Star Cayman hurdler heads to U.S. college

Rasheem Brown, a finalist in the 110m hurdles for the Cayman Islands at last year’s IAAF World U18 Championships, is set to begin his collegiate career with Milligan College in Tennessee.

The school confirmed this week that it had added Brown to its track and field roster in time for the indoor season.

Brown, who turns 18 in March, ran a personal best time of 13.61 seconds at the 2016 World U18 Championships in Kenya last July. Considered among the favourites heading into the final, he battled through illness for a sixth-place finish. He also won a silver medal at the Flow CARIFTA Games in Curacao last April.

“His athletic resume speaks for itself,” said Milligan College head coach Chris Layne on the school’s website. “But the more we were able to get to know Rasheem and his family, it became very apparent he was going to be a great fit for Milligan College off the track as well.”

Rasheem Brown

In a post on the school’s website, Brown said he chose Milligan College to accomplish his long-term goals in athletics and academics. “I look forward to developing new relationships and contributing to the culture of the school,” said the young hurdler, who is also expected to compete in flat sprints.

One of Cayman’s most decorated athletes, Kareem Streete-Thompson, described Brown as having a bright future. “More than anything else, I love his commitment to his event. The 110 hurdles are extremely technical and require attention to detail.”

Also weighing in was Ronald Forbes, the Cayman Islands national record holder in the 110m hurdles.

“From what I’ve seen, he was way further ahead than I ever was when I was his age,” Forbes said in a recent interview with “For him to be doing that good at that age, it shows the talent that he has. If he continues to go on the path that he’s going, the future looks definitely bright for that young man.”

Forbes said Brown just needs to have the mindset that his best race is yet to come, while pushing forward toward that goal.


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