Last Updated on March 4, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

Zion Corrales-Nelson 2016-2019

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ZionCN 18th in NCAA Finals

Not to be outdone, Zion Corrales-Nelson #ZionCN. Finished 18th Overall at the NCAA Finals in Austin, Texas today (June 6) with a respectable time of 23.24 in the 200 meters. The third-ever fastest time by a Filipino athlete. And just behind her, 23.16 and 23.18 runs broke Lydia De Vega’s Records.

In contrast, it looks like Zion Corrales-Nelson and Kristina Knott have qualified for the 2 slots for the 100 and 200 at the 2019 SEA Games.

Zion Corrales Nelson

ZionCN does it again edges closer to world championships qualification in 200m

26 May 2019

Zion Corrales-Nelson further reduces her Filipino National Record to 23.16 (+1.6). She finished third in her final and 9th overall, progressing to the US NCAA Collegiate Finals.

However, does this mean pinoyathletics will have to do another write-up? The mind boggles. The other day she broke Lydia De Vega’s record. You can read about that here.

And can view the video here.

Zion Corrales Nelson

Zion Corrales-Nelson does it. Lydia’s 200m Record is gone

25th May 2019

First off, Pinoyathletics would like to thank Zion’s Family for sharing this information. And congratulate Zion Nelson and HER COACHES Mike Gipson and Tony Sandoval at the University of Berkeley for Zion’s rapid improvement.

20-year-old Zion Corrales-Nelson erased the long-standing Philippine National Record of Lydia De Vega. Zion clocked 23.18 secs (+1.5) at the West Preliminary NCAA Finals in Sacramento, California, on May 23.

The mark erased the 23.35 mark set by Lydia De Vega in Walnut USA in 1986. De Vega is one of only two women with Josephine Dela Vina to have achieved the prestigious feat of winning the Asian Athletic Championships and Asian Games.

Zion Corrales-Nelson’s time of 23.18 also erased the SEA Record of Suphavdee Khawpaeg of Thailand set at the 2001 SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur. The mark catapults Zion to the top of the SEA Rankings for 2019.

Nearly 6 months into the year, Zion now has the top 4 times for 2019 in South East Asia in the 200 23.18, 23.46, 23.56, 23.56. 


200M World Championships Qualification

Her time of 23.18 is within range of the world championship standard of 23.02. The end of the qualifying period is September 6, 2019. The World Championships are in Doha, Qatar Sept 27-Oct 6, 2019.

A time of 22.9 is the aim for the final tomorrow. Ernest Obiena already qualified for world champs with 5.71m at Asian Games for men’s pole vault equalling the required mark. Henceforth, under wishing to qualify for the Philippines, any other athlete needs also to pass the IAAF’s qualifying standards. There are absolutely no wild cards or shortcuts allowed.

In contrast, the Olympic Qualification is 22.85 for the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Besides, Zion finished 11th of 46 in the preliminaries, 24 athletes will run seeded finals, and the top 12 from that will progress to the NCAA Finals in Austin in a few weeks.

Anneleus and Thomas, both of USC, had the fastest 22.72 and 22.79 in the heats.

Zion was only 4th at the 2017 SEA Games, with a time of 24.26. 

She has now exceeded Le Tu Chinh of Vietnam’s winning time in the 2017 SEA Games of 23.32.

Zion Corrales-Nelson’s time was the #2 all-time for her school UC Berkeley

Zion Corrales-Nelson has improved her personal best 3 times this year 

  • 2017 – 23.74
  • 6 Apr 2019 Big Meet, Palo  Alto 23.56 +1.4
  • 27 Apr 2019 Brutus Hamilton Challenge, Berkeley +0.5
  • 24 May 2019 West Preliminary NCAA, Sacramento +1.5

Zion Corrales Nelson

Not to be outdone is Zion Corrales-Nelson Performance in the 100m. At the same West Prelim NCAA Finals.  Zion timed 11.41 (+1.0) after clocking 11.50 (+0.5) in the Heats.



The mark was the #2 all-time for the Philippines Women’s 100m. Only behind Lydia De Vega’s National Record of 11.28. The time is quicker than the lifetime best of Kristina Knott 11.44 (2016), who is #3 all-time for the Philippines with 11.55 when she registered after acquiring a Filipino Passport.

The World Qualification in the 100m is 11.24 (see above for the qualifying period and venue).

The Mark further improves Zion’s lead as the SEA Leader in the 100m Dash. She has run 11.41, 11.50, 11.51, and 11.55. So she has the four fastest time in South East Asia for 2019, followed by Kristina Knott (11.64)

Of further note, Knott beat Zion at the Phi Nationals 11.64 to 11.84 and 23.62 to 24.03 on 6th March 2019.

Zion made it to the quarterfinals but didn’t advance into the top 12, finishing 14th in a new PB of 11.41. 

Teahan Daniels of Texas, who won the Zion heat, had the fastest time of 10.99 (+1.4)

Zion has now exceeded the 11.56 winning time last SEA Games of Le Tu Chinh. 

Zion made the final in the 2017 SEA Games but finished 8th in 2018.

She has improved her 100m 3 Times this year

  • 2017 11.69 
  • 26 Apr 2019, Brutus Hamilton Challenge, Berkeley, 11.51 (+1.0)
  • 23 May 2019 NCAA West Preliminary Round, 11.50 (+0.5)
  • 24 May 2019 NCAA West Preliminary Round, 11.41 (+1.0)


Zion will still have the 4×100 tomorrow. Her team qualified 3rd with a time of 43.5, with the top 12 going through to finals.


Interestingly, Zion once held the Phi and Phi JR Record in the 400m at 54.18. But as of recently has worked more on her strength and power, increasing her vertical box jump to 5.5 feet. The gains in strength and power have geared her more towards the 100 and 200. It was a good build-up with Zion having specialized therapy to rebuild her after shin splints in 2018.

Canada did not allow Zion to run for them because she was too young.’ And consequently, Zion ran for the Philippines picking up medals at the Asian leg of the Olympic youth festival.

Right now, her times would rank her 1st= in Canada with Leya Buchanan at 11.41 and put her first in Canada in the 200 at 23.44. Canada’s women sprinters are not quite as strong as they were in the past.

Zion was taking Bio-Engineering at the University of Berkeley, but that was too difficult to fit in with her studies, so she shifted to law. She is in 3rd year and has one more year of college left. 

The NCAA Finals are coming up. Also for consideration is the World University Games on July 3-14 in Napoli, Italy.

Zion Corrales-Nelson Takes South East Asian Lead for 2019 in 100 and 200

Zion Corrales Nelson

Zion Corrales-Nelson, 21, representing the Philippines, took the Season Lead in the Women’s 100/200m. In the 100m, Zion Corrales-Nelson clocked the fastest time in South East Asia for 2019 for the 100m Dash. Representing UC Berkeley, she ran 11.51 to win the Women’s Open race at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational in Los Angeles. This mark puts her in front of Shanti Veronica Pereira (11.58), who set a National Record at the recently concluded Asian Championships. And Kristina Marie Knott of the Philippines, who ran (11.64).

Zion Corrales-Nelson, who took silver to Knott in the Philippines National Championships 100m in March, has come on stronger since improving her season-best from 11.84 (+0.4) to 11.51. In contrast, Knott clocked 11.70 at the Asian Champs. Zion also improved her PB of 11.69 at the Jesse Bent Invitational, Coquitlam set in 11-Jun-2017.

The Result also catapults Zion from #7 to #2 on the All-Time List. Only now behind National Record Holder Lydia De Vega, who holds the national record at 11.28. 

SEA Games Qualification is 11.85 set by PATAFA (5th Place last SEA Games. Zion’s time of 11.51 is faster than the Gold Medalist Le Tu Chinh of Vietnam’s winning time of 11.56. Only Zion and Knott have hit the qualifying marks for SEA Games to take the two slots. 11.24 is the qualifying mark for World Champs.


Women’s All-Time 100m

1 11.28 0.9 Lydia De Vega-Mercardo 26.12.64
2 11.51 1.0 Zion Corrales-Nelson 11-Oct-98
3 11.55 -0.5 Kristina Marie Knott 1995
4 11.58 1.4 Princess Joy Griffey 11.03.87
5 11.61 1.4 Lerma Buluitan-Gabito 17.10.74
6 11.65 1.0 Kayla Anise Richardson 17.04.98
7 11.67 1.3 Elma Muros-Posadas 14.01.67
8 11.73 1.5 Rhoda Sinoro-Capistrano 28.06.68
9 11.85 0.0 Kyla Richardson 17.04.98
10 11.88 1.3 Elena Ganosa 28.12.59


While in the 200m Zion clocked an equally impressive mark of 23.46 (0.5) at the same meet to win the Open Women’s event.  The mark further improves her southeast Asian lead and is a new PB after her 23.56 (1.4) run on 7th April 2019 at Stanford. The Philippines ranks 1-2 in this event in March, with Kristina Knott clocking 23.62 (-0.2) at the Philippine National Champs. Zion, who finished runner-up to Knott, has improved significantly after opening her season with 24.03 at Ilagan. 


The SEA Games qualifying mark is 24.29 (5th place last SEA Games); only Zion and Knott have made the standard. At the same time, the qualifying for the world champs in Doha is 23.02.

Zion’s mark puts her #3 on the Philippine all-time list, only behind De Vega (23.35) and Knott (23.45 at the 2018 Asian Games in August 2018, where she took 6th place).

Womens All Time 200m

1 23.35 -2.8 Lydia De Vega-Mercardo
2 23.45 -0.3 Kristina Marie Knott
3 23.46 0.5 Zion Corrales-Nelson
4 23.67 0.3 Kayla Anise Richardson
5 23.93 0.7 Princess Joy Griffey
6 24.00 -0.6 Elma Muros-Posadas
7 24.12 0.0 Kyla Richardson
8 24.47 -0.7 Jenny rose Rosales
9 24.49 Elena Ganosa
10 24.57 -0.4 Honey Joy Ortaliz


The women’s 400m Zion clocked a season’s best 54.41, the closest she has run to her PB of 54.18 set in 2015. Zion held the Philippine and Philippine Junior Record before in the 400 until Kayla Richardson broke it. The Performance puts Zion at number #2 in the 2019 SEA Rankings behind the 2015 SEA Games Bronze Medalist Shereen Vallabouy of Malaysia, studying at Winona State University in Minnesota. It also improves on her Season-best run of 54.76 sets on 7 April. 

Zion Corrales-Nelson has surpassed the bronze of the last SEA Games by 54.55. Kayla Richardson has also dipped under 56.72 (5th place qualifier) to secure the second spot for SEA Games.

Zion Corrales-Nelson opted to bypass the Asian Championships in Doha last week due to school scholarship commitments at UC Berkeley. Most noteworthy is Zion’s Maternal grandmother Editha, the cousin of Rogelio Onofre, who held the Philippine National Record in the 100m from 1962 to 2007.

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Zion Corrales-Nelson runs #3 Fastest Time ever for Filipino  Women’s 200m

Zion Corrales-Nelson clocked the 3rd Fastest time ever by a Filipino woman for 200m. Nelson timed 23.56 +1.4 at the Stanford vs. UC Berkeley Dual meet at Paolo Alto. The 20-year-old Fil-Canadian easily won the race and took the 6th fastest time in UC Berkeley’s history. Nelson’s time is only behind the National Record of Lydia De Vega-Mercado (23.37) and Fil-Heritage athlete and Asian Games Finalist Kristina Marie Knott (23.45).

In contrast, Zion’s previous best was 23.74 (-0.7) set in 2017 at Brutus Hamilton Open in Los Angeles. She now leapfrogs past 2015 SEA Games 100m Champion Kayla Richardson into the #3 spot.  For the record, the junior record of Lydia De Vega (23.54) has stood since 1981, and neither Richardson nor Zion was able to beat it as juniors.

Above all, The Performance also catapults Zion into the #1 rank in South East Asia. Overtaking teammate Kristina Marie Knott ran 23.62 at the Philippine Nationals in Ilagan; on that occasion, Zion was second with a time of 24.03.

Besides, Zion also won the 400m timing 54.76  at the Dual meet, which is the season lead for South East Asia in the 40. Zion’s best time of 54.18 was back in 2014; at that time, it was a Junior and National Record until it was broken by Kayla Richardson (53.81, 2017). So this is the first time Zion has run under 55 seconds since 2016.

However, hopefully, the 23.56 will be good enough to give Zion the nod for the 200m at Asian Champs in a few weeks. So far in 2019, only Dutee Chand of India (23.35 +1.2) on March 19 at Patiala has run faster in the event.

In contrast, Zion and Knott are the only Filipino athletes under the sea qualifying (5th place last SEA Games of 24.29). Zion is coached in Los Angeles by Mike Gipson, the Sprint Coach of the University of California Berkeley.


After a less than thrilling individual 2017 SEA Games with no medal in the 100 and 200, but bronze and a new national record in the 4×100.

Zion Corrales-Nelson opened 2019 with a time of 24.49 indoors at the University of Washington Invitational, just outside the 24.33 national indoor records of Princess Joy Griffey. Nelson is a student scholar at the University of Santa Barbara Berkley. 

Nelson wins 200m

June 26, 2017

In contrast, at the Famous Harry Jerome Invitational, Zion Corrales-Nelson, 19, took second in 11.76 (-0.9). While behind Jasmine Todd of the United States 11.52. Todd was a member of the USA Silver medal relay team at the 2015 World Champs. Likewise, Nelson had a few weeks ago set a new PB of 11.69.

Even more impressive was that Nelson won the 200m in 23.87 (-0.2). While narrowly from American Melanise Chapman (3rd in the 100 earlier) 23.88.  And Nelson had run 23.74 PB about a month back.

Also, Nelson is entered in the 100, 200, 400, and both relays in the SEA Games.

Most noteworthy was that World Silver Medalist Andre De Grasse won the 100 in 10.17 at the meet.

SEA Rankings 2017

San Mateo Results

Canada Results

Also, thanks to the relatives of the athletes for reporting these results.

Zion Rose Corrales Nelson makes Semis of World Junior 200

Jul 29, 2016


Philippine 400 Meter Record Holder Zion Rose Corrales Nelson, 17, made it to the Girl’s 200 Meter Semi-Finals at the prestigious World Junior (U20) Athletic Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Even though SEA Games 100 Meter Champion and 200 Meter silver medalist Kayla Anise Richardson failed to advance.

Nelson, who grew up in Canada with a Jamaican father and Filipino mother, is secured for California State University Berkeley this coming season. Zion got a bronze medal for the Philippines in the 200 and 400-meter Asian Olympic Youth qualifying meet and then represented the Philippines at World Youth Olympic Finals in China in 2014. She had participated in the 2014 World Juniors in the 200 and 400 failing to advance past the heats and opted out of the 2015 SEA Games to focus on Basketball, which she also excels at.

It was the track that returned its calling for Zion, she finished fourth in heat 2 with a new personal best of 24.00 (1.9) in the 200 meters. She safely qualified as the top 4 times in each of the 5 heats and automatically made it through. Meanwhile, Kayla Richardson did not have the best of days finishing fifth in heat 1 in 24.29, well below her 23.67 personal best.

Nelson clocked 24.05 (0.6) in the Semi-Finals finishing 19th of the 24th and clocking her second-best ever time.

Edidiong Ofonime ODIONG, interestingly from Bahrain (but born in Nigeria), it’s good to see lesser-known countries winning events traditionally dominated by the US, Jamaica, and Great Britain. Won the 200 Meter final in a new national junior record of 22.84. 

ZionCN Two Down Three to Go

June 4, 2016

Philippines National and Junior Record Holder in the quarter-mile Zion Corrales Nelson, 17. She showed a big return to form, scorching her way to a new personal best in the 100 Meters. And a sub-55-second clocking in the 400. The meet was the British Columbia High School Championships held at  Nanaimo.

The Jamaican-Filipino running for Thomas Moore HS. While in her senior year before she heads off to a Track Scholarship at CSU Berkeley in Los Angeles after graduation.


ZionCN 100m 11.79

Corrales Nelson took out the first heat in a new Personal best time of 11.79 +1.9. Hence beating her previous best from last year of 11.94 at Burnley. And her season’s best of 11.99 at Oregon Relays, Eugene, in April. Her time was well ahead of Katherine Lucas, who won the second heat in 12.03 +1.8. 11.79 broke the meet record. In the Finals, Zion dashed away to a win in 11.85 +0.0, her second-best time ever.

Nelson’s time of 11.79 is below the standard for the World Juniors in Poland. It also ties the season lead with Kayla Richardson, who clocked 11.79 at Norwalk last month. The time catapulted Nelson to 7th on the All-Time List for Women’s 100m Dash.

100 Heats Zion

Zion Corrales-Nelson 400m Meet Record

Zion Corrales-Nelsoncruised through the 400m heats in 59.76, jogging her way down the last 100m to win heat 2 and qualify comfortably in 4th position going into the final. Nelson clocked a sub-55 run of 54.90, which was below her meet record of 55.60.

She was outside her Philippine National and National Junior record set two years ago at Burnley at 54.18. Nelson had previously broken the National and National Junior Record of Jenny Rose Rosales (54.65) 2013 UAAP, taking Lydia De Vega Mercado (54.75) 1981.

The time of 54.90 is below the 55.25 required Qualification for World Juniors next month in Poland.

400 Heats ZionZion Corrales-Nelson Aiming for a 3 Peat

Again proud uncle as Zion Corrales-Nelson has now just won the BC high school girls 400m in 54.90. Zion is chasing that title of 3 peat first time in 50 years has a female in BC has tried and won all 3 100m, 200m, 400m With her time in the 100m 11.79 and 400m Zion has stamped her automatic ticket to the IAAF World Juniors in Poland

in July. And with just the 200m left which is her best race it is my contention not only will she win she will break the BC high school record. Very nice day for her very last time competing in highschool.

Zion is not aiming just for the 100,200,400 wins but also for 3 meet records. Her time of 11.79 and 11.85 indicates she is very capable of going under the 23.92 meet record. Zion needs to run below 24.20 to qualify for world juniors; this year, she has run 24.78, and 24.15 is her PB.

Official Results Here

Zion Corrales-Nelson



By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- Current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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