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Za'Von Watkins
Za'Von  Watkins


Liverpool, N.Y.

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Nittany Lions Travel to Two-Day Meet at Bucknell

Track & field set to compete at the Bucknell Classic Saturday & Sunday


Nine Nittany Lions Garner First Team All-America Honors

Five men, four women named first team All-Americans


Men's Distance Medley Relay Highlights Day One of NCAAs

Penn State men finish second in the DMR; Fatherly, Seymour tally second team All-America finishes Friday


Track & Field Qualifies Eleven for NCAAs

Nittany Lions represented in seven individual events, two relays


Nittany Lion Men Finish Fourth at Big Tens

Penn State tallied four podium finishes Saturday


On the National Stage... || 2015 Indoor || A member of the runner-up distance medley relay (9:32.21) ... All-American || 2014 Outdoor || Qualified for the NCAA East Prelims in the 800-meter run and the 4x400-meter relay ... A member of the 4x400-meter relay squad that finished 15th with its time of 3:07.95 ... Placed 13th in the prelims of the 800-meter run with his season-best time of 1:48.33, missing out on qualifying for nationals by a half of a second || 2014 Indoor || Qualified for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 800-meter run and the distance medley relay ... Claimed seventh-place (1:50.25) in the 800-meter run ... Ran the 400-meter leg of the distance medley relay that placed 11th (9:57.88) ... First team All-American || 2013 Outdoor || Was a member of the Nittany Lions' "Championship of America" winning 4x800 at Penn Relays ... Split 1:48.22 on the second leg to help the Nittany Lions to a finishing time of 7:14.14 ... Advanced to the NCAA Eastern Preliminary Round in the 800, qualifying through the first round and finishing 23rd in the quarterfinals || 2013 Indoor || Ran the 800-meter leg on the Nittany Lions' NCAA runner-up DMR, earning All-America honors ... Also ran the 800 on Penn State's school-record 9:26.60 DMR at the Alex Wilson Invitational ... The performance was the second-fastest ever run by a collegiate team indoors ... Was also a member of the winning 4x800 at the Millrose Games, where the team set school, facility, and meet records in the event at 7:21.37

At the Big Ten Championships... || 2015 Indoor || Placed 10th in the 800-meter run with his time of 1:51.46 ... A member of the first place distance medley relay (9:40.62) ... First team All-Big Ten || 2014 Outdoor || A member of the 4x400-meter relay team that placed seventh its time of 3:10.30 ... Ran the fastest time (1:49.65) in the prelims of the 800-meter run ... Finished fourth in the 800-meter run (1:49.80) || 2014 Indoor || A member of the distance medley relay team (9:45.48) that defended its 2013 Big Ten title ... Finished fifth in the 800-meter run (1:50.52) ... First team All-Big Ten || 2013 Outdoor || Finished 13th overall in the 800 in 1:51.09 || 2013 Indoor || Posted a scoring finish in the 800, taking third-place overall in 1:50.32 to join teammate and event champion Brannon Kidder on the medal stand

Around the Track... || 2015 Outdoor || Did not compete || 2015 Indoor || Finished third in the 600-meter run at the Penn State Tune-Up with his personal-best time of 1:18.45 ... Tallied a second-place finish in the 800-meter run at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup with his season-best time of 1:49.68 ... A member of the distance medley relay that finished second at the Penn State National Invite with its time of 9:28.36 - No. 7 all-time performance in collegiate history || 2014 Outdoor || Opened the 2014 outdoor season with a second-place finish in the 800-meter run (1:48.94) and was on the third-place 4x400-meter relay team (3:11.48) at the Crimson Tide Invitational ... Ran a lifetime-best time of 3:45.79 in the 1,500-meter run to finish sixth at the Bison Outdoor Classic ... A member of the 4x800-meter relay team that placed second at the Penn Relays with its time of 7:18.99 || 2014 Indoor || Won five events during the indoor season ... At the season-opening Penn State Relays, Watkins was on two relay winning teams (distance medley relay - 9:59.94, 4x400-meter relay - 3:11.58) ... Ran the 800-meter leg of the distance medley relay that posted the second-fastest time in collegiate history (9:26.59) at the Penn State National Invitational, which is a school, facility, and meet record ... Ran a lifetime-best time of 1:48.11 in the 800-meter run to finish third at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup (his time ranks fifth all-time at Penn State) ... Posted season-best times in the 600-meter run (1:19.41) and the mile run (4:23.06) at the SPIRE NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Invitational || 2013 Outdoor || Finished second in his section of the 800 at the Mt. SAC Relays (1:50.18) ... Placed sixth in the 800 at the Crimson Tide Invitational, thanks to a season-best 1:49.50 || 2013 Indoor || Opened up the season in impressive fashion, running 2:22.02 to finish second in the 1000 at the Nittany Lion Challenge ... Placed third in the 800 at the PSU National in 1:49.03 ... Finished second in the 800 at the Sykes & Sabock Challenge Cup, going 1:49.41 ... Ran an indoor PR 1:48.92 at the Alex Wilson Last Chance

On the Course... || 2014 Cross Country || Competed in two meets unattached (Dolan Duals and the Penn State National) || 2013 Cross Country || Opened the 2013 season with a 14th-place finish at the Dolan Duals ... Claimed 24th-place at the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational ... Tallied a 366th-place finish at Lehigh's Paul Short Run ... Took 30th at the Penn State National

Before Penn State... || High School || Only of the most highly-touted middle distance athletes in the high school ranks ... Was the number-one ranked high schooler in the 1000 meters as a junior (2:26.13) ... Ran 1:19.20 for 600 in 2012 - the second-fastest effort nationally, and 10th-best performance in the all-time high school record book ... Finished second at New Balance Indoor Nationals with a sizzling 1:50.11 - the third-fastest time ever run by a prep indoors ... Placed second at New Balance Outdoor Nationals two years in-a-row, running a PR 1:49.70 in 2011 ... Turned heads at New Balance Nationals in 2010, splitting 1:47.99 on Liverpool's 4x800 ... Was continually impressive at the New Balance National meet, splitting 1:48.85 as a junior on the anchor of the sprint medley and clocking 1:48.05 on the SMR ... Won the 1500 at the prestigious Millrose Games as a senior ... Won the 1000 at the NYSPHSAA Indoor State Championships as a sophomore and again as a senior ... Won the 800 at the NY Outdoor State Meet senior year, also finished second in the 1600 in 4:07.24 - the sixth ranked time in the country in 2012 ... Also won the 800 and placed second in the 1600 at NY States as a junior ... Placed third in the 800 at the Brooks PR Meet in 2012 ... Also played quarterback at Liverpool || Personal || Son of Edward Watkins ... Born October 24, 1993

Collegiate Personal Bests || Track and Field

Event Indoor Outdoor




1000m 2:22.02 ***
1500m *** 3:45.79
Mile 4:23.06 ***
4x800m 7:21.37 7:14.14
DMR 9:26.60 ***


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