EUGENE, Ore. - History was made at historic Hayward Field on Friday with Baylor freshman Trayvon Bromell blazing to a World Junior record in winning the men's 100 meter finals with a wind-legal time of 9.97 seconds.
Bromell, who shared the previous World Junior Record with a wind-legal time of 10.01, got off to a good start out of the blocks and then held off fellow Florida native Dentarius Locke from Florida State (10.02) by five hundredths of a second to become Baylor's first NCAA national champion in an individual event at the outdoor meet since Darold Williamson (400 meters) in 2005.
That was just a part of a big Day 3 for the Bears, who earned All-America honors in three other events and racked up a combined 24 points to move into the top 15 on both the men's and women's sides.
It started with another freshman, TJ Holmes, coming out of Lane 8 to finish fourth in the men's 400-meter hurdles with a sizzling time of 50.07 that ranks as his third-best time of the season. Nebraska's Miles Ukaoma won in 49.23, followed by 2012 NCAA champion Michael Stigler of Kansas in 49.90 and LSU's Quincy Downing in 49.97, just one-tenth of a second ahead of Holmes.
Junior Rachel Johnson, who earned indoor All-America honors in the 3,000 meters in March, capped off her season with a third-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a school-record time of 9:44.47. She was in the lead pack the whole race and was out front with two laps to go, but couldn't stick with Michigan State's Leah O'Connor (9:36.43) and got passed by Boise State's Marisa Howard (9:43.82) in the last 50 meters.
Sophomore Brianna Richardson, the Bears' lone field event competitor on Day 3, earned the school's fourth All-America honor on Friday by finishing third in the triple jump with a mark of 43 feet, 3 ¾ inches that ranks as her second-best all-time. San Diego State's Shaneika Thomas was the triple jump champion at 45-11 ¼, while LSU's Lynnika Pitts (44-1 ¼) passed Richardson on her last attempt in the finals to move up to fourth.
Going into the final day of the NCAA Championships, the Baylor men are 10th in the team standings with 15 points and the women are tied for 15th with 10 points.
Both sides will get a chance to add to those point totals and possibly move up in the team standings on Saturday. The men have Everett "Tiny" Walker in the 200 meters, along with the men's 4x400 relay, while the women have Ashley Fields in the 200 finals and Tiffani McReynolds in the 100-meter hurdles.
Bromell is Baylor's first NCAA outdoor individual champion since Darold Williamson won the 400 meters in 2005. He is also Baylor's first NCAA All-American in the 100 meters. Bill Martineson earned back-to-back All-America honors in the 100-yard dash in 1946 and '47.
Johnson broke her previous school record (9:49.31) by nearly five seconds and became Baylor's highest-ever finisher in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Erin Bedell was sixth at the NCAA Championships in 2009.
Richardson earned her first career All-America honor by finishing sixth in the triple jump. Baylor's only other All-American in the event is Richardson's coach, Stacey Bowers-Smith, a three-time All-American (1997-99) who won the triple jump national championship in 1999.
Holmes becomes the seventh different Baylor athlete to earn All-America honors in the 400-meter hurdles. The last freshman to do so was Robert Griffin III in 2008, when he finished third.
STAT OF THE DAY
9.97 - Bromell's wind-legal clocking in winning the 100-meter finals, which broke his own World Junior record in the event.
24 - Combined number of points won by the Baylor men's and women's teams on Friday. At last year's NCAA Outdoor Championships, the men scored three points and the women zero.
TOP QUOTE #1
"It was an outstanding day overall, starting with Trayvon's (Bromell) big win in the 100 and breaking the World Junior record. That was amazing. Rachel (Johnson) ran outstanding in the 3K steeple. For Brianna (Richardson) to battle what through she has this year, and to come in here and be on the award stand and finish, that was outstanding. And, of course, TJ (Holmes) led it off. What can you say about a freshman out of Lane 8 finishing fourth?" - head coach Todd Harbour on the third day of the NCAA Championships
TOP QUOTE #2
"It's a blessing. It's a humbling experience, just the fact of getting the record and winning as a freshman. I really don't know what to say. I'm real happy I was able to do it. I feel like you can accomplish a lot, if you just keep faith in God." - Freshman Trayvon Bromell on winning the 100 meters in World Junior-record and wind-legal time of 9.97 seconds
Baylor athletes will return to Hayward Field for the fourth and final day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Saturday. Everett Walker kicks it off with the men's 200-meter finals at 2:42 p.m. PT (4:42 p.m. CT), followed by Ashley Fields in the women's 200 at 2:49 p.m. PT (4:49 p.m. CT), 3:25 p.m. PT (5:25 p.m. CT), Tiffani McReynolds in the women's 100 hurdles at 3:19 p.m. PT (5:19 p.m. CT) and the men's 4x400-meter relay as the capper at 3:47 p.m. PT (5:47 p.m. CT).
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COMPLETE BAYLOR RESULTS
1. Trayvon Bromell (FR) - 9.97 (school and World Junior record)
3. Rachel Johnson (JR) - 9:44.47 (school record)
4. TJ Holmes (FR) - 50.07
6. Brianna Richardson (SO) - 43-3 ¾ (13.20 meters)