Brown Wins Pac-10 800-Meter Title
May 15, 2005
WESTWOOD, Calif. - Washington sophomore Ryan Brown on Sunday captured a Pac-10 title in his first-career Pac-10 Championships final, winning the 800 meters in 1 minute, 47.31 seconds. Brown's win lifted Washington into fourth place after 11 of 19 events. A full recap including final team scores will be released Sunday evening following the conclusion of the meet's final event.
The conference's eighth-seeded runner entering the event, Brown remained in the middle of the pack through 600 meters, before angling outside and making his move to the front. The Renton High School graduate surged past USC's Raphael Asafo-Agyei and UCLA's Jon Rankin with less than 20 meters remaining, ultimately edging Rankin by just eight hundredths of a second.
Brown's win was the first by any Husky in the 800 meters at the Pac-10 meet since Mitch Leffler's conference title in 1982, while his time was the second-fastest ever at UW, bested only by Leffler's school-record 1:47.21 that same year. Just a sophomore, Brown is the youngest Husky to win a Pac-10 title since Ja'Warren Hooker in 1998.
A full recap of all UW action at the Pac-10 meet will be posted to GoHuskies.com shortly following the final race Sunday.