If you attend an Atlanta Braves baseball game, you might get a glimpse of "The Freeze" Nigel Talton as a member of the grounds crew before or throughout a home game. Talton has become a viral hit as "The Freeze" in a between-innings fan challenge. Fans receive a head start in a foul pole to foul pole race and take their shot to "Beat the Freeze."
"The Freeze" became a social media hit after the video of Friday's challenge was posted of Talton overtaking a fan who prematurely celebrated and fell face first into the warning track.
Nigel Talton attended Iowa Wesleyan University in 2009-2010 and was a standout member of the track and field team. He won the Midwest Collegiate Athletic Conference in the 100-meter dash and qualified for the NAIA Outdoor Championships in the 100 meter and 200-meter dash. Talton placed 14th in the 100-meter dash.
During his year with the Tigers, Talton made his way into the IW all-time record books in both indoor and outdoor seasons. He sits in fourth and fifth in the 55-meter dash and 200-meter dash respectively. Talton broke the 100-meter dash record in the outdoor season, which stood for 23 years before he clocked a 10.54 second run. Along with the 100-meter record, Talton's name appears in three other outdoor events. He is second in the 200-meter dash (22.66), seventh in the 400-meter dash (50.15), and is second and third in the 4×100 meter relay record (42.06 and 42.42).
Talton's speed and love of running made him the perfect candidate to be "The Freeze".
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