2014 marks the first year that Albuquerque has hosted the NCAA Indoor Championships. Hosted at the Albuquerque Convention Center, the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships will celebrate 50 years of men's championships and 33 years of women's championships
Diondre Batson Wins 100 Meters at SEC Championships
Accolades NCAA indoor champion and first team All-America, 200 meters (2014) First team All-America, indoor 60 meters (2014) First team All-America, outdoor 100 meters (2013) First team All-America, outdoor 4x100 relay (2013) First team All-America, indoor 200 meters (2013) SEC Indoor champion and first team All-SEC, 60 Meters (2014) SEC Outdoor champion and first team All-SEC, 100 Meters (2013) D1 National Athlete of the Week Honorable Mention for the week of April 16, 2013, for performance at the Georgia Spec Towns National Team Invitational SEC Men's Runner of the Week (April 16, 2013) following performance at the Spec Towns Invitational
Senior 2014 Indoor Season Won the 200 meter NCAA indoor national championship with a school record 20.32, the best collegiate time in 2014 ... finished third in the 60-meter dash at the NCAA indoor championships with a time of 6.58... won the 60-meter dash at the SEC Championships with a time of 6.66... clocked a time of 20.94 to win the 200-meter dash at the Tyson Invitational ... won the 60-meter dash at the Indiana Relays with a new personal record of 6.61.
Junior 2013 Outdoor Season Spent the summer running for the USA's 4x100-meter relay unit in a series of European events, as part of the IAAF's Diamond Series ... placed fourth in the 100-meter final at the NCAA Championships, with a personal-best time of 10.01, the second-fastest in Alabama history ... posted a 10.05 in the 100 semifinals at the NCAA meet, the fourth-fastest time in Tide history and fastest by a Tide runner in 30 years (until his 10.01 in the final) ... ran a personal best of 20.35 in the 200-meter semifinal at the NCAA Championships but did not advance to the final ... ran the second leg on the 4x100-meter relay at the NCAAs, as the quartet posted school-record times in both the semifinals (38.78) and in the finals (38.54) ... that 4x100 relay went on to place second in the NCAA finals ... qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay ... won NCAA East Regional title as part of the Tide's 4x100 relay that crossed the line in 39.09 ... posted a third-place 10.15 in the 100 meter at the NCAA East Regional ... posted a 20.57 in the 200 meters at the NCAA East Regional to take fifth place ... his outstanding performance at the 2013 SEC Outdoor Championships included winning the c 100 meters in 10.12 ... also competed in the SEC 200 meters and finished third with a time of 20.52 ... ran on the runner-up 4x100 meter relay team at the SEC Championships(39.08) ... played integral part in the 4x100 relay victory at the Drake Relays, as the quartet became the first at Alabama since 1983 to log a time under 39 seconds (38.97; third all-time in program history) ... also participated in the 4x200 at the Drake Relays ...member of the winning 100-meter relay at the LSU Alumni Gold, with a time of 10.26 ... ran the fastest collegiate 100 meter time in 2013, at the Spec Towns Invitational with a winning 10.06 ... won the 200 meters at the Crimson Tide Invitational (20.61) ... ran on the 4x100 team that won at the Crimson Tide Invitational (39.17) ... participated with the winning 4x100 (39.89) and the 4x400 (3:08.47) at the Yellow Jacket Invitational ... ran on the runner-up 4x100 (40.30) and the winning 4x200 (1:24.54) relay units at the John Mitchell Alabama Relays.
2013 Indoor Season Competed in the 200 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships, placing eighth after a prelim time of 20.81 and a finals time of 20.97, both ranking in the school's top-10 list ... ran in the 60 meters prelims at the SEC Championships and finished fourth in the 200 with a 20.81 ... took home two wins at the Mark Colligan, in the 60 meters with a time of 6.73 and in the 200 (21.31) ... participated on the 4x400-meter relay team that finished third at the Auburn Invitational ... ran a 21.69 in the 200 meters at the Indiana Relays, finishing fifth, while also qualifying for the 60 meters semi-final with a time of 6.79.
Prep and Personal First name is pronounced "DEE-on-DRAY" ... one of the nation's top sprinters during prep career, having qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in the 200 meters ... set personal-best performances of 10.10 in the 100 meters, 20.50 in the 200 while running a top relay split of 46.2 in the 400 ... starred at wide receiver on the football team at American River College ... was a football/track two-sport star at Laguna Creek High School ... named 2009 district most valuable player in football while earning all-district honors on both offense and special teams ... came to ARC to play football, but in an agreement with his mother (a former track athlete at Oklahoma) he joined the track team in 2010 ... his breakout 2012 season included winning the state junior college title in both the 100 and the 200, while also participating in the Olympic Trials ... coached at American River by Rick Anderson and Mike Reid ... son of Sonja Batson ... born July 13, 1992.