June 18, 2014
INDIANAPOLIS - Baylor freshman sprinter Trayvon Bromell was honored as USA Track and Field's Athlete of the Week, the organization announced on Wednesday.
The St. Petersburg, Fla., product ran a 9.97 in the 100 meters, setting a new junior world record at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Friday. The time propelled the first-year speedster to the NCAA title.
Bromell got off to a good start out of the blocks and then held off Dentarius Locke of 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.
The previous world junior record of 10.01 was set by Trinidad and Tobago's Darrel Brown at the 2003 World Championships and matched by Bromell earlier in March at the Texas Relays in Austin.
Bromell became the first freshman to win the 100-meter title since Florida State's Walter Dix in 2005. Overall, he is only the sixth freshman to win the NCAA 100-meter crown and owns the eighth-fastest time for a collegian.
The title clinching race was Bromell's third time running a sub-10 time in 2014, but his first wind-legal time. He ran a 9.92 (2.2) in the NCAA prelims last Wednesday and a 9.77 (4.2) at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Lubbock, Texas in May. He was named the Big 12's Outstanding Freshman after the Championships and his time in Lubbock is the third-fastest in NCAA history, regardless of wind.
Bromell will be in action during the first week of July at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships and will be back in Eugene in late July to compete at the IAAF World Junior Championships.
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