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May 4, 2004

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Joel Brown, a senior hurdler/sprinter on the Ohio State track and field team, was awarded by the Big Ten for a busy and successful weekend on the track at the Jesse Owens Classic last Friday and Saturday. The Baltimore native not only broke his own OSU record to win the 110-meter hurdles, but also clocked a season best in the 200-meter dash, took fourth in the 100 meters and ran a torrid anchor leg to boost the men’s 4×100-meter relay team to season-best mark after a shaky handoff in turn in three.

Brown’s winning time of 13.56 in the 110m hurdles Saturday bested his former mark if 13.58 set last season as the runner-up in the event at the 2004 NCAA Mideast Regional Championships. Later Saturday, Brown moved past his career best of 20.99 in the 200 meters to claim second place in a time of 20.74. Brown was defeated in the 200m by a Jesse Owens Stadium record 20.42, timed by Leshaunte Edwards of Roos Track Club. On Friday, Brown ran in the men’s 100-meter dash and raced to a time worthy of fourth place at 10.60.

The times posted by Brown in both the 110m hurdles and 200m stand among the best nationally as his hurdles mark ranks within the Top 3 in the country, while the 200m figure qualifies for a Top 10 standing. Both times rank atop the Big Ten performance lists. Brown also owns the second-best time in the 100-meter dash in conference action at 10.53, set April 3 at the Ohio State Relays.

The weekly honor is the second for Brown this season as he was awarded April 12 along with teammate Rosalind Goodwin. Overall, the Ohio State track and field team has won Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors a collective 13 times between the men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor seasons in 2004.