2014 Merritt College Alumnus and International Student Competing in Rio Olympics on August 13

Credit to Brock Drazen, Merritt College,  Head Coach-Track & Field/XC


Merritt College alumnus and International Student Kemarley Brown is competing on August 13 in this year’s summer Olympics in Rio.

Originally from Jamaica, Brown, who graduated in 2014, became state champion and set a national community college record in the 100m (9.93) in 2014, becoming the only community college track athlete in history to break the 10 second barrier with a wind legal time.

Coach Brock Drazen with Kemarley Brown

For the past six weeks he has been training under former Merritt College head coach in track & field/XC Brock Drazen.

“It was a surprise when he asked me if I could help him get back to form but it has been an exciting, unexpected 2nd chapter,” Drazen said.  “Kemarley will compete at the Rio Olympics in the 100m beginning on August 13 and I’ll be there as his coach.”

Drazen has been coaching Olympians at Merritt College since he first started there. He has worked with  the great 1972 Olympian sprinter and relay gold medalist Eddie Hart who assisted Nate Slaughter. He also sees Eugene Swift, 1996 Olympian and Merritt hurdles state champion, yearly during track season.

“I’m thrilled to bring Merritt back to the Olympics with Kemarley!” he said.

Check out a video of Kemarley Brown’s record 100m run at the 2014 CCCAA State Championship here

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