Brown Named SEC Field Athlete of the Week
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – For the second time this season junior All-American Eric Brown was named the Southeastern Conference Field Athlete of the Week after an outstanding performance in the javelin. On April 30 at the Penn Relays Brown became the first Arkansas athlete to capture the javelin title in the history of the 111-year old meet and his winning throw of 233-05 was more than 10 feet ahead of the second-place finisher.
“Eric (Brown) is really having a great season and this is a nice honor for him,” Arkansas field events coach Dick Booth said. “Hopefully he can keep his winning streak alive at the conference meet and continue to perform well. We’re excited to see what the rest of the season has in store for him.”
Brown’s victory at the historic Penn Relays was also his second-straight first-place finish. The Baldwin City, Kan., native is having fantastic season and has been the top collegiate finisher in every meet he has competed in.
At the Texas and Mt. SAC Relays he finished third and second, respectively, but it was behind a field of top professionals. At the John McDonnell Invitational on April 23, he broke his own school record with a toss of 248-05 for the win. Brown is also holding the nation’s second-best mark and is only trailing the leader by two centimeters.
The next competition for Brown will be the SEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Nashville, Tenn., on May 12-14. At last year’s meet he earned runner-up honors, but now he is primed to take the top spot in 2005 as he leads the conference by a little more than 16 feet.
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