NCAA high jump leader honored as she preps for NCAA Indoor Championships.
The 2011 Sprint/Hurdle Coaches Clnic will be held Nov. 18-19
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'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'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'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'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."