May 22, 2014
IRVING, Texas - In a vote of the conference's head coaches, Baylor track and field sprinter Trayvon Bromell won the Big 12 Outstanding Freshman Award for the 2014 outdoor season, league officials announced Thursday.
Bromell is the third Baylor athlete to capture the outdoor freshman honor, joining LeJerald Betters (2007) and Brandon Couts (1998). Bromell's current BU teammate, Felix Obi, won the indoor freshman accolade in 2013.
The first-year speedster from St. Petersburg, Fla., wowed the Big 12 Championships crowd last weekend in Lubbock, Texas, running the third-fastest all-conditions 100 meters in collegiate history with a Big 12 title-winning and all-conditions world-leading 9.77w (+4.2m/s). At the conference meet, Bromell also took eighth in the 200-meter dash and anchored BU's 4x100-meter relay crew to an event title.
Bromell helped the Bears score 93 points and take fourth overall at the Big 12 meet. That is BU's highest point total since 1998 (101) and highest men's team finish since 2001 (4th).
The 100-meter conference performance gives Bromell both the all-conditions and wind-legal collegiate leads, dating to his 10.01 win at the Texas Relays back in March. That mark equaled the World Junior record in the event and was a Baylor school record.
In the opening week of the season, Bromell ran a time of 20.23 in the 200 meters, which still stands as the seventh-fastest time in the country.
Other highlights from Bromell's season include a 10.19 time to win the 100-meter dash at the Drake Relays and a 20.59 to capture the 200-meter crown at the Michael Johnson Classic. Bromell led off for the 4x100-meter crew at the Texas Relays when the quartet took third, but established the fifth-fastest time in the country at 39.09.
On Wednesday, Bromell was one of 10 athletes on the post-conference championships edition of The Bowerman Award Watch list. He is the first BU athlete to achieve that honor.
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