Brian Hamilton '99
Induction Class of 2007
A native of St. Andrew, Jamaica, Brian Hamilton competed in track and field at Binghamton from 1996-99. He earned his bachelor's degree in biology in 1999 and received his dental degree from Howard University in 2003.
A versatile athlete who competed in jumps and sprints, Hamilton stamped his legacy with one glorious performance on March 5, 1999. At the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship, held at the 60,000-seat RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Hamilton soared a school-record 24 feet-2 1/2 inches to capture the national title. His record-breaking jump ws more than two inches past his nearest competitor and gave him the distinction of becoming BU's first and only NCAA Division II champion.
Hamilton's feat was the culmination of a dramatic week, which began at the ECAC Championship. Down to his final jump without having reached the national qualifying standard, Hamilton exploded for a meet-record distance to capture the ECAC title and earn a berth to the NCAA Championship.
One year earlier, he achieved Division III All-America status both indoors and outdoors.
Hamilton placed fourth in the long jump at the NCAA indoor championship and was fifth outdoors, helping the men's team place eighth in the nation at each meet. Earlier that spring, Hamilton was state runnerup in the triple jump and ECAC champion in the long jump, helping Binghamton win team titles at both events.
In all, he was a three-time All-American, four-time conference champion, three-time state champion and graduated as the program's record-holder in the indoor and outdoor long jump.
Hamilton was named the University's "Athlete of the Year" in 1998-99.
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