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Zion Corrales Nelson

UPDATED 27 MAY, 2019

  • Born: 11 October 1998
  • Coach: Mike Gipson
  • School: UC Berkeley (NCAA Div 1)
  • Member of National Team Since 2015
  • Based in Los Angeles, USA
  • Home Town: Burnaby, Canada

Zion Corrales Nelson Performances

  • 100m: 11.41 (+1.0) Sacramento, 23-May-19
  • 200m 23.16 (+1.0) Sacramento, 24-May-19
  • 400m: 54.18 Langley 29-May-2015

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Burnaby’s Zion Corrales Nelson puts Olympic dream on pause

Zion Corrales Nelson is longing to be back on the track, but the legal studies student-athlete at the University of California-Berkeley empathizes with the bigger picture.

Like so many others, the Burnaby woman has witnessed the impact of COVID-19 and seen her own Olympic dream derailed – temporarily – as the sports world has been frozen by the worldwide pandemic.

he goal of representing her mom’s homeland the Philippines at the Tokyo Olympics is still motivating the track sprinter.

“Honestly, after the NCAA season got canceled, it was probably in my best interest to have (the Olympics) postponed. I was going to be missing crucial races, hitting the standard time. I had big goals for this season, so once it got cancelled it was like the motivation went down a little bit,” Corrales Nelson said.


Her disappointment was put in perspective with the sight of how everyone took a hit at her San Francisco Bay area campus, located north of Oakland, where sports and academic hopes were piled under the reality of a deadly pandemic, which has spared no one.

“There was panic when (California) went on lockdown; people in the grocery stores mass-buying things,” the Burnaby native said. “It’s cooled down quite a bit but there was the initial hit when the news came out of impending lockdown (on March 13 that) made people get pretty nervous. … I know there’s panic amongst restaurant owners, local business owners trying to keep afloat.”


A year ago, the St. Thomas More Collegiate alum (British Columbia, Canada) had turned around an average outdoor season with a really strong finish. Twice carving out new personal best times in her 100- and 200-meter events en route to the NCAA national track and field championships.

Her times at last May’s West Regionals – 11.41 seconds in the 100m, and 23.18 in the 200m – continued a run that saw her slice seconds off her previous best, set a month earlier. It also catapulted her to the NCAA championships in Texas, where she placed 18th in the 200m with a finish time of 23.24.

“I think the beginning of my outdoor season was going pretty well. But I wasn’t hitting the regional standard. I was getting pretty nervous. But towards early April I started to buckle down in training and started to PR (personal record) in a couple of meets. …  So making nationals was a huge, huge accomplishment for me and it was super surprising. I didn’t think I’d run that fast but it all worked out. I made nationals and it kind of opened my eyes to the potential I had to running consistent 22s in the next year and making the dream come true.”

Her 200m time also shattered a 33-year-old Philippine record and fanned the flame to continue pursuing that Olympic path.

The third-year student-athlete was also named to the honorable All-American list.

What was a chance to cement that momentum has now been put in isolation but didn’t dampen the desire for the studious sprinter.

“We were all pretty excited (about the 2020 season). The nationals were in all our minds, a top-eight and getting an Olympic standard was definitely going to happen for sure. … Definitely just from last season I had in my mind that I could compete with the best of the best, (and) that helped me throughout the season. There’s always next year to get it going again.”


Just 21, Corrales Nelson feels getting to the 22.80-seconds Olympic standard is within her stride – once athletics, and the world, is allowed to resume something normal. When that remains up in the air, with the U.S. now feeling the brunt of the pandemic.

In the meantime, Corrales Nelson keeps connected to her family and younger sister, Shiloh, who is in her first year as a student-athlete at the University of California-Riverside.

“It sucks but it helps to have school still going, doing homework,” she said. “I try to go on a run, go on a trail run and keep a routine. I want to be busy so that my mind doesn’t go super crazy being alone here. I have a lot of school work so there’s a lot to do.”


Putting her running skills to the test will have to wait. But the Olympic dream of representing the Philippines continues to be a powerful inspiration.


7 Mar 2020Burnaby’s Corrales Nelson puts Olympic dream on pause

At the opening outdoor meet of the California season. Zion Corrales-Nelson took a win in the 400m in 55.85. Much better than the 58.81 times she had registered indoors in February. It was still a way off Zion best time of 54.18 which used to be a Philippine and Philippine Junior Record set way back 5 years ago. #ZionCN has been running the 200m Indoors and needs a time of 22.80 by June 29 to qualify for the Olympics she is yet to run a 200m Outdoors.


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28 February 2020

Nelson placed 3rd overall in the 200m in 23.90 again erasing the 200m Indoor Record.

Zion Corrales-Nelson was not able to advance to the women’s 60m finals of the MPSF Championships in Seattle Washington. She placed 9th overall missing out by one spot. Her time of 7.48, however, was a PB. And.11 seconds away from the National 60m Record of Lydia De Vega. It improved on her 7.50 clocking two weeks ago. Nelson finished 2nd in heat 6 behind Brianna Duncan of Oregon who clocked 7.32. 


23 February 2020

Zion Corrales-Nelson followed up her Philippine Indoor Record with another sub 24 indoor 200 clockings. 23.99 at the Arkansas Qualifying at Fayetville Nelson placed 4th in her race.


ZionCN sets new national Indoor Record in 200m

Zion Corrales-Nelson clocked 23.97, at the Don Kirby Elite on February 13. To erase the National Indoor record of another Fil-Heritage athlete Princess Joy Griffey. Griffey who previously held the National Junior 100m record now no longer has any standing records. Griffey’s previous record in the 200m indoors was 24.33 set in 2009.

In addition, Zion has previously held national records in the 200 and 400 in both the senior and junior categories. Before they were broken by Kristina Knott and Kayla Richardson respectively.

However, Zion representing UC Berkeley finished 8th overall. In Heat 5 she was 2nd behind Hannah Waller of Oregon (23.83). Josephine Anoyke who represents Ghana has the fastest time of 23.57.  Canadian Ashlan Best clocked 23.62 representing Stanford.

Above all Zion now heads the SEA Ranking list for 2020 so far. Although Kristina Knott had erased her 200m record at the SEA Games she is yet to compete for 2020. Zion time outdoors converts to about 23.5. She needs to clock 22.80 for 200m by June 26 to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Zion Corrales-Nelson closes in on Griffey’s Indoor 200m Record

Zion Corrales-Nelson opened her season in the hunt for National Records. Representing University California Berkeley. Zion ran the 60m, 200m, and 400m Indoors on February 1 at the New Mexico Team event in Albuquerque.

Nelson’s best performance was an indoor 24.34, which took the early season lead for South East Asia in the 200m but more notably was just .01 seconds away from the Philippine Indoor Record. The national mark was set by Fil-Heritage athlete Princess Joy Griffey 11 years ago with a time of 24.33. The 200m Indoor is the last remaining record of Griffey.

However, Zion has previously held the Junior and National 400m Records and more recently had broken the Filipino 200m Record of Lydia De Vega last year until that mark was broken later in the year by Kristina Knott.

In addition, Zion timed 7.54 in the 60m but tired in the heat to 7th place with only 7.73. Quite far from the 7.37 National Record of De Vega. She also timed 58.45 for the 400m, with the Indoor record of 54.94 belonging to Kayla Richardson.

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 that broke Lydia De Vega 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.

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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 record. you can read about that here.

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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 at both the Asian Athletic Championships and Asian Games.

Zion Corrales-Nelson 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. As Ernest Obiena already made the qualifier for world champs with 5.71m at Asian Games for men’s pole vault equalling the required mark. Henceforth any other athlete by virtue wishing to qualify for the Philippines needs to also pass the qualifying standards set by the IAAF. There are absolutely no wild cards or shortcuts allowed.

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

In addition, 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 times of 22.72 and 22.79 in the heats.

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

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

Her time was the #2 all-time for her school UC Berkeley

She 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

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Not be outdone is Zion 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 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 which is the time she registered after acquiring a Filipino Passport.

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

The Mark further improves Zion lead as the SEA Leader in the 100m Dash. She has run 11.41, 11.50, 11.51, 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. 

Teahna Daniels of Texas who won 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 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)

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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.


It’s interesting to note that 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.

Her times right now would rank her 1st= in Canada with Leya Buchanan 11.41 and put her first in Canada in the 200 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 has shifted to law. She is in 3rd year and has one more year of college left. 

The NCAA Finals is 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

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Zion Corrales-Nelson, 21 who represents the Philippines took the Season Lead in the Women’s 100/200m. In the 100m Zion 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).

In fact, Zion who took silver to Knott in the Philippines National Championships 100m in March has come on stronger since improving her seasons 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 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 time of 11.51 is faster than the Gold Medalist Le Tu Chinh of Vietnam winning time of 11.56. Only Zion and Knott have hit the qualifying marks for SEA Games so will take the two slots. 11.24 is the qualifying mark for World Champs.


Women’s All-Time 100m

111.280.9Lydia De Vega-Mercardo26.12.64
211.511.0Zion Corrales-Nelson11-Oct-98
311.55-0.5Kristina Marie Knott1995
411.581.4Princess Joy Griffey11.03.87
511.611.4Lerma Buluitan-Gabito17.10.74
611.651.0Kayla Anise Richardson17.04.98
711.671.3Elma Muros-Posadas14.01.67
811.731.5Rhoda Sinoro-Capistrano28.06.68
911.850.0Kyla Richardson17.04.98
1011.881.3Elena Ganosa28.12.59


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 now ranks 1-2 in this event with Kristina Knott clocking 23.62 (-0.2) at the Philippine National Champs in March. 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. While the qualifying for 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

123.35-2.8Lydia De Vega-Mercardo
223.45-0.3Kristina Marie Knott
323.460.5Zion Corrales-Nelson
423.670.3Kayla Anise Richardson
523.930.7Princess Joy Griffey
624.00-0.6Elma Muros-Posadas
724.120.0Kyla Richardson
824.47-0.7Jennyrose Rosales
924.49Elena Ganosa
1024.57-0.4Honey Joy Ortaliz


In the women’s 400m Zion clocked a seasons 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 it was broken by Kayla Richardson. The Performance puts Zion at number #2 in the 2019 SEA Rankings behind 2015 SEA Games Bronze Medalist Shereen Vallabouy of Malaysia who is studying at Winona State University in Minnesota. It also improves on her Seasons best run of 54.76 sets on 7 April. 

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

Zion opted to bypass Asian Championships in Doha last week due to school scholarship commitments at UC Berkeley. Also most noteworthy is Zion Maternal grandmother Editha is 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 Women 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 her school UC Berkeley’s history. The time of Nelson 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 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 #3 spot.  For the record, the junior record of Lydia De Vega (23.54) has stood since 1981 and neither Richardson or 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 who ran 23.62 at the Philippine Nationals in Ilagan, on that occasion Zion was second with a time of 24.03.

In addition, Zion also won the 400m timing 54.76  at the Dual meet as well which is the season lead for South East Asia in the 40 as well. Zion 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). This is the first time Zion has ran 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 ran faster in the event.

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


Zion Corrales-Nelson is the granddaughter of Edna Corrales, who is a former school mate and longtime friend of PATAFA President Philip Juico. Corrales is a relative of former National Record  Holder in the 100m Rogelio Onofre, an Asian Games silver medalist, and Olympian. Nelson joined the Philippine Team after obtaining her Philippine Passport at the end of 2013.

Corrales-Nelson’s Father is Jamaican and her mother is Filipino. She burst onto the Philippines Track and Field scene back in 2014 as a 15-year-old. Getting Bronze in the 200 and 400 in her first international meet the Asian Leg of the Olympic Youth Festival. This progressed her to the Final event in Nanjing, China. She finished 12/21 competitors in the 400 and did not join the 200.

She lowered the Philippine National and National Junior Record to 54.64 in the heats of the British Columbia School Champs, and then again in the Finals to 54.18. Breaking the 2 records of Jenny Rose Rosales set the previous December. Her 2 records stood until 2017 when they were bettered by Kayla Richardson with 54.06 and 53.81.

She joined the 2014 World Juniors in Eugene, Oregon finishing 5th in her heat. After spending some time off playing Basketball and missing the 2015 SEA Games. Nelson accepted a track scholarship at the University of Berkley in Los Angeles. She joined the 2016 World Juniors in Bydgoszcz, Poland 3rd in her 100 heat but she was able to advance to the Semis in the 200 finishing 5th.

2017 was more of a breakthrough year for Nelson improving both her 100 and 200 Best times. She placed second behind a Hong Kong runner in the Women’s 100 at the National Champs.


After a less than thrilling individual 2017 SEA Games with no medal in the 100 and 200. But a bronze and 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. Even more, 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 Girls 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 now 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 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 sometimes 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

Zion Nelson

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 seasons 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 Lists for Women’s 100m Dash.

100 Heats Zion

ZionCN 400m Meet Record

Nelson cruised 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. In 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, who had taken both of the longtime records from Lydia De Vega Mercado (54.75) 1981.

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

400 Heats ZionZionCN Aiming for a 3 Peat

Again proud uncle as Zion 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 so far this year she has run 24.78 and 24.15 is her PB.

Official Results Here

Former 400m Record Holder ZionCN hits SEA Standards in 100 and 200

RICHMOND May 13, 2016. Sprinter Zion Corrales-Nelson on top of the world at the YVR Larry Berg Flight Path Park, Richmond May 13, 2016. ( Ric Ernst / Gerry Kahrmann / PNG staff photo) ( For Prov Sports ) 00043134A For Howard Tsumura Head of the Class project [PNG Merlin Archive]

Former Philippine 400 meter National Record Holder Zion Corrales-Nelson completed a treble of runs on April 28 at Brutus Hamilton Open, Berkeley in California.

Representing the CSU Berkeley Bears, the 5’8 Nelson sped to a new PB of 11.77 (0.5), improving on her 11.79 from last year retaining #7 in the all-time lists for the Philippines.  Nelson who is in last year as a junior is #4 all-time lists for Junior Philippines.

The mark also put her #2 in the SEA Rankings behind Le Tu Chinh of Vietnam whose mark was 11.67 during the Asian Grand Prix. The performances of 11.36 and 11.54 by Zulkifli of Malaysia are highly doubtful due to some rather doubtful timing in South Africa and performances afterward in Singapore being way off.  SEA Games 100m Champion Kayla Richardson of Philippines is still yet to register a run in 2017 in the 100m as is her twin sister Kyla.

Nelson then timed another PB at the same event in the 200 in 23.74.

Hence leading the South East Asian Rankings. Ahead of SEA Silver medallist Kayla Richardson 23.76. Zulkifli 23.80.

And SEA Games Champion Shanti Veronica Pereira  (Singapore) 23.87. This was a significant improvement on her 24.15 times set 3 years ago. Making her #3 on the Philippine Junior and Senior all-time lists.

Richardson also clocked a 55.04 in the 400m improving on her seasons best of 56.99. Her best time is 54.18 which was the National and National Junior record until a few months ago when it was broken by Kayla Richardson with a 53.81 run.

Nelson has hit the bronze standards this year for SEA Games in the 100 and 200. She ran the 100 at National Open in April finishing with the silver behind an athlete from Hong Kong.  Nelson still needs to clock 54.24 to qualify for the 400 individual events.

ZionCN accepts offer to UCAL Berkeley Golden Bear

Nov 20, 2015

Zion Corrales-Nelson

Zion signs for University of Berkeley

Philippine 400m Record Holder Zion Corrales-Nelson has accepted a NCAA Div 1 scholarship to the University of California Berkeley. Furthermore just a few days ago reported that the Richardson twins had accepted an offer to USC. While Zion will be taking up Bio-Engineering.

And Zion will be training under Coach Tony Sandoval. Most noteworthy is that he has been coaching the school since 1982. While the University of Berkeley was founded in 1868.

Especially relevant is that Zion currently holds the Philippine Record and Philippine Junior Record in the 400 Meters. Timing a 54.18 run at the British Columbia school champs in 2014. Hence she broke the National and Junior Record of Jenny Rose Rosales (54.65) set at the 2013 UAAP Championships.

While most mainstream media reported she broke Lydia De Vega Junior Record this is Incorrect. And inaccurate as Rosales had already broken De Vega National and Junior Record (54.75, 1981).

Also Zion took Bronze at the Asian qualifying leg of the Asian Youth Games in Bangkok in both the 200 and 400.

While due to injuries, Zion was unable to participate in the 2015 SEA Games, her best time in 2015 was 55.90.

And the Fil-Jamaican sprinter who grew up in Canada acquired her passport last year. Also Zion is the youngest athlete in the roster of the Philippine National training pool.

New Era Dawns for Filipino sprinting as Fil-Heritage Zion Corrales-Nelson butchers women’s 400m Record

May 31, 2014

Photo Finish provided by Jason Swan Valley Royals Track & Field Club
Photo Finish provided by Jason Swan
Valley Royals Track & Field Club

After eclipsing the Philippines National Record and National Junior Record in the heats of the British Columbia school championships in 54.64. The 5’7 Nelson went onto easily win the gold medal at the meet very comfortably with a time of 54.18 in the Girls 400m.

The 15-year-old, whose best was 54.94 last year is perhaps the find of the season for Philippine Athletics. This performance comes off the back of the successful season. Zion has already qualified for the World Juniors in Oregon in July in the 200 and 400 were she will join Kayla Richardson who runs the 100 and 200. Zion will also try and break the 100m standard for World Juniors which stands at 11.90 her best is 12.03.

Zion has a Jamaican father and a Filipino Mother.

Zion requires a time of 53.71 by March to qualify for the 2015 SEA Games next year in Singapore.

Zion Corrales Nelson breaks National 400m Record of Jenyrose Rosales (with video)

May 30, 2014

Zion Corrales Nelson
Pinoy pride Zion-Corrales-Nelson Photo Credit: Editha Corrales-Nelson

Video and Results and Photo c/o Editha Corrales-Nelson

Fil-Heritage sprinter Zion Corrales-Nelson has unofficially broken the National Record. Also the National Junior Record. Both held by Jenny Rose Rosales of the University of the East. Rosales record was set at the 2013 UAAP Championships last December. Once ratified it will mean that Nelson is the countries youngest ever Record Holder.

The performance is subject to ratification/ Pinoyathletics is compiling official results. We need to obtain the photo finish from the organizers.

Zion clocked 54.64 which was a national and national junior record. Previous Jenny Rosales 54.65 Nat and Nat JR Rec. Also previous to that in 1981 was Lydia De Vega Mercado 54.75.

While Jenny was 19 when she set the record and Lydia were 17. Lydia then focussed more on the 100 and 200 from there on in. Zion is 15 years old turning 16 near the end of the year.

Hence this gives her until 2017 to improve on the junior record she has established.

Zion and her family did not realize they had surpassed the National Record They were just happy that she had surpassed the 55.16 criteria set by the IAAF to qualify her to World Juniors. The next benchmark is the 53.71 bronze medal standard to head to the 2015 SEA Games in Singapore next June. And hopefully a spot in the National Training Pool.

While she made her debut representing the Philippines at the Youth Olympic Games qualifiers in Thailand. Where she got two bronzes in the 200m and 400m dash with times of 24.30/24.44. Hence qualifying her for world juniors in the 200m and 56.04.

But for the meantime for the 15-year-old Corrales-Nelson 54.64 performance got her through fastest of the heats. During the British Columbia High School Championships and will focus on winning that event. She could lower that record again in the finals. This catalyst is sure to bring about a rapid improvement in all Filipino women’s 400m pushing towards the 53.71 now that the BENCHMARK has been set.

zion-corrales-nelson results

Zion Corrales-Nelson qualifies for the World Juniors in 200m

May 23, 2014

Zion Corrales-Nelson qualifies for the World Juniors

Zion proudly displaying the flag after winning two sprint medals for the Philippines in her first race. Zion Corrales-Nelson became the second-ever athlete to qualify for the prestigious World Junior Championships which will take place in Oregon, the US in July.

The 15-year-old Fil-Canadian clocked 24.44 in the heats of the 200 meters in Bangkok,

Thailand at the Asian leg of the Youth Olympic Games a personal best and below the required 24.50 standards for World Juniors.

A bronze medal in 200m for Zion Nelson
A bronze medal in 200m for Zion Nelson

In the final, Zion went on to run 24.30 and again break her best time and further justify selection for World Juniors. Zion took the bronze behind two Chinese athletes, with her time being mere thousandths from the silver medal.


Zion now joins Fil-American Kayla Richardson, 16 who has run 11.78 and 24.03 in the World Juniors.

18 year old, Ernest John Obiena who is training in Italy is looking at hitting the 5.05m qualifier for the Pole Vault which is for June 16. Obiena leaped 5.00m at the SEA Games and also at an indoor meet in Taipei.

Zion Corrales-Nelson wins a Bronze for the Philippines at Youth Olympic Qualifiers

May 21, 2014

Zion Corrales-Nelson
Zion Corrales Nelson
Photo Credit: Edna Corrales

A young Fil-Canadian made her international debut for the Philippines.


15-year-old Zion Corrales-Nelson won a bronze medal for the Philippines at the Youth Olympic Qualifiers in Bangkok, Thailand. Nelson was the sole representative for the Philippines at this meet. The Canadian based athlete took the Bronze in the 400m Dash with a time of 56.04. Her best performance from last year was 54.94.


Zion Nelson has run 24.54 this year in the United States and needs to run 24.50 and 55.16 to qualify for the Philippines a the World Juniors in Oregon (July) by June 16.


As only the top two from Asia go through from this event its unsure if Nelson will progress to the finals of this event in China in August.

Bronze for Zion Corrales Nelson
Bronze for Zion Corrales Nelson

2014 New Fil-Heritage Part Jamaican Sprinter

Zion Corrales Nelson running at the Harry Jerome Classic in Vancouver.
Zion Corrales Nelson running at the Harry Jerome Classic in Vancouver.

In what seemed like the end to a long drought of quality Filipina Sprinters yet another exciting find has emerged. Zion Corrales-Nelson is part of the batch of Filipina-Heritage sprinters which is coming through. Breaking from the tradition of the Richardson twins and Princess Joy Griffey, Corrales hails from Canada!.

Zion is part Filipino and part Jamaican. A good mix of speed genes.

I had a chance to talk to her uncle Brett Goller who has provided a copy of Zion’s Filipino passport to the PATAFA.

This is wonderful news for the Fil-Heritage Program of the Philippines Sports Commission and good news for the Philippines Track and Field Association as we are now tapping the communities of other countries outside the United States to ensure we have the best athletes possible representing the Philippines.

Corrales at Burnaby
Corrales at Burnaby

Zion who hails from Vancouver, Canada was born 11 October 1998, she is several months younger than the Richardson twin sisters.

Zion Corrales-Nelson has a personal best of 12.03 in the 100m, 24.53 in the 200m, has ran 24.01 (+2.4), and 54.94 in the 400m.

This exciting new find for the Philippines will be participating at the National Games.

Nelson is eyeing the qualification standards for the World Junior Championships in Oregon which are 11.90, 24.50 and 55.26. Times which are well within range for the promising young sprinter. She is likely also to join forces with the Richardson twins in the relay in what may be the start of a women’s 4×100 relay which will be around for many years to come.


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. 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 working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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