Columbus, OH (3/12/11) - Senior Will Brown (Gloucester, NJ / Palmyra) is a national champion again!!!
Brown claimed his second national championship in three years as he won the 55 meter hurdles at the NCAA Division III Championships at Capital University's Capital Center on Saturday afternoon. Brown set a new track record with a time of 7.43 seconds in the timed final event.
Brown becomes the first MSU male athlete to win multiple indoor titles and the third overall as Sharon Lindo (400 meters) and Monique Riddick (shot put) accomplished the feat on the women's side. Brown also joins Lindo, Riddick, Dewayne Stevens and Amod Field as the only track and field athletes to win multiple NCAA titles overall. Stevens and Field won outdoor titles in the 400 meters and 400 meter hurdles. In fact, Montclair's last three male indoor national champions have come in the 55 meter hurdles - Brown in 2009 and 2011 and Enrique Llanos in 2002.
Brown, who was the national runner-up in 2010, had posted the fastest time during the trials on Friday setting a new track record with a time of 7.44 seconds. On Saturday he went 1/100th of a second lower to claim the national championship. The finals were contested in two heats with Brown taking part in the second. Kevin Janata of Nebraska Wesleyan put the time to beat on the board as he ran 7.54 seconds to capture the first race.
Brown then stepped to the line and by the third hurdle took the lead before dashing across the line in his time of 7.43 seconds, .4/100ths of a second off his school record time of 7.39 he ran in winning the 2009 championship.
"This was a very fast field," said Brown referring to his three competitors in the race. "I was shaky at the start, but I felt good."
Brown had not raced competitively since the CTC Championships on February 17 when he suffered a leg injury. "I've been hurt all season," Brown said. " But I got over that first hurdle fast and just worked really hard to finish strong."
Brown also earned his seventh All-American honor and fourth indoors. He has finished second in the 110 meter hurdles in each of the last two years at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships.