INDIANAPOLIS -- Trayvon Bromell
wins USA Track and Field’s Athlete of the Week after running a 9.97 in the 100 meters, setting a new junior world record at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, Friday, June 13.
Bromell (St. Petersburg, Florida), a freshman at Baylor University, is the first freshman to win the 100m since Florida State’s Walter Dix (2005). With a slight 1.8 mph breeze at his back, Bromell shot out of the blocks, leading from start to finish, as he was the only finalist to break 10 seconds to defeat runner-up Dentarius Locke of Florida State’s 10.02. The previous 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. Jeff Demps and Japan’s Yoshihide Kiryu also matched the time, but they were never ratified as world junior records. Bromell is only the sixth freshman to win the NCAA 100m title and owns the eighth-fastest time for a collegian.
“I just had my head set on running a good race and winning,” Bromell said. “I wanted to set an example for other people to show that if they set their mind to something, they can do it. Just because I’m a freshman, people think I can’t do it. It’s a big accomplishment to be named USATF Athlete of the Week. My coaches and I talked about making an impact as a freshman. It just shows not only how hard I’ve been working, but also how hard my coaches have been working too.”
This is Bromell’s third time running a sub-10 time as a collegian, but his first wind-legal time. He ran a 9.92 (2.2) in the semi-finals 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. He plans on coming back to Eugene in July to compete at the IAAF World Junior Championships.
Other top performers from this week include:
• Sydney McLaughlin
(Scotch Plains, New Jersey) was spectacular at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals, winning the girls 400 meter hurdles in 56.89 and placing second in the girls 100 meter hurdles with a 13.34. The high school freshman also anchored the Union Catholic (New Jersey) “Swedish Relay” team (100, 200, 300, 400) to victory in 2:09.95, running her 400m leg in 52.04.
• Jonah Gorevic
(Rye, New York) won the Youth Boys’ Mile at the adidas Grand Prix in New York with a time of 5:01.55, beating his closest competitor by 15 seconds. He broke the record for fastest mile by a boy, 10-year-old or younger, by four seconds.
• Marquis Dendy
(Middletown, Delaware) of Florida won NCAA Outdoor titles in the men’s long jump and triple jump. The junior is the first man to sweep both titles at the same championship meet since Walter Davis (LSU) in 2002, and he is just the sixth man ever to accomplish the feat. He earned Florida’s fifth straight title in the outdoor men's triple jump (C. Taylor 2010, 2011; O. Craddock 2012, 2013) and the first in the outdoor men’s long jump. Dendy was a member of Team USA at the World Outdoor Championships in Moscow in 2013.
• Tianna Bartoletta
(Tampa, Florida) won the long jump at the Oslo Diamond League meet with a world-leading 7.02m/23-0.5, which made her the No. 8 all-time U.S. performer and the ninth U.S. woman ever to jump more than 23 feet.
Now in its 13th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on www.usatf.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.
2014 Winners: January 13, Chris Derrick
; January 20, Galen Rupp
; January 27, Galen Rupp
; February 3, Alexa Efraimson
; February 10, Mike Rutt
; Feb. 17, Bernard Laga
t; Feb. 24, Sharon Day-Monroe
; March 3, David Torrence
; March 10, Francena McCorory
; March 17, Irene Obera
; March 24, Duane Solomon
; March 31, Maria Michta
; April 7, Noah Lyles
; April 14, Kendell Williams
; April 21, Meb Keflezighi
; April 28, Kristi Castlin
; May 5, Maria Michta
; May 12, Erik Kynard
; May 19, Emma Coburn;
May 26, Brenda Martinez
; June 2, Galen Rupp
; June 9, Tori Bowie
; June 16, Trayvon Bromell
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