Fast, Faster...Fastest: Brianna Rollins' star is rising with speed

Brianna Rollins celebrates in front of Lolo Jones, right, as she wins the 100-meter hurdles at the U.S. Championships on Saturday. Photo by The Associated Press.

Brianna Rollins celebrates in front of Lolo Jones, right, as she wins the 100-meter hurdles at the U.S. Championships on Saturday. Photo by The Associated Press.

When Brianna Rollins sets up in the blocks, the first thing she does is 'clear her mind.'

"I just want to focus on running a great race," she says.

Was winning the ACC title in the 100-meter hurdles a 'great race?'

Or setting an NCAA record at the collegiate outdoors a 'greater race?'

Rollins enters pro career as NCAA, US champ

None

Then what would one call setting a new American record (12.26) at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships... 'The greatest?'

"I'm just so overwhelmed right now," she said right after breaking Gail Devers' record of 12.33 that was set in 2000.

Overwhelming is the fact that Rollins is still undefeated in all 20 of her high-hurdles races (including indoor) in 2013.

Next up for the recently turned pro is running for Team USA in August at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

The red-shirt junior, who will graduate from Clemson in December, signed with Stellar Athletics last week.

"Running for Clemson these last four years has been amazing," Rollins said. "I’ve grown and learned a lot. I had ups and downs earlier in my career, but this season was one of the greatest I have ever had."

Rollins will complete her collegiate career as a three-time NCAA Champion, having won the indoor 60 hurdles in 2011 and 2013, and the 2013 100 outdoor hurdles.

Rollins says she shocked even herself following her most recent NCAA title run

Her first thought crossing the finish line was "Yes! I won, finally outdoor national champion. And then I immediately just thanked God.

"I was surprised by my reaction celebrating., because I'm not usually one who shows a lot of celebration... but it was a dream come true."

What makes her run so fast? Growing up with six younger brothers in Miami could be a factor.

However, according to Rollins, speed alone is not what her secret to success is based on.

"I work on technique more than speed," she says. "It's like running on auto-pilot. Clearing that first hurdle sets up my momentum for the rest of the hurdles.

"My expectation now is to focus on what I have been doing, and make the World Championship team," she said.

"I’m very excited and look forward to the next chapter in my life."

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