Brown Clipped by 0.1 Seconds in NCAA 110 Hurdle Final

Berea, OH (5/29/10) – Junior Will Brown (Gloucester, NJ / Palmyra) broke the Montclair State record in the 110 meter hurdles at the NCAA Division III Championships, setting the new record by one-tenth of a second. Unfortunately for him that same margin proved to be the difference in being a national champion and a runner-up.

In that time it takes to snap your fingers (perhaps even less), Brown fell just short as he finished runner up in the event for the second consecutive season as he placed second at Baldwin Wallace College on Saturday. In perhaps one of the more anticipated finals in the entire meet, Brown was edged by Greenville College's Edgar Townsend for the second time this year in an NCAA final.

Brown broke Enrique Llanos' MSU record in the event as he blazed to a time of 14.15 seconds, breaking the old mark of 14.25 set during the 2002 season. But Townsend managed to run one-tenth better besting Brown for a sweep of the Division III hurdle finals. Back in March, Townsend edged out Brown to win the indoor championship.

Brown easily advanced to the finals of the event on Friday as he posted the second-fastest time in the nation. He recorded a time of 14.31 seconds finishing second in his own heat. Cory Beebe of Salisbury University registered a time of 14.27 for the top time in the field. In the second heat of the event, Townsend ran 14.14 however the times in that heat were wind-aided with a 2.7 m/s tailwind.

Brown was running at his best right now. After posting provisional times for the NCAAs throughout the season, Brown sent a message last week as he ran 14.36 (automatic qualifying time) at the Lions’ Last Chance Meet held at The College of New Jersey in Ewing.