Brown breaks own record
University of Arkansas junior Eric Brown broke his own school-record in the javelin with a mark of 248-05 to claim first place at the John McDonnell Invitational on Saturday.
Brown was already regionally qualified in the event with a measurement of 237-11 from the Mt. SAC Relays, but his performance Saturday improved his standing and was less than an inch from taking over the nation's top spot.
"It's always good to throw a personal best this early in the season," Brown said. "It's nice to keep the record and do it in front of a home crowd. I was glad that I threw more consistently today, because I had a couple bad throws during the first two meets."
On April 20th, Brown was one of two Razorbacks to be named the Southeastern Conference Athlete of the Week for track and field. The award was for their performances at thte Mt. SAC Relays in California.
Brown threw a season best 237-11 on his first attempt in the javelin and was the top collegiate finisher with a second place showing. Brown is leading the SEC and the NCAA Mideast Region with his measurement. It also marked the second-straight weekend that Brown was the top collegiate finisher at meets that included a field of top professionals.
Brown is a 2002 graduate of Baldwin High School, and is the son of Dan and Jill Brown of Baldwin City.