Cayman Islands’ sprint hurdling prospect Rasheem Brown closed out his impressive freshman indoor season with a bang, breaking the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Indoor Championships 60m hurdles record inside the Sanford Jackrabbit Athletic Complex in Brookings, South Dakota.
Entering with the NAIA’s top time in the event, Brown set a new personal best as well as breaking his own Milligan College record, while setting the new championships record in the preliminary round with 7.85 seconds.
He bettered it a day later in the final, clocking 7.81 seconds finishing well ahead of Keiser University’s Darian Clyburn (7.91).
The previous NAIA Indoor Championships record of 7.93 has been held by Virgil Mitchell of Doane, Nebraska since 2009.
The Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands native has had an outstanding collegiate debut season so far, also breaking the Appalachian American Conference (AAC) Championships 60m hurdles record (7.96) two weeks ago.
From the very first race, Brown made his mark on Milligan College track and field history. He became the first ‘Buffalo’ to dip below 8.00 seconds in the event when he clocked 7.93 in the prelims breaking the East Tennessee State University Invitational’s meet record (8.61).
He lowered the record to 7.88 winning the final and attaining the NAIA “A” standard.
The Clifton Hunter High School graduate has now gone sub-8 seconds six times this season and has been honoured with the AAC Athlete of the Week multiple times.