LSU Cross Country BIO
Dajour Braxton
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Dajour Braxton 2370447
Position: Cross Country
Height: 6'1"
Class: Junior
Experience: 2 Letters
City/State: Las Vegas, Nev.
High School: Centennial HS
Major: Undeclared
Born: 04/11/1997

2016 NCAA All-South Central Region
2015 SEC Men's Cross Country Freshman Runner of the Year

2015 SEC Men's Cross Country Freshman Runner of the Week
2015 LSWA Men's Cross Country Runner of the Year
2015 LSWA Men's Cross Country Freshman of the Year

2016
LSU's top finisher in all eight races during the 2016 season … Named to the NCAA All-South Central Region Team after finishing 11th at the NCAA South Central Regional in Fayetteville, Arkansas ... Was one spot shy of qualifying individually for the NCAA Championships … Clocked 30:48.50 on the 10k course at the Agri Park XC Course at the regional meet ... Also placed a team-best 36th at the SEC Championships while running 25:23.90 for 8k at the Agri Park XC Course ... Began sophomore campaign with a second-place relay finish at the McNeese State Relays with an 8k time of 25:23 ...  Then placed third individually in consecutive meets at the Rice Invitational (18:58.39, 6k), LSU Invitational (15:09.51, 5k) and Texas A&M Invitational (24:18.70) ... Honored by Louisiana Sports Writers Association with a First Team All-Louisiana selection ... Earned his second varsity letter.

2015
LSU's leading runner throughout the 2015 cross country season … Named the 2015 SEC Men's Cross Country Freshman Runner of the Year, the first in LSU cross country history … Also honored by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association as the Men's Runner of the Year and Freshman of the Year for his performance in 2015 … Set a personal-best 8k time at the SEC Championships with a time of 24:29.2 … Finished in the Top 50 at every meet of the season … Won the individual title at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Festival and LSU Invitational … Set a personal-best 5k time at the LSU Invitational clocking 15 minutes, 20.65 seconds and earned SEC Freshman Runner of the Week for his performance … Finished 12th at the Crimson Classic and was the first freshman to cross the finish line with a time of 24:34.18 … Placed in the Top 30 at the Chile Pepper Festival clocking 24:34.18 and finished 42nd with a time of 24:49.9 at the Texas A&M Invitational … Wrapped up his freshman campaign at the NCAA South Central Regional Championships where he clocked a 10k time of 31:13.9 for 28th place.

PRIOR TO LSU
Emerged as one of the nation's leading middle distance recruits in the Class of 2015 while competing for Centennial High School in Las Vegas, Nevada … Set personal bests of 1:53.31 in the 800 meters, 3:54.52 in the 1,500 meters and 4:07.79 in the mile during his senior season in 2015 … Twice crowned a Nevada Division 1 state champion during his senior season at Centennial High School … Won the state cross country title during the 2014 fall season with his winning run of 15 minutes, 34.20 seconds on the 5k course at the state meet … Also the divisional and regional cross country champion before winning a state title in his final high school cross country season … Followed during the track and field season outdoors by winning the Nevada Division I state title in the 1,600 meters with a winning time of 4:13.45 at the state meet … Also claimed a pair of state silver medals in the 800 meters (1:53.60) and 3,200 meters (9:33.80) during the 2015 outdoor season … Three times a Southern Regional champion in the 800 meters (1:54.34), 1,600 meters (4:09.71) and 3,200 meters (9:31.59) en route to the state meet … Posted his PR of 1:53.31 in winning the 800-meter title at the Las Vegas Track Classic … Was the second-fastest 800-meter runner in the state of Nevada for the 2015 season … Swept event titles at the Las Vegas Track Classic with a winning run of 4:10.61 in the 1,600 meters … Clocked a personal best of 3:54.52 in a fourth-place finish in the 1,500-meter final at the 2015 New Balance Outdoor Nationals held at North Carolina A&T University in Greensboro, North Carolina … Ended the 2015 season as the fastest 1,500-meter runner in the state of Nevada and the No. 24-ranked runner nationally in the event … Added a fourth-place finish in the mile at the New Balance Outdoor Nationals with a time of 4:11.94 in the final … Turned in his fastest mile performance in the qualifying round at the Mt. SAC Relays with a personal-best time of 4:07.79 … Followed with a run of 4:09.18 for second place in the mile final at the Mt. SAC Relays … Finished in eighth place in the high school mile at the 2015 Prefontaine Classic after running 4:10.58 at Oregon's Hayward Field … Placed fourth in both the 1,500 meters (3:56.09) and mile (4:13.03) at the 2015 Arcadia Invitational … Was first crowned a Nevada state champion during his sophomore season in 2013 with a victory in the 3,200 meters at the state meet, running 9:22.62 in the final … Also scored the state silver medal in the 1,600 meters (4:21.87) during his sophomore season … Medaled four times at the state championship meet as a junior at Centennial High School, placing third in cross country (16:28.00) in the 2013 fall season and second in each of the 800 meters (1:54.02), 1,600 meters (4:20.52) and 3,200 meters(9:42) on the track in the 2014 spring season … A four-time AAU National Junior Olympic Championships medalist during his prep career … Won two medals in his AAU Junior Olympics debut in the summer of 2013 with a silver medal in the 3,000 meters and bronze medal in the 1,500 meters (4:07.83) in his age group … Captured a pair of AAU Junior Olympics silver medals following his junior season in 2014 with runner-up finishes in both the 1,500 meters (3:58.41) and 3,000 meters (8:52.94) in the 17-18 age group.

PERSONAL
Full name is Dajour K'Juan Braxton … Born on April 11, 1997 … Parents are Demarcus Joseph, Sr. and Erica Joseph … Has three younger siblings, including Demarcus Joseph, Jr., Donavan Joseph and Dallas Joseph … Graduated from Centennial High School with a 3.5 weighted grade-point average … Honored by the English department at his high school as its Student of the Month … Currently undecided on a major.

 

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