Lance Brooks '06, formerly of New Berlin, Ill., is one of only two Millikin alumni who have competed on a U. S. Olympic team.
A professional discus athlete, Brooks qualified for the 2012 Olympic team with a personal best throw of 65.15 meters on June 28 at the Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Ore. During the discus preliminaries in London on Aug. 6, Brooks finished 21st among 41 throwers. Although he did not qualify for the Olympic discus finals this year, Brooks plans to continue his training and vie for a spot on the U.S. team for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games.
A standout on the Big Blue track and field team, Brooks was named most valuable thrower in 2005 and 2006. He set the Millikin record for discus in May 2006 with a throw of 57.85 meters, breaking his own record. This is 9.13 meters farther than the next best throw, which was in 1996. Named co-captain of the track and field team in 2006, he was an outdoor track and field NCAA Division III All-American, placing fourth in the nation in discus that year.
He was the discus champion for the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin (CCIW) in both 2005 and 2006. He received all-CCIW honors at the conference meet all four years, placing first in 2005 and 2006, second in 2004 and fifth in 2003.
Also a four-year varsity letter winner on the Big Blue men's basketball team, Brooks was co-captain in 2005 and received the Senior Athletic Award for basketball in 2006.
After graduating with a degree in environmental science, he was honored with the 2006 Lindsay Medallion, which is presented annually to honor two outstanding Millikin student-athletes.
Brooks gives back to his sport and his alma mater by hosting an annual throwing clinic at Millikin; his fourth clinic was March 25.
He is a Master Mason of the Morrisonville Masonic Lodge No. 681 in Morrisonville, Ill. He was inducted into the New Berlin (Ill.) High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2001, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout in the Boy Scouts of America.
A graduate student in limnology (inland waters ecology) at the University of Colorado, Brooks has lived in Denver since 2007. He is a high school throwing coach (shot put and discus) and is also a construction worker.