Speed Drives Cocoa’s Feagin To National Contention
By Jeff Navin // December 6, 2012
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Zundra Feagin has been a leader on both the track and in the classroom.
Now, she’s a leader as the principal at Westside K-8 in Kissimmee and was a 2012 inductee in the Space Coast Sports Hall of Fame.
Feagin, who now is Dr. Zundra Aubrey, won seven individual state track titles as a sprinter at Cocoa High before going on to star at Louisiana State University, where she won the 200 meters in the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 1996.
In that same meet, she placed second in the 100 meters with a time of 11.20 seconds and she ran the third leg as LSU won the 400-meter relay in 43.03 seconds.
As a freshman at Cocoa High in 1988, Feagin won her first state title with a time of 24.7 seconds in what was then the 220-yard dash. All of her state titles were won in Class 3A.
In her sophomore year in 1989, Feagin set a state record in the 100 meters with a time of 11.40 seconds. That mark stood until 2010 when Octavious Freeman of Lake Wales broke her long-standing record with a time of 11.39.
Feagin was at Showalter Field in Winter Park for the occasion and she gave Freeman her medal from the 1989 championship during the awards ceremony.
During her junior year with the Tigers, Feagin won the 100 in 11.62 seconds and the 200 in 23.92 seconds. She also was a member of Cocoa’s state title team in the 400-meter relay.
In her senior year, Feagin was even better with a sweep in three events. She won the 100 in 11.79 seconds, the 200 in 23.47 seconds and the 400 in 54.76 seconds. The 400 time set a state record.
For four consecutive years, Feagin was the All-Space Coast Runner of the Year.
After graduating from Cocoa High in 1991, Feagin attended UNLV for one year before transferring to LSU.
During her lone season with the Runnin’ Rebels, Feagin was an All-America in both the 200 as an individual and the 400 relay.
The 5-foot-4, 125-pound Feagin was born in Jacksonville. She later moved to Cocoa with her family.
Feagin’s personal best times are 11.18 seconds in the 100 and 22.30 seconds in the 200 meters. She ran both of those times in 1996.
After graduating from LSU in 1996 with a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications, Feagin taught English in Jacksonville for the Duval County School District before becoming an assistant principal.
She later received a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern and a doctorate from Nova Southeastern in Organizational Leadership with a specialization in Conflict Resolution Mediation and Negotiation.
Prior to becoming the principal at Westside K-8 School, Feagin was an assistant principal at Celebration K-8 and an assistant principal at Rock Lake Middle School in Seminole County.
During her standout season in 1996 at LSU, Feagin helped the Tigers win their 10th consecutive NCAA title in Women’s Outdoor Track and Field. LSU added one more title in 1997 before the streak ended.
Besides the 200 title in the 1996 NCAA Outoors, Feagin placed second in the 100 with a time of 11.20 seconds and was a member of the championship 400 relay team, which won convincingly in 43.03 seconds despite problems with a handoff. In the Southeastern Conference Championships, she won the 200 in 22.71 and was second n the 100 at 11.23 seconds.
Later that summer, Feagin fell short in a bid to make the United States Olympic team for the Summer Games in Atlanta. She finished fifth in the 200 meters in 22.33 seconds after running 22.30 in the preliminaries. She was eliminated in the 100 semifinals after placing fifth in 11.26 seconds.
In 1997, Feagin was fifth in the 200 meters in the U.S. Indoor Championships with a time of 23.59 seconds and third in the U.S. Outdoors in the 200 at 23.06. Feagin posted a time of 22.92 seconds in the semifinals of the World Championships. She was ranked No. 4 in the U.S. with a time of 22.81 in the 200.
In 1998, Feagin was sixth in the 200 meters at the Goodwill Games with a time of 23.30 seconds. She was ranked No. 3 in the U.S. in the 200 with a time of 22.77 seconds. She also recorded a time of 11.30 seconds in the 100.
At the U.S. Outdoors in 1999, Feagin was sixth in the 200 with a time of 23.08 seconds. She was eliminated in the semifinals of the 100 with a time of 11.45 seconds.
While a student at Cocoa High in 1990, Feagin won the 100 and 200 in the USA Juniors. She earned a silver medal in he 200 at the World Juniors and placed fourth in the 100. She also anchored a third-place USA team in the 400 relay.
In 1991, Feagin won the 55 meters in 6.85 seconds in the National Scholastic Indoors. She was second in the 200 in 24.03 seconds. Feagin won the 100 (11.50) and 200 (23.39) in the International Prep.
During her freshman year at UNLV, Feagin placed fourth in the 200 with a time of 23.49 seconds in the NCAA Indoor Championships. She won the Big West 100 title outdoors with a time of 11.61 seconds. In the NCAA Outdoors, Feagin was seventh in her 100 heat (11.69) and eighth in the 200 semifinals (24.16).
Feagin competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 1992 for the Summer Games in Barcelona. She was seventh in the 100 quarterfinals in 11.60 seconds and eighth in the 200 semifinals in 23.51 seconds.
In he USA Juniors, Feagin was second in the 200 meters in 23.42 and third in the 100 in 11.61. She placed fourth in the 200 semifinals in the World Juniors in 23.88 seconds. She ran the second leg of the second-place 400 relay team, which posted a time of 44.51 seconds.
In 1993, Feagin took most of the season off as she gave birth to her first child.
In 1994, Feagin was eighth in the 55 meters (7.02) at the NCAA Indoors. She ran the second leg of a second-place 1,600-meter relay team with a split of 55.0 seconds as the team finished with a time of 3 minutes, 39.67 seconds.
During the NCAA Outdoors, she ran the third leg for the winning 1,600 relay team (3:34.72) and the third leg for the winning 400 relay team (43.26 seconds).
In 1995, Feagin was fourth in the 200 (23.62) and sixth in the 55 meters (6.85 seconds) in the NCAA Indoors. She was fourth in both the 100 (11.30) and 200 (22.97) in the NCAA Outdoors. She had best times of 11.20 seconds in the 100 and 22.84 seconds for the 200 that season.