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Lakya Brookins

  • position Sprints
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Seneca, S.C.
  • High school Seneca
  • position Sprints
  • class Freshman
  • Hometown Seneca, S.C.
  • High school Seneca

Lakya Brookins Bio

2011: NCAA champion in the 60m dash … Indoor All-American in the 60m … First back-to-back 60m champion in SEC history … USTFCCCA Southeast Region Athlete of the Year … ran South Carolina, NCAA meet, Gilliam Indoor Facility and collegiate record time of 7.09 to win the 60m dash title … had 12 consecutive NCAA automatic qualifying times to end the season … Won all but one meet during the year in the 60m dash … First Team All-SEC.

2010: South Carolina[apos]s first SEC Champion in the 60m dash after claiming the title at 7.18 … Finished first in the 60m dash in all but one meet before taking bronze medal honors at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships at 7.22 … Outdoors, won the Penn Relays in the 100m at 11.37 … Did not compete at the SEC Outdoor Championships due to illness, missing the chance to earn the SEC short sprint sweep … Tried to bounce back the next week but took 29th at the NCAA East Preliminary Round at 11.68 … Qualified for NCAA Outdor Championships as a member of the 4x100m relay team … Relay ran 44.52 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to finish 10th overall.

2009: South Carolina[apos]s first NCAA Champion in 60m dash … Ran a 7.13 in the final, over one-tenth of a second faster than the second place finisher (7.24) … Shattered the school-record 7.21 run by Amberly Nesbitt and Shalonda Solomon … Tied an NCAA Meet record … Ran the second fastest time in the world this year; fastest by a collegiate … Bronze medalist at SEC Indoors and Outdoors at 7.24 (60m) and 11.36 (100m) … NCAA East Region silver medalist in 100m (11.33) and 4x100m relay (43.65) … Silver medlist at SEC Outdoor Championships in 4x100m relay … NCAA outdoor bronze medalist in 4x100m relay … ran 11.23 at U.S. Outdoor Championships … All-American indoors in the 60m and outdoors in the 100m and 4x100m relay … named South Carolina[apos]s Female Student-Athlete of the Year … indoors, placed in the top three in every meet … opened season with a second place finish at the Kentucky Invitational at 7.33 … claimed third at the Tom Jones Memorial before finishing second at the New Balance Collegiate at 7.34 … won the Tyson Invitational at 7.28 … at the SEC Indoor Championships, ran a 7.22 in the prelims before claiming third at 7.24 … at the NCAA Indoor Championships, was the final qualifier for the finals after placing 8th at prelims at 7.34 … outdoors, competed solely in the 100m and 4x100m relay … won the Spec Town Relays at 11.30 … took third at the Penn Relays at 11.32 … finished second at the UNC Elite Meet … earned bronze medal honors at the SEC Outdoor Championships with a run of 11.36 … ran a personal best 11.20 in the prelims of the NCAA Outdoor Championships … placed 10th overall after crossing the finish line at 11.56 in the semifinals … ran leadoff for the 4x100m relay team that claimed second at the SEC Outdoor Championships at 44.37 … also ran leadoff at the NCAA Outdoor Championships with a relay time of 43.41 to earn bronze.

2008: NCAA Indoor All-American in the 60m … South Carolina[apos]s indoor rookie of the year … SEC Freshman Runner of the Week to open the indoor season after a win in the 60m at the UNC Classic at 7.32 … placed second at the Millrose Games at 7.36 … ran a 7.37 at the New Balance Invitational to place seventh … ran a 7.34 at the SEC Indoor Championships … silver medalist at the NCAA Last Chance meet at 7.32 … placed 10th at the NCAA Indoors in the 60m at 7.32 … ran a team best 6.89 in the 55m at the Tom Jones Memorial … placed second in the 200m at the UNC Classic at 25.20 … ran a 25.00 at the NCAA Last Chance Meet … outdoors, opened the season with a win in the 100m at the Shamrock Invitational at 11.63 … placed third at the Auburn Tiger Classic at 11.67 … fourth place finish at the Spec Towns Invitational at 11.59 .. .ran a season best 11.57 at the Friendship and Freedom Games … competed at the SEC Outdoor Championship with a time of 11.67 … bronze medalist at the SEC Outdoors as a member of the 4x100m relay team that crossed at 44.34.

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from Seneca High School … lettered in basketball, gymnastics and track … 2007 All-USA track team … 2005 and 2006 All-State selection … two-time Region Athlete of the Year … third place at USA Jr. Nationals in 100m … member of 2007 Pan Am team … 2006 South Carolina state champion in the 100m and 200m … two-time regional champion in 100m and 200m … finished first nationally in the 55m (indoors) … set facility records at Clemson and South Carolina as a high school senior … advanced to finals at USA Nationals … finished fourth at 100th Millrose Games in the 60m … two-time 4x100m regional champion.

PERSONAL: LaKya Janaee Brookins was born July 28, 1989 … pursuing a degree in criminal justice … parents are Kimberly Brookins (Belated Mitchell Brookins) and Frank Smith … hobbies include singing, dancing and swimming … chose USC over Auburn, Arkansas, Louisville, Nebraska, Clemson, George Mason, TCU and Wisconsin … selected Carolina because ‘Coach Frye was a man of his word during recruitment.’

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