Crowd, weather help Brown set new mark
Beautiful weather and many family and friends helped 2002 Baldwin High School graduate Eric Brown throw a new personal record at the Kansas Relays Friday evening.
Brown, a University of Arkansas senior, improved his school and personal record by launching the javelin 256-3. That throw placed him second behind Olympian and Kansas University graduate Scott Russell.
"I was very happy and this was the best day I've ever had," Brown said. "I was consistent and of course I PR'd. It was a great day and the weather was awesome. The fans were good and that was a big part of it."
Friday was Brown's first return to the KU relays since his senior year at BHS. It gave his family a chance to see him back home.
"It was really great," Jill Brown said of watching her son. "His meets are so far away, so we try to go to as many as we can, but it's tough. So this was great. There were a lot of Baldwin people here today."
E. Brown also loved having his family and friends watching him.
"My family is good about coming to my meets, but only a few of them can come," Brown said. "It's nice to have everybody here along with my friends. It's so much fun."
E. Brown was the first competitor to throw in the second flight of the event. He threw 75.34 meters on his first throw and 74.83 on his second attempt.
On his third throw, E. Brown launched his 256-3 (78.12 meters) throw and received thunderous applause from the crowd.
"I knew it would take a couple throws to get me going, because it's like that at every meet," E. Brown said. "My technique was good today, so by the time I got to that throw, I was ready and feeling good."
E. Brown also said the crowd helped him by clapping before he threw.
"That added 10 feet at least," E. Brown said. "It gets the rhythm going and gets you pumped up. It works every time."
J. Brown said her son threw very well, which made the day just perfect.
"He did very good," J. Brown said. "I think it's fun for him to come back in front of so many people and do that. He always loved the relays, so he was glad to come back. It was perfect."
Brown tossed the javelin three more times in finals, but never improved his mark. He finished second in the event to Russell.
E. Brown said his goal for the season is to keep improving.
"I want to keep moving up a bit and eventually travel a bit and go overseas," Brown said. "I am getting close."