A’Lexus Brannon (Beaumont, Texas) and Briana Nelson (Greenville, S.C.) pick up national awards and join the Horns in 2010.
AUSTIN, Texas – Incoming freshmen A’Lexus Brannon (Beaumont, Texas) and Briana Nelson (Greenville, S.C.) have been named the Gatorade Female Track and Field Athlete of the Year for their respective states for the 2009-10 season.
Brannon, a triple and long jumper who also runs the 100m hurdles, had a dominant senior year at Beaumont Ozen High School as she swept the two jumping events at the Texas Relays, the Texas Class 4A State Championship and most recently at the New Balance Nationals. Brannon also currently holds the top high school girls triple jump mark in the nation (42-0.75).
Nelson, a 400m sprinter out of South Carolina, most recently claimed her first national title after winning the quarter mile at the New Balance Nationals in 53.14. At the 2010 South Carolina High School AAA Championships, Nelson swept the 100m, 200m and 400m titles. She also held the top 200m and 400m times in South Carolina throughout the 2010 season.
Both Nelson and Brannon will join the Longhorns squad this coming fall.