Alena Brooks  
Alena Brooks

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Diego Martin, Trinidad

High School:
Diego Martin Gov't Secondary

Position:
Mid-Distance

Birthdate:
11/14/1991

Experience:
5 Letters


08/07/2014

Two Gophers Race at Commonwealth Games

Te'Shon Adderley and Alena Brooks each ran the 800m in Glasgow, Scotland

07/29/2014

Adderley, Brooks Set for Commonwealth Games

Two Gopher alums are set to compete in Glasgow, Scotland, this week

07/23/2014

Gophers Lead NCAA with 21 USTFCCCA Honorees

Minnesota has 21 All-Academic honorees, the most among NCAA Division I women's teams

05/28/2014

Big Ten Honors 37 Gophers for Academics

Alena Brooks and Cassy Opitz are among those honored for perfect GPAs

05/18/2014

Three Gophers Earn B1G Runner-Up Finishes

Stanford, Herauf and Murphy lead Minnesota at Big Ten championships

Career Highlights: Set the school record in the indoor 600m (1:26.73) in 2014 and outdoor 400m (53.55) in 2011 • ran on school-record 4x400m relay teams both indoor (3:36.67, 2014) and outdoor (3:38.03, 2011) • All-American in the 800m in 2014•All-Big Ten Frist Team in 2014 and All-Big Ten Second Team in 2010 • three-time NCAA West Prelims competitor • ranks second in school history in the indoor and outdoor 800m and third in the indoor 400m • ran the second leg of Trinidad and Tobago's second-place 4x400m relay at the 2012 NACAC U23 Championships • three-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

2014 Season - Indoor: Named All-American and All-Big Ten first team honoree • finished seventh in the 800m (2:08.31) at the NCAA championships • Big Ten champion in the 600m in a school-record 1:26.73 • finished the indoor season as the second-ranked Gopher all-time in the 800m (2:04.90) • ran the team's five fastest 800m times of the season • ran on school-record 4x400m relay team that took third at the Big Ten championship in 3:36.67 • ran on second-fastest all-time Gopher 4x400m relay team that finished first at Bill Bergan Invite in 3:38.10 • ran 800m leg on Gophers' all-time fifth-best distance medley relay team that took second at Iowa State Classic (11:12.85) • ran 800m leg on fourth-place distance medley relay team at Big Tens (11:23.50) • USTFCCCA All-Academic honoree.

2014 Season - Outdoor: Did not compete.

2013 Season - Indoor: Placed fifth in the 600m at the Big Ten Championships with a season-best time of 1:30.44 • anchored the fourth-place 4x400m relay team that posted the second-fastest time in school history (3:40.99) • also part of the fourth-place distance medley, Minnesota's eighth-best of all time (11:17.94) • earned Big Ten Track Athlete of the Week honors after she finished second in the 800m at the Meyo Invitational with Minnesota's second-fastest time ever (2:06.24) • won the 800m at the Bison Classic • won the 600m at the Jack Johnson Classic • ran the 400m at the Iowa State Classic with the Gophers' fastest race of the season (55.06) • part of the winning distance medley relay at the Meyo Invitational.

2013 Season - Outdoor: Finished 15th in the 800m at the NCAA West Preliminary Round (2:06.25) • placed fourth at the Big Ten Championships (2:09.70) • ran the second-best 800m time in school history to finish second at the Alabama Invite (2:05.82) • won the 400m at the Arkansas Invite (55.34) • season-best 400m was 54.14 at LSU • also a member of the Gophers' 4x400m relay and Drake Relays-winning distance medley relay.

2012 Season - Indoor: Did not compete.

2012 Season - Outdoor: Returned to the track with a third-place finish in the 400m at the Bulldog Invitational (54.08) • NCAA regional qualifier in the 400m and 4x400m relay • anchored the 4x400m relay team that placed seventh at the Big Ten Championships with the fourth-best time in Minnesota history (3:38.85) • also competed in the 400m at the Big Ten meet • placed fourth in the 400m at the Steve Scott Invitational (55.01) • led off second-place 4x400m at the Bulldog Invitational (3:39.22).

2011 Season - Indoor: Won the Minnesota Open in the 400m with a time of 55:30 • sprinted to a second place finish at the Meyo Invite clocking in at 54.51 • came in third at the Big Ten championships after finishing with a time of 55:04 • took third at the Jack Johnson Classic in the 600m with a time of 1:30.68 • anchored the 4x400m relay team that took first at the Minnesota Open with a time of 3:51.65 • also anchored the relay team that finished third at the Iowa State Classic with a time of 3:43.41 • ran the second leg in the Distance Medley Relay at the Meyo Invite (11:12.34) that took second overall.

2011 Season - Outdoor: Set the school record in the 400m with a time of 53.55 at the Jim Click Shootout • anchored the 4x400m relay team that set a new school record (3:38.03) at the Big Ten Outdoor Championships • ran a season best time of 24.96 in the 200m at the Mesa Classic • ran the fourth leg of the 4x100m relay team that finished third at the Big Ten Championships • had a season best time of 2:08.18 in the 800m at the Sun Angel Classic.

2010 Season - Indoor: Earned All-Big Ten Second Team honors in both the 600m and the distance medley relay • Big Ten runner-up in the 600m (1:29.26) • ran the third leg of the second-place DMR at Big Ten meet • also anchored Gophers' fifth-place 4x400m relay • DMR ran two NCAA provisional times, topped by a winning time of 11:15.70 at Meyo Invitational • competed in four meets • top time in 800m was 2:10.65 at Iowa State Classic.

2010 Season - Outdoor: Competed in six meets • NCAA West Prelim competitor in the 800m (2:10.85, 37th) • placed ninth in 800m at the Big Ten Championships • clocked season-best time in the prelims (2:09.39) • ran third leg of the 4x400m relay that placed fifth in Big Ten meet • ran second leg in Drake Relays champion 4x800m relay • ran third leg on spring medley relay that set school record (3:54.99) at Drake • varsity letterwinner.

International: Captured silver medals in the 800m (2:08.97) and 4x400m relay for Trinidad & Tobago at the 2010 Carifta Games • represented Trinidad & Tobago at the 2009 Pan-American games • finished seventh in the 800m (2:12.21), with a faster time (2:10.38) in prelims • also competed in the 4x400m relay.

High School: A 2008 graduate of Diego Martin Gov't Secondary • member of the Memphis Pioneer Track and Field Club • played netball (captain), basketball, and cricket.

Personal: Born November 14, 1991 • kinesiology major • daughter of John Brooks • has siblings Nicole, Alicia and Anthony.

Brooks' Indoor Career Bests (2014 Final)
Event Mark (All-Time Rank) Meet (Date)
200m 24.94 Jack Johnson Classic (1/22/11)
400m 54.51 (AT-3rd) Meyo Invitational (2/4/11)
600m 1:26.73 (AT-1st) Big Tens (2/28-3/1/14)
800m 2:04.90 (AT-2nd) Iowa State Classic (2/14-15/14)
Brooks' Outdoor Career Bests (2014 Final)
Event Mark (All-Time Rank) Meet (Date)
200m 24.96 Mesa Classic (4/8/11)
400m 53.55 (AT-1st) Jim Click Shootout (4/2/11)
800m 2:05.82 (AT-2nd) Alabama Invite (4/6/13)