Archive for Thursday, July 22, 2004

Brown finishes in 19th spot at Olympic trial

July 22, 2004

Baldwin City's Eric Brown finished as the No. 19 thrower in the javelin competition at last week's Olympic trials in Sacramento, Calif.

The 2002 Baldwin High School graduate, who now attends the University of Arkansas, threw 218-7 to finish 19th on Thursday. He didn't advance to Saturday's finals.

"It turned out really well," said Brown of his Olympic experience. "It was a good time. I had never been in that kind of atmosphere.

"It didn't quite go as well as planned," he said. "I didn't feel nervous. I just couldn't figure it out. It just didn't quite fly like it should have."

Brown entered the competition as the No. 12-ranked thrower. He set the Arkansas record this year at 246-3 when he finished third at the NCAA tournament. The Razorbacks won the national title.

Although the Olympic trial didn't produce better results, he said he'll never forget it.

"Exactly," Brown said. "It was quite an experience."

More than 20 members of the Brown family attended the trials.

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