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Diamond Dixon
University of Kansas

Diamond Dixon, a member of the women's track team at KU, won the 400-meter dash at the Big 12 outdoor championship. The feat was significant for a couple of reasons. First, Dixon was only a freshman. Second, she finished the race ahead of Texas A&M senior Jessica Beard, who had won the 400 at every previous Big 12 championship, indoor and out, since she was a freshman. (Beard, in fact, would later be named the Big 12 female Athlete of the Year.) Dixon, who grew up in El Paso, Texas, built on her success at the Summer Universiade — sort of an Olympics for college students — that was held in China in August. The only American and the youngest entrant in the 400-meter dash final, she finished fourth, putting the Olgas of the sport on notice.

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