Texas A&M freshman Donavan Brazier is back! The Michigan native made headlines in January when he ran 1:45.93 for 800m at his season opener, but suffered a back injury and dropped out at NCAA Indoors. However, the nineteen-year-old phenom proved he's back last night by running 1:45.07 to win his semifinal section at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The time is the second-fastest in U.S. history for a junior athlete. Jim Ryun set the U.S. junior record at 1:44.3 in 1966.
The time was also the fastest of the evening. Brandon McBride of Mississippi State advanced with the second-fastest time of the evening at 1:45.48.
"I just wanted to get 1:45 again because I haven't gotten it since indoor," he told FloTrack after the race. "It's been a rollercoaster ride. I had some bad meets in between but I started to pick it up when it matters: SECs, regionals and now nationals."
When asked if he was aiming for Ryun's record, Brazier had this to say: "I don't know anything about those records. I don't really care."
Watch the full interview below: