Brown wins international javelin competition
In his first-ever international competition, Baldwin City's Eric Brown won the javelin competition at the North America Central America Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Track and Field Championships in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Friday through Sunday.
Brown, who will be a junior at the University of Arkansas this year, threw the javelin 239-4 to top the other American entry, Paul Pisano, by about nine feet. Just last month, Brown had thrown at the Olympic Trials, where he finished 12th.
The NACAC meet pits the top collegians between the ages of 20 and 23 from 28 countries. Brown was joined by two of his Razorback teammates, both of them runners. Arkansas won the NCAA title this year and Brown helped with a third-place finish with an Arkansas record throw of 246-3.
"It's a nice honor for them, especially to be the top two under 23," said Arkansas head coach John McDonnell. "It adds on to their already great seasons and it's the first time for all three of them to have the opportunity to represent the United States on an international level."
Brown, who attained All-America honors with his NCAA finish, was pleased about being named to the NACAC team.
"I'm excited about it and it will be a good experience," Brown said before the meet. "I've never been to an international meet like this. It will be fun and, hopefully, it will help next year as I get to travel to more big meets."
Brown was a two-time state javelin champion in Class 4A while competing for Baldwin High School. He graduated in 2002.