet a short while ago.
The time eclipses the previous NCAA lead of 9.99 by Kendal Williams and Christopher Belcher and is faster than the NCAA National Indoor 60m champion and University of Tennessee’s star sprinter Christian Coleman’s season’s best (10.03) .
The 2010 Youth Olympics 100m champion and 2012 IAAF World Junior bronze medalis, finished well ahead of teammate Kahlil Henderson (10.30) to qualify for the final later today.
The 23 year old’s previous best was 10.14 recorded in 2014 at the UTEP Springtime Invitational when he was at South Plains Junior College.
The former Wolmers Boys standout made the switch to Auburn last year and had to sit out the season due to the NCAA transfer rule.
In his first season representing the Tigers, Skeen has been impressive, clocking a personal best 6.60 seconds to win silver in the 60m final at the SEC Indoor Track & Field Championships . He was consistent indoors, also clocking 6.61, 6.63, 6.66, 6.70 and 6.73 this season.
Skeen is the 17th Jamaican man and just the third Auburn Tiger to break the 10-seconds barrier. He now ranks sixth in school history.