July 2, 2009
WACO - The Baylor track and field team signed two more student-athletes, as Gavyn Jerome Nero and Simone Brinkley were signed to National Letters of Intent, head coach Todd Harbour announced on Thursday.
"Simone and Gavyn are two outstanding additions to our men and women's track program," Harbour said. "Simone's double and state meet record was one of the highlights of this year's state meet. She did not run track last year so she has had a meteoric rise to the top this year. Gavyn is arguably the top junior middle distance runner that we have ever signed. They are both outstanding individuals and will both have an immediate impact on our program."
Nero, who hails from Trinidad and Tobago, owns the national record in the 1500 and 3,000 as well as the Carifta games record in the 1500. He was named the 2007 and 2008 Junior Sportsman of the Year for Trinidad and Tobago as well as the 2006 Junior Athlete of the Year. Nero is a four-time gold-medal winner in the 800 and 1500 in the Carifta games. In addition, he won the 3,000 in 2006 and was a member of the gold-medal 4x400 team in 2009. In all, Nero has won more medals at the Carifta games than any other athlete in Trinidad and Tobago history, totaling 11 gold and one silver.
Brinkley, a native of Dallas, was the 2009 Class 3A state champion in the 800 meters and 400 meters. She broke the Class 3A state record in the 800 which was also the fastest time( 2:09.81) run this year at the state meet, and was selected to the 2009 Dallas Morning News All Area Track Team.