June 27, 2013
WACO, Texas – Baylor track and field signee Trayvon Bromell was named the 2012-13 Gatorade National Track and Field Athlete of the Year earlier this week.
The St. Petersburg, Fla., native has had a remarkable final season at Gibbs High School.
Bromell, a sprinter, becomes the first Baylor track and field athlete to be recognized as a national award winner.
The 5-foot-9, 160-pound senior won the 100-meter dash at the Great Southwest Classic in New Mexico earlier this month with a time of 9.99 seconds, the fastest time in U.S. prep history regardless of wind conditions.
Bromell also won the 100 meters at the Class 3A state championship meet in 10.45, while anchoring his school’s 4x100-relay quartet to first in 42.26 and finishing second in the 200.
He also took top honors in the 100, in 10.41, and placed second in the 200, in 20.91, at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor.
His winning time of 10.27 in the 100 at the Golden South Classic ranks as the nation’s No. 1 wind-legal performance among prep competitors in 2013 at the time of his selection.
Last week at the USA Junior Outdoor Championships, Bromell battled a stiff headwind to win the 100-meter title in 10.47. That victory qualified him to represent the USA at the Pan-Am Junior Championships Aug. 23-25 in Medellin, Columbia.
He joins Andre Scott, a Sanford, Fla., sprinter who won the award in 1993-94 - as the only athletes from Florida to win the honor in the award's 28-year history.
Bromell will now head to Los Angeles as one of six finalists for the Gatorade Male High School Athlete of the Year, joining Skyline (WA) quarterback Max Browne (football), St. Benedict's Prep runner (NJ) Edward Cheserek (cross country), Huntington Prep (WV) forward Andrew Wiggins (basketball), El Rancho (CA) midfielder Cristian Roldan (soccer) and Loganville (GA) centerfielder Clint Frazier (baseball). The winner will be announced during a dinner ceremony before the ESPY Awards on July 17.
Bromell was awarded 2012-13 Gatorade Florida Track and Field Athlete of the Year on June 20. He won the national award over 49 other candidates from across the country.
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