Events: 800M (IN: 1:56.76; OUT: 1:55.93), 1,500M (4:11.59), Mile (4:36.85)
Made four appearances for the Tigers during the outdoor season ... Member of LSU's third-place 4x800-meter relay team at the SEC Relays as he helped the team bag the bronze medal in the event with a timeof 7 minutes, 50.61 seconds ... Clocked a seasonal-best time of 1:58.95 in the 800 meters while finishing in 18th place at the Louisiana Classics ... Also placed 14th with a time of 1:59.23 at the Battle on the Bayou and 18th with a time of 2:01.54 in the B section at the Texas Relays ... Honored for his academic performance with a selection to the SEC Academic Honor Roll following the season.
Appeared in four meets during the outdoor season ... Ran a lifetime personal best of 1:55.93 in the 800 meters at the Battle on the Bayou, finishing in 24th place overall ... Opened the season by running 1:56.12 for sixth place at Miami's Hurricane Twilight ... Placed 14th in the B section at the LSU Alumni Gold with a time of 1:59.47 ... Ended the season by running 1:58.66 for 24th place overall at the LSU Invitational ... Did not compete for the Tigers during the indoor season.
Received a redshirt during his true freshman season with the Tigers in 2015 … Competed unattached during both the indoor and outdoor seasons … Ran a lifetime personal best of 1:56.76 in the 800 meters at the LSU Twilight during the indoor season … Also ran a seasonal best of 4:36.85 in the mile at the LSU Indoor Invitational in the team’s season opener … Followed outdoors by running top times of 1:58.32 in the 800 meters at the Battle on the Bayou and 4:11.59 in the 1,500 meters at the LSU Invitational.
PRIOR TO LSU
One of the most accomplished middle distance runners in the state of Louisiana for the Class of 2014 … A three-time Louisiana Division II indoor state champion during his prep career at St. Thomas Aquinas High School … Won back-to-back Louisiana Division II state titles in the 800 meters with winning times of 2:00.47 as a sophomore in 2012 and 2:01.82 as a junior in 2013 … Followed with a fourth-place finish in the 800 meters at the Division II state meet as a senior in 2014 … Helped lead St. Thomas Aquinas High School to a pair of Division II state titles in the relays with wins in the 4x800-meter relay in 2012 and 4x400-meter relay in 2014 … Also a three-time silver medalist and three-time bronze medalist at the Louisiana High School Athletics Association Division II Indoor State Championships during his prep career … Won a pair of Division II silver medals in 2012 with runner-up finishes in the 1,600 meters and 4x400 relay … Added a third state silver medal in 2014 with a runner-up finish in the 4x800 relay … Won back-to-back Louisiana Division II bronze medals in the 1,600 meters in 2013 and 2014, while also running on his team’s third-place 4x400-meter relay in 2013 … Capped his prep career by winning Louisiana Class 2A state bronze medals in the 800 meters (1:59.13) and 1,600 meters (4:48.76) in his final state meet outdoors in 2014 … Made his state championship debut as a freshman in 2011 during both the indoor and outdoor seasons … Earned a fourth-place finish in both the Division II final indoors and Class 2A final outdoors in the 1,600 meters at the state meet in 2011 … Added a seventh-place finish in the Class 2A final of the 3,200 meters in his first appearance at the LHSAA Outdoor State Championships as a freshman in 2011 … Set a previous lifetime PR of 1:57.71 in the 800 meters in a fourth-place finish at the Sugar Bowl Classic during the 2013 outdoor season … Dropped his PR to 1:57.28 in a third-place finish at the 2014 Sugar Bowl Classic … A standout cross country runner at St. Thomas Aquinas High School … Wrapped up his senior cross country season as the Class 2A state silver medalist after taking second place with a three-mile time of 17:01.68 at the 2013 LHSAA State Cross Country Championships in Natchitoches, La. … Also earned an eighth-place finish overall at the Class 2A state cross country meet as a junior in 2012 with a three-mile time of 16:23.94.
Full name is Thomas Francis Brocato … Born on May 23, 1996 … Parents are Fran and Rickie Brocato … Has one older sister, Megan … An honor student during his prep career at St. Thomas Aquinas High School … Maintained a 3.95 cumulative grade-point average and was a member of the National Honor Society during his high school career … Was an Ambassador for St. Thomas, as well as a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Southeast Louisiana Roadrunners while attending St. Thomas Aquinas High School … Majoring in electrical engineering.