His star rising, Ohio State's Brown keeps rolling

Woodlawn grad won't rest on All-America laurels

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April 16, 2003|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Joel Brown has a lot going for him at Ohio State.

The former Woodlawn High national indoor 60-meter hurdles champion is an All-America track athlete in the Big Ten, and he isn't taking his once-in-a-lifetime ride for granted.

"The Big Ten defines the true meaning of college athletics," said Brown, who is a senior in the classroom but a junior in track eligibility for the No. 12 Buckeyes. "I was fortunate Ohio State gave me an opportunity to come here. When all this [track career] is over, I might just come back to Baltimore and be a coach."

Woodlawn track and field coach Mark Pryor might be the first person to greet him, followed by Brown's hurdles coaches, Mike Sye and Gerald Russell.

"I talk to Coach Pryor every day," Brown said. "He tells me what I need to do to keep being successful. I'm lifting weights now and that's helped me improve after having a lot of physical problems [stress fracture and shin splints] at times."

Brown has gained All-America status indoors and outdoors as a member of the Ohio State 1,600-meter relay teams, and in the indoor 60-meter hurdles.

This spring, the two-time outdoor All-Metro track performer has qualified for the NCAA regionals in the 100-meter hurdles (13.88 seconds), 110-meter hurdles (14.21) and the 200-meter dash (21.20).

Brown is expected to be in Philadelphia for the Penn Relays on April 24-25.

Saudek breaks mark

Tony Saudek (McDonogh) needed a little help from the elements, but the senior pole-vaulter still walked away last Saturday with a Wesleyan (Conn.) University school record that had stood for 37 years.

Saudek cleared 13 feet, 9 inches to break the outdoor record of 13-7 3/4 , but he accomplished the feat indoors because of inclement weather at the start of the scheduled outdoor meet (Elmer Swanson Invitational at Wesleyan). Still, the vault officially went down as an outdoor record since the meet was set for outdoors.

Pyzik, Matta help Wagner

Midfielders Jill Pyzik (North Carroll) and Leann Matta (Bel Air) have played leading roles in Wagner College's 4-2 lacrosse start in the Northeast Conference (5-7 overall).

Pyzik, a junior, leads the team in draw controls (37, third in the league), is fifth on the squad in scoring (17 goals, five assists for 22 points), has 24 ground balls and 16 caused turnovers. Matta, a sophomore, is fourth in scoring (20 goals, six assists for 26 points), has one game-winning goal, 25 ground balls and 10 caused turnovers.

The Seahawks' starting goaltender, junior London Jones (Bel Air), has a 9.83 goals-against average and a .485 save percentage. Freshman attack Darby Biggart (Spalding) has four goals, one assist, 10 ground balls and four draw controls, and sophomore midfielder Audra Groh (North County) has played in two games.

Et cetera

La Salle freshman guard Gary Neal (Calvert Hall) has been named the Atlantic 10 basketball Rookie of the Year and a member of the all-conference second team. He led the Explorers in scoring (18.7) and averaged 4.2 rebounds.

Cornell freshman attack/midfielder Allison Schindler (St. Paul's School for Girls) tied a school record with six assists in a 14-6 victory over Vanderbilt last week.

Two Baltimore-area seniors, Laura Fine (Friends) and Lauren Paul (McDonogh), have led the Franklin & Marshall lacrosse team to a 7-3 overall start, 5-1 in the Centennial Conference. Fine scored five goals and had two assists in a 17-5 victory over Washington College, raising her team-leading points total to 37 (18 goals, 19 assists). Paul had three goals and two assists, giving her 35 points (24 goals, 11 assists). In their four-year collegiate run, Paul (121 goals, 87 assists) and Fine (103 goals, 50 assists) have combined for 224 goals and 137 assists.

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