March 31, 2014
NEW ORLEANS - Following a record-setting weekend at the Texas Relays, Baylor track and field freshman Trayvon Bromell was named the Division I Men's National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Monday.
The St. Petersburg, Fla., native, clocked a world-leading time of 10.01 to win the 100-meter dash on Saturday at the 87th-annual event. With that time, Bromell equaled the World Junior record for the event, while breaking the Baylor school record and the Texas Relays record.
In his first collegiate 100-meter race on Friday, Bromell had already shattered the BU and Texas Relays records with a time of 10.02 in the prelims. He bettered the previous school record of Everett Walker (10.12), which was set in 2012 and also bested the previous Texas Relays record established by Gerald Phiri (10.06) of Texas A&M in 2011.
With his win in the final, Bromell entered into a four-way tie atop the World Junior record book with Darrel Brown (Trinidad, 2003), Jeff Demps (USA, 2008) and Yoshihide Kiryu (Japan, 2013).
Bromell was only the second BU athlete to ever win the 100-meter dash at the Texas Relays, joining Bill Martineson, who accomplished the feat in 1947.
The 100-meter win was not Bromell's only accomplishment on the weekend. He also ran the leadoff leg for Baylor's 4x100-meter relay team. Along with Blake Heriot, Walker and Alex Reece, Bromell helped take third in the event with a time of 39.09, the second-fastest time in school history.
Two weeks into the 2014 outdoor season, Bromell now owns both the NCAA's fastest 100 and 200-meter times. He won the TCU Invitational 200-meter title in a time of 20.23 on March 21 in his collegiate outdoor debut. That mark was sixth-fastest in BU history with all five faster times belonging to former 200-meter world record holder Michael Johnson.
Bromell is the first BU athlete to ever win the USTFCCCA accolade, which started in 2012.
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