Brown comes up big during Penn Relays

Woodlawn alum wins 110-meter high hurdles

Track and field

April 30, 2006|By ELLIOTT DENMAN | ELLIOTT DENMAN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PHILADELPHIA -- A decisive victory in the men's Olympic Development 110-meter high hurdles yesterday at the 112th Penn Relays confirmed that Joel Brown is ready for big things in 2006.

The 26-year-old Woodlawn and Ohio State graduate, who won in 13.50 seconds before a crowd of 49,771, also knows there's a lot of work to do before he gets to the top.

"I wanted to work on a lot of technical things in my race," said Brown, who, at 5 feet 10 and 165 pounds, concedes considerable height and weight to his principal rivals.

"My turnover between the hurdles, that's a big key," he added. "I need to get good knee action [over the 10 42-inch barriers] and my feet turned over. They're the real big things in this event."

Brown was first out of the starting blocks and never challenged. Two-time Haiti Olympian Dudley Dorival ran second in 13.81.

While the collegiate track athletes, are moving into the major phase of their season, Brown's campaign on the domestic and international circuits is just beginning.

He opened his 2006 season last week at the Kansas Relays and warmed up for the individual hurdles at Penn by anchoring his World Express AC team to the Olympic Development division shuttle hurdles title on Friday.

"I have a big race next weekend in Kingston, Jamaica," Brown said. "This was an important tuneup for that one."

Then he'll point to the USA National Championships, which begin June 21 in Indianapolis, and the European circuit.

Maryland sophomore Dominic Berger, the 2006 Atlantic Coast Conference and 2005 Junior National champion, was sixth in the college final at 14.22.

James Carter, the hurdler from Mervo and Hampton University who was Brown's teammate on the 2005 World Championships team, had a big day, too.

He ran a 45.5-second 400-meter leg on the American team that ran a close second to the Kenya A team in the 4,000-meter distance medley race that was a feature of the USA vs. the World series.

UMBC's Keith Ransom, Andre Felton, Deleon Gray and Adam Grossman ran off with the IC4A men's 400-meter relay title in 41.19. Bowie State's Robert DeVaul soared 6 feet, 10 3/4 inches for fifth in the high jump.

Coppin State's Benjamin Assinor, Bryan Hubain, Jansen Archer and Nigel Leonce combined for a victory in their section of the men's 3,200 relay in 7:31.03.

Broadneck High's Matt Centrowitz, the surprise winner of the 3,000-meter title Friday, was named the Outstanding Boys High School Runner at the relays.

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