Brauman to Coach at Pan-American Junior Champi
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas sprints and hurdles coach, Lance Brauman, has earned the distinction of being the sprints and hurdles coach for the Pan-American Junior Championships in Athletics and will travel to Bridgetown, Barbados July 16-20, to begin his coaching duties.
The Pan-American Junior Championships are for elite athletes that are no older than 19-years of age. Brauman will help guide the 25-member USA team against 45 other teams representing countries from all over the world. The USA is among four other countries, including Canada, Jamaica and Mexico that will field the highest quota of 25 athletes.
“Being able to coach at this event is a great opportunity,” Brauman said. “I’m really looking forward to it, since it’s my first USA staff appointment. It’s also a great location and there will be some really good competition.”
The 2003 season was Brauman’s first year as an assistant coach to John McDonnell’s 38-time national championship track and field program. He has proved to be successful in his inaugural year as he led junior hurdler Michael Thomas and sophomore sprinter Ahmad Carroll to record-breaking seasons as the duo earned a combined three All-America honors during the indoor and outdoor track seasons.
Thomas broke his own school record in the 60-meter hurdles at the NCAA Indoor Championships as he crossed the line in fourth with a time of 7.64. Carroll also broke his own school record in the 60-meter dash at the Tyson Invitational (6.67). He then went on to become the first football letterman since 1948 to score points at the NCAA Outdoor Championships when he came in seventh (10.46) and eighth (21.48) in the 100 and 200-meter dashes, respectively.
In addition to the All-America accolades earned, three of Brauman’s athletes garnered a total of eight All-Southeastern Conference honors through the indoor and outdoor track seasons.
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