EUGENE, Ore. – History was made at historic Hayward Field on Friday with Baylor freshman Trayvon Bromell blazing to a World Junior record in winning the men’s 100 meter finals with a wind-legal time of 9.97 seconds.
Bromell, who shared the previous World Junior Record with a wind-legal time of 10.01, got off to a good start out of the blocks and then held off fellow Florida native Dentarius Locke from Florida State (10.02) by five hundredths of a second to become Baylor’s first NCAA national champion in an individual event at the outdoor meet since Darold Williamson (400 meters) in 2005.
“It’s a blessing. It’s a humbling experience, just the fact of getting the record and winning as a freshman,” Bromell said. “I’m real happy I was able to do it. I feel like you can accomplish a lot, if you just keep faith in God.”
Bromell is also Baylor’s first NCAA All-American in the 100 meters. Bill Martineson earned back-to-back All-America honors in the 100-yard dash in 1946 and ’47.