Before Brandon Cachon heads off to UNC he will compete in one last meet, the Brooks PR Invitational in Seattle, Washington. The Barron Collier senior won the 3A state championship in the 400, anchored the 4x800m relay team, and was the 200m runner-up, helping his team to a runner-up trophy. Cachon wanted nothing more than to earn his ticket to Brooks PR by winning the 400m dash at Flo Golden South, but friend and competitor Tyrese Cooper stood in his way. However, he helped him to a SB 46.99 and the folks at Brooks took notice. We talked to Cachon about getting invited to this prestigious meet, his plans, and much more!
Flrunners.com: How did you get involved in the sport?
Brandon Cachon: I got involved in the sport from my parents and my high school track coach. They made sure I ran track my freshman year.
FLR: You were hoping to get the auto qualifier at Flo Golden South in the 400m dash, but finished second behind Tyrese Cooper. Your 46.99 was a season best in the event. When did you first learn that you were invited to the Brooks PR Invite and how did your react?
BC: I found out I was invited the day after Flo Golden South. I was very excited. It's something I've been working forward to all year long.
FLR: What does it mean to you?
BC: It means a lot to me. All the work I did this year is starting to pay off. Now, I have to go there and do great.
FLR: You've had a lot of success in a variety of events from the sprints to hurdles to the relays. What has been your most memorable race of your career?
BC: My favorite race was my sophomore year at states when I won the 300m hurdles. It really opened my eyes that I can be something in track.
FLR: What gets you hyped for a race?
BC: I like to listen to Future before I race. Get me in the zone and focused to run.
FLR: How has your training been leading up to Brooks PR?
BC: My training has been great. I've been getting a lot of speed work in. I feel great and believe I'm going to run really well.
FLR: What do you hope to achieve on Saturday?
BC: My goal is to go and run my race and PR. I know I can PR. There is no doubt in my mind.
FLR: Lastly, Brooks always does a great job with giving the athletes the full experience from the race, to the fun atmosphere with other athletes in Seattle. What are you looking forward to the most in addition the actual 400m dash?
BC: I'm most looking forward for the experience. It's going to be amazing.I'm really looking forward to the race though. I'm going to be racing some really fast guys and I know they will push me to PR.