Brisco wins bronze at international meet

Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS Baton Rouge High's Mikiah Brisco, center, clears the last hurdle ahead of Woodlawn's Stevie Woods, left, and St. Joseph's Victoria Gough  to win the 100-meter hurdles at the Class 5A, Region 2 track meet in April. Brisco won a bronze medal at the IAAF World Youth Championships on Thursday in Donetsk, Ukraine. Show caption
Advocate file photo by PATRICK DENNIS Baton Rouge High's Mikiah Brisco, center, clears the last hurdle ahead of Woodlawn's Stevie Woods, left, and St. Joseph's Victoria Gough to win the 100-meter hurdles at the Class 5A, Region 2 track meet in April. Brisco won a bronze medal at the IAAF World Youth Championships on Thursday in Donetsk, Ukraine.

DONETSK, Ukraine — Baton Rouge High track standout Mikiah Brisco placed third, winning the bronze medal in a record-setting 100-meter hurdles final at the IAAF World Youth Championships on Thursday.

The BRHS senior-to-be ran a personal-best of 13.29 seconds while representing the United States in the final, more than half a second better than her previous best.

“The experience was truly amazing, and I’m so blessed,” Brisco said in a text message. “I didn’t think my time would drop from 13.74 (before meet) to 13.29. Words can’t describe my feelings right now. All the glory goes to God.”

Jamaica’s Yanique Thompson won the race in a world youth record time of 12.94. Team USA’s Dior Hall was second in 13.01 and set an American youth record.

The bronze medal finish caps an impressive 2012-13 season for Brisco, who led Baton Rouge High to the Class 5A outdoor track title in the spring by winning the 100 hurdles and 100 and 200 meters. She broke a 15-year-old mark in that meet by winning the 100 hurdles in 13.87.

Last month, Brisco won the 100 meters at the prestigious Golden West Invitational in Berkley, Calif. She also was selected as the Gatorade Girls Track Athlete of the Year for Louisiana.