Former Cerritos College sprinter Ameer Webb defended his NCAA Indoor championship in the 200 meters with a 2013 world-leading time for Texas A&M University. He defended his NCAA Indoor Championship on March 9 with a winning time of 20.42 seconds. In the prelims, held an hour earlier, Webb set the world-leading time for 2013 with a 20.37 clocking that broke the Aggie school record.
"It was a goal to defend my title," stated Webb on the Texas
A&M website. "I wasn't going to lay down and play dead. I had
to defend my title and not let it go. Getting that record was a
plus. The time I ran I ran in the prelims gave me the
confidence I needed going into the final. The first section of the
final put up a tough time to beat. So I knew what I had to do. They
didn't make it easy for me. I ran as hard as I could in the final
to defend my title."
Said Texas A&M head coach Pat Henry, "Webb set a school record in the qualifying round and then won the final to defend his title. That's a huge accomplishment and he looked good doing it tonight."
Webb led the qualifiers into the 200 final with his world-leading and school record time 20.37, breaking an Aggie record of 20.38 set by Curtis Mitchell in winning the 2010 NCAA Indoor title. Webb cruised to a world-leading time of 20.39 in the NCAA prelims a year ago in Boise, Idaho, and went on to claim the final in 20.57. In addition to taking down the A&M school record, Webb moved to No. 8 on the all-time collegiate list with his prelim time and No. 10 on the all-time U.S. list. He also dealt LSU's Aaron Ernest, the SEC champion, his first loss of the season. Ernest held the previous world-leading time of 20.53 that won the SEC final a couple of weeks ago. Ernest ran in the same heat as Webb, placing third in 20.84.
"Running in lane six at the SEC meet and then again here in the
prelims gave me all the practice I needed to handle that huge dip
coming off the last curve," Webb said. "That helped me a tremendous
amount. The school record is awesome, because I just missed it by
0.01 last year when I ran 20.39. Now I broke it by a 0.01 margin
with a 20.37. It's a blessing to win a second national title,
that's just a dream. I'm proud of what I accomplished."
While with the Falcons, Webb won the 100-meter and 200-meter state championship in 2011 after capturing the 200-meter title his freshman season. He still holds the school record in both the 100 meters (10.16) and 200 meters (20.33).