Clay, Bryan Ezra Tsmoru
- Adam R. Hornbuckle
was born in Austin, Texas, the oldest of two sons of Greg Clay, an African American, and Michele Ishimoto, a Japanese-born immigrant to the United States. After Clay’s parents divorced when he was in elementary school, his mother moved Bryan and his brother, Nicolas, to Kaneohi, Hawaii, where she had family. At James B. Casile High School in Kaneohi, Clay joined the track and field team and became very skilled at a range of events.
After graduating high school in 1998, Clay enrolled at Azusa Pacific University, an evangelical Christian school, near Los Angeles, California. In 1999 he finished second in the 55 meters third in the long jump and fifth in the 55 meter high hurdles at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics NAIA Indoor Championships That year Clay began competing in the decathlon a ten event competition held over two days consisting of the 100 meters ...