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Spurs Up Top Moments 2010-11: #2 LaKya Brookins Wins Second NCAA Championship in Record Time

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With the 2011-12 season right around the corner, we wanted to take a look back at the past year. We're down to the last two moments in our countdown of the Top 15 Gamecock moments from 2010-11 across several sports from the Spurs Up perspective. It was a good year for the Gamecocks, so I hope you enjoy reminiscing with me!

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#2: LaKya Brookins Wins Second NCAA Championship with Record-Breaking 60-m Dash

LaKya Brookins ncaa champ cropped.jpegWhen I thought back over the past year to start thinking of ideas for this countdown, I knew senior sprinter LaKya Brookins would be very high on the list for winning her second National Championship in the 60-meter dash (her first was as a sophomore in 2009). National titles are pretty tough to top, you know? What I didn't fully comprehend at the time was how truly remarkable her year was when you look at it all together.

Back in mid-January, the Seneca, SC, native gave everyone a hint that she was headed for a special season after she posted an automatic NCAA qualifying time in the first meet. For those who may not be familiar with collegiate track & field, that means Brookins guaranteed herself a spot in the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships two months later with just one race.

But just because she was already qualified for NCAA's didn't mean Brookins was going to lay off, not even close. Brookins proceeded to post an automatic qualifying time in every single 60-meter race she ran all season, the only runner in that event to do so.

Another hint of what was to come was at the SEC Championships on February 27th. Brookins became the first back-to-back title winner in conference history. She blazed through the finish line with a time of 7.14, the third-fastest time in the world and top time in the NCAA at that point.

A few days before competition started at the NCAA Indoor Championships, in recognition of her stellar season so far, Brookins was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Region Female Track Athlete of the Year. She is the first Gamecock to earn the award since Olympic gold medalist Natasha Hastings earned the honor in 2007.

On March 11th, day one of the NCAA Indoor Championships, Brookins threw down the gauntlet, cutting another hundredth of a second off her time and tying her own facility, school and meet records with a preliminary round winning time of 7.13.

The next day in the finals, Brookins would solidify her place in track & field history by crossing the finish line in a blistering 7.09 seconds, the fastest 60-m time in the world by a woman so far this year and a new facility, NCAA meet and school record. The time also tied a 10-year old collegiate record.

Re-live the moment with her:

Brookins followed up her amazing indoor season with more records during outstanding outdoor track & field season, in which she competed in the 100-m dash. On April 16th she ran the nation's fastest wind-legal time in the 100 at 11.10, an improvement on her personal best time and the second-fastest time ever run by a Gamecock. Brookins would go on to also be named the USTFCCCA Southeast Region Female Track Athlete of the Year for the outdoor season and finish sixth in the 100-m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. She was also awarded the women's indoor track MVP and the Female Athlete of the Year by her peers at the annual Gamecock Gala.

Congratulations to LaKya on all her accomplishments and a big thank you to her for being such a great Gamecock!

Stay caught up on the Top Moments countdown. Only two more moments to go!

#3: The Gamecocks Take Down #1 Alabama

#4: Amanda Rutqvist Wins South Carolina's First-Ever SEC Swimming Championship

#5: Men's Soccer Wins C-USA Championship in OT

#6: Marcus Lattimore's Record-Breaking Game vs. Florida

#7: Sam Muldrow Sets Career Blocks Record

#8: Johnna Letchworth Named All-American with Nation-Leading Record

#9: Fans Welcome Home the SEC Eastern Division Champions

#10: Women's Golf Advances to NCAA Championship

#11: Women's Soccer Advances on PK's to SEC Tournament Championship

#12: Freshman Julie Sarratt Throws No-Hitter in Debut

#13: Cocky's 30th Birthday Party

#14: Women's Basketball Upsets LSU, 63-61, at Colonial Life Arena

#15: Alshon Jeffery's season-long 70-yard touchdown vs. Tennessee

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