FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas senior Eric Brown is certainly proving worthy of his No. 1 national ranking in the javelin. For the second-consecutive week, Brown outclassed the field with a throw of 238-06 to win the javelin at the Mt. SAC Relays late Friday night at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif.
The reining Southeastern Conference Field Athlete of the Week has now won in both javelin competitions he has competed in this spring. Brown is ranked No. 1 in the javelin by Trackwire.com and his winning mark of 245-10 at the Texas Relays last weekend ranks as the best throw in the country this season.
Brown, a Baldwin City, Kan. native, will compete at the Kansas Relays in Lawrence, Kan. next weekend. Although the rest of the Arkansas squad will be at the TCU Invitational in Fort Worth, Texas, McDonnell gave Brown special permission to compete close to home in his final collegiate outdoor season.
“Eric continues to have an outstanding senior season,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “He has come out of the gates performing extremely well. Next weekend, he will get an opportunity for a homecoming at the Kansas Relays. It will be a special opportunity for him and a fitting reward for a quality young man.”
Junior Brian Roe added another regional qualifying time to the Razorback coffers in the 1,500-meter run. Roe finished eighth in his heat and 13th overall with a regional qualifying time of 3:47.03. It was the second-straight year that Roe earned a regional time at the Mt. SAC Relays. Last spring, the West Plains, Mo., qualified for the 800-meter run at the same meet. Senior Seth Summerside finished sixth in his 1,500-meter heat, but failed to gain a regional qualifying time. Summerside crossed the finish line in 3:48.13 and finished 14th overall.
Seniors Brad Dittoe and David Wittenmyer competed in the 400-meter hurdles on Friday. Dittoe (53.58) and Wittenmyer (54.30) finished second and third, respectively in their heat. Dittoe’s time was the fifth-best in the field while Wittenmyer’s clip was the 11th-best clip.
Freshman Daniel Quinn earned a second-place finish in the long jump competition. Quinn was the top collegiate finisher in the event with a leap of 22-7 ¼. Fellow freshman Brent Rosson captured third in Friday’s university high jump. Rosson cleared the winning height of 6-6 ¾, but finished tied for third based on misses.