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Za'von Watkins
Za'von Watkins


Liverpool, N.Y.

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Women's Squad Places Fourth at PSU National

Freshman Julie Kocjancic paces team with 18th-place finish


Gondak Promoted to Associate Head Coach

Nittany Lion middle distance coach in seventh year at Penn State


On the National Stage ... || 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 ... || 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 ... || 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... || 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

|| 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 *** 3:50.05
4x800m 7:21.37 7:14.14
DMR 9:26.60 ***
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