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MARCUS BRUNSON
Event:
Sprints
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
PRs: 9.99 (2006)
Born: April 24, 1978 in Mesa, Ariz.
Current Residence: Phoenix, Ariz.
High School: Marcos de Niza HS (Tempe, Ariz.) 96
College: Wyoming 98, Arizona State 01
Coach: Self
Agent: Caroline Feith
Club: Nike

Career Highlights: 2001 World University Games gold medalist; 3rd at 2001 NCAA Outdoors

Brunson had a breakthrough season in 2006 in bettering the 10-second barrier in the 100 meters for the first time in his career (9.99), and ending the season with his first top-10 world ranking from Track & Field News (#4). Recognized as an up and coming 100m sprinter, Brunson established a then personal best in that event in 2004 with his 10.06 win at Leverkusen…comes from a family of football stars and played wide receiver himself before devoting himself to track in 1999. The results paid off with an NCAA runner-up finish indoors in 1999 and the World University Games gold medal in 2001 …A football player while at Wyoming, Brunson transferred to Arizona State for the 1999-2000 season, where he immediately had an impact on the Sun Devils by winning his first 60m race at the Flagstaff Indoor Invitational in the then collegiate record time of 6.46 seconds. Brunson competed in track while at Wyoming and qualified for NCAA championships, but injuries kept him from competing. As a wide receiver for Wyoming he tallied 15 receptions for 159 yards in 16 games over two seasons …father, Michael, played football at ASU (1968-69) and later for the Atlanta Falcons…his uncle, Larry, played football at Colorado and later for the Broncos, Raiders and Chiefs…in high school, was the 1996 Arizona state champion in the 100, 200 and 400…majored in interdisciplinary studies at Arizona State.


2007:
Did not compete.
2006: 1st in prelim at USA Outdoors (10.22, did not compete in semis)…1st at adidas Track Classic (10.01)…3rd at Oslo (10.06)…2nd at Rieti (10.02)…4th at Zurich (9.99PR)…4th at World Athletics Final (10.04)…1st at Shanghai (10.03)…ranked #4 in world (#3 U.S.) by T&FN…best of 9.99.
2005:
Did not compete due to ruptured abdominal muscle.

2004: 
8th in semifinal at U.S. Olympic Trials (10.45)1st at Leverkusen (10.06PR)best of 10.06PR.
2003: 6th in first round of 100 at USA Outdoors (10.42) 6th in 60 at USA Indoor (6.58) bests of 10.07 and 20.55.
2002:
Bests of 10.16 and 20.77.
2001: World University Games gold medalistWUGs silver in 4x1003rd at NCAA Outdoors Pac-10 100 and 200 champion bests of 10.10, 10.06w and 20.37.
2000: 6th in heat at Olympic Trials (10.39) 4th in 4x100 at NCAA outdoors (39.16) third at Pac-10s (10.32)bests of 10.31, 21.05
1999: 2nd at NCAA Indoors (6.62) 5th in 4x400 at NCAA Indoors Broke collegiate record in 60m indoors with 6.46 at Flagstaff Invitational. (Record later broken by Leonard Myles-Mills of BYU)broke 1984 Olympic Games 4x100m relay gold medalist Ron Brown's 18-year-old ASU school record in the 100 with a 10.10 at the Wildcat Qualifier... sixth in 4x400 at NCAA outdoors sixth in 1st round of 100m and 200m at USA Outdoorspulled up with a cramp in the 100 at the Pac-10 Championship after going 3-0 in 100m races during regular season although qualified, did not compete at NCAA Outdoors bests of 10.10 and 20.42.

1/20/08

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