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Baylor's Trayvon Bromell takes second in 100, third in 200 at NCAA meet

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Sat. June 13, 2015 | Bob Putnam | Email

Baylor's Trayvon Bromell takes second in 100, third in 200 at NCAA meet

By now, it has become the norm for Baylor sprinter Trayvon Bromell to run the 100 meters in under 10 seconds.

After all, the former Gibbs standout had posted five sub-9.95 times this season in his signature event, including a 9.90 in Wednesday’s semifinals at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, the second-fastest in collegiate history.

Bromell’s semifinal time was .08 seconds ahead of the field, making the defending champion the favorite in Friday’s final.

But Bromell was not just after another title. He was zeroing on the collegiate record of 9.89 set by Ngonidzashe Makusha of Florida State in 2011.  Lunging at the finish line, Bromell got the time he wanted in 9.88, though it was wind-aided and would not officially count in the record books.

Only problem was someone else beat him.

Andre De Grasse of Southern California won in a wind-aided 9.75, the second-fastest ever by a collegian in any conditions.

In the 200, Bromell was third in 19.86, a wind-aided time that was a personal-best under any conditions.  De Grasse completed the sprinting sweep by winning in 19.58, the fastest time run under any conditions by a collegian and at Hayward Field.

Bromell got off to a strong start and was second heading into the curve. He ran stride-for-stride with defending outdoor champion Dedric Dukes of Florida, but was out-leaned at the tape. Both ran 19.86 with Dukes beating Bromell by two-thousandths of a second.

“We all ran fast times today,” Bromell said. “There are a lot of people in this world that would have had the same amount of wind and probably wouldn’t have run as fast. We are just blessed to be able to come out here and compete and run well. I am happy. (De Grasse) is happy. We are all great competitors.”

Bromell lowered his school record time in the 100 by .02 seconds. He was .01 seconds off the school record time of 19.85 in the 200 set by Olympic champion Michael Johnson in 1990. Bromell also became the first Baylor male athlete to earn All-American honors in two individual events at the NCAA Outdoor Championships since Bill Martineson did so in the 100 and 220-yard dashes in 1946 and 1947.

"Trayvon just had a great day. Time-wise, he was amazing, “Baylor coach Todd Harbour said. “His competition was just a little better today. Trayvon knew it was going to be a battle in both races. He’s had a great season, a great year, and it’s still going on. He’ll run in the USA Championships. I know he wanted to be an NCAA champion, coming back to defend his title. But he ran unbelievable. And you can’t take anything away from any of those guys’ performances today across the board."
 

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