Lone Stars Shine Bright At Brooks PR

Jalaysiya Smith won the 2019 girls 100H at Brooks PR Inv.

Brooks invites only the top track stars of each season to compete and battle it out against each other to chase some personal records.

This weekend, many of the Texas performers who attended the meet let their lights shine bright by bringing home both wins and PR performances.

In the girls 100H, Desoto sophomore Jalaysiya Smith captured a Brooks PR win with her 13.66 big time win over the US Heptathlon record holder and University of Georgia signee, Anna Hall (CO). Smith was the UIL 6A 100H runner up behind teammate Jayla Hollis was was second at NBNO this weekend, but was the class of the talent this weekend at Brooks.

Also on the girls side, UIL state record holder and 2019 6A 3200m champion Brynn Brown of Denton Guyer ran a superb race by running a 9:57.54 PR. Brown finished third place behind Ericka Vanderlende (MI) - 9:53.00, and Katelynne Hart (IL) - 9:56.13 making her the 14th fastest girls 2 miler of All-Time and the fastest Texan in the event ever. 

Also getting a runner-up finish was Fort Worth Trimble Tech sophomore and UIL 6A 100m runner-up Kenondra Davis. She ran 11.36 to finish right behind senior Semira Killebrew (IN) who won the sprint race in 11.24. Davis not only lived up to the PR intentions of the meet with her 11.36, but it was also the fastest wind legal time of the year in Texas and the fifth fastest wind legal time in the country this season.

Denton Guyer's Brynn Brown ran the fastest 2 mile race by a Texas girl ever at Brooks PR

Duncanville graduate and UIL 6A 400m runner-up, Arius Williams placed third in the girls 400m. Williams, the Arizona State signee ran a 54.49 for the top finish against some of the nation's best 2019 quarter-milers. She followed Ziyah Holman (DC) - 52.62 and Meghan Hunter (UT) -  54.43 who finished 1 - 2.

UIL 5A girls 400m and 800m champ Bailey Goggans of Marble Falls competed in her specialty race at Brooks PR, the 800m. Goggans ran her sixth sub 2:10 race of the 2019 outdoor season this weekend with her 2:06.90.

The Brooks PR boys 2 mile race was perhaps the best assembled field of the meet. It has many of the country's best distance runners including two of Texas' best. Aledo junior Graydon Morris and Fort Worth Christian graduate Carter Cheeseman were both listed in the field and they competed hard showing why they are considered two of the best nationally.

Morris had never ran a sub 9 minute race, but finally got it in the 2 mile distance. He ran a PR of 8:50.52, just .23 behind second place and four seconds behind the winner Cole Sprout (CO) who finished with a 8:46.41.

Cheeseman who already had both a sub 9 minute 3200m and 2 mile race from last season got another one this weekend. The University of Notre Dame signee also did it in PR fashion with a 8:53.45 for a sixth place finish.


Graydon Morris ran to a 8:50.52 2 mile PR

UIL 6A 400m Champion Omajuwa Etiwe and junior from El Paso Franklin also got the invite from Brooks. Etiwe took his 46.51 PR to the meet looking to drop that time against some of the best 400m runners in the country.

Etiwe was unable to better that mark this weekend, but he did get a fourth place finish with his 47.54 time to show the rest of the country that he is still one of the top quarter-milers in the country.


Other Notable Texas Finishers at 2019 Brooks PR Inv.

London Culbreath - McKinney North - 1 Mile (4:57.39)

Dominick Houston-Shepard - Fort Bend Marshall (14.59)

Telron Bradford- Katy Morton Ranch (48.84)

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