Columbia, SC - From the University of South Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina juniors LaKya Brookins and Johnny Dutch have been named Southeastern Conference Men's and Women's Runner of the Week after the duo posted nation-leading times in their respective events last weekend at the Shamrock Invitational.
The weekly honor is the first career SEC honor for Dutch and second for Brookins, who was named SEC Freshman of the Week in January 2008. Brookins began her outdoor season by posting wins and NCAA top five marks in three separate events.
Brookins ran a nation-leading 11.51 in the 100-meter dash, over .08 seconds faster than the nation's No. 2 (teammate Gabby Glenn) and done with only a 0.7 wind resistance. She then ran the first leg of the 4x100-meter relay team that ran 44.80, the top time in the SEC and No. 4 in the nation. Brookins also ran the opening leg of the 4x200-meter relay team that won the event at 1:36.18.
Dutch enjoyed a strong outdoor season opening meet by running some of the top times in the country. Dutch ran the nation's fastest time in the 110-meter hurdles with his win at 13.73, seven-hundredths of a second faster than the next person on the descending order list. Later in the day, Dutch ran the second leg of the men's 4x400-meter relay team that won the Shamrock Invitational at 3:09.85. That time is the third-fastest outdoor time in the NCAA this year and ahead of five other relays run by SEC teams.