Alena Brooks
Alena  Brooks


Diego Martin, Trinidad

High School:
Diego Martin Gov't Secondary



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Minnesota Heads to Big Ten Championships

The Gophers finished fourth at the indoor Big Ten meet a year ago


Gophers to Host Jack Johnson Classic

The Gophers are in action at the University of Minnesota Fieldhouse Friday and Saturday


Gophers to Begin 2015 with Minnesota Open

The Gophers host the Minnesota Open at the U of M Fieldhouse this Saturday


Two Gophers Race at Commonwealth Games

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


Adderley, Brooks Set for Commonwealth Games

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


NCAA West Preliminary Round

Photos by Becky Miller

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)


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