Hometown: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Residence: College Station, Texas
College: Texas A&M Univesity
800m 1:43.55 (2016) AJR
Few athletes have risen to the top of their sport as quickly as Donavan Brazier has. In a single year, Brazier went from one of the nation’s top high school half milers to one of the world’s very best. In 2015, Donavan Brazier finished his senior year as Michigan’s high school state champion at 800 meters. Less than eight months later, Brazier opened his 2016 track season by breaking the US junior record for the indoor 800m.
In his outdoor campaign, Donavan finished third at the SEC Championships and just qualifying for the final would have been an accomplishment for the 19 year-old college freshman. After setting a new lifetime best in the semi-finals, Donavan ran away with the NCAA final, winning by nearly a second. His winning time of 1:43.55 broke Jim Ryun’s NCAA and American Under-20 records, set 50 years ago to the day. With his record run, Donavan announced himself as one of the most exciting and talented young middle distance stars in the world.