EUGENE, Ore. — Findlay’s Tyler Brown, who just completed his freshman year at Eastern Michigan University, raced to a 45.74 time in the 400-meter dash on Sunday to win that event at the 2014 USA Track and Field Junior Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.
Brown’s time was reportedly the third-fastest in the world this season by a runner in the junior (20-under) ranks.
Ohio State’s Lamar Bruton (46.11) nipped Florida State’s Michael Cherry, Jr. (46.12) in a photo finish for second. Entering Sunday’s finals, Cherry was ranked No. 1 in the country and Brown No. 2 among junior-aged runners.
Sunday’s victory qualifies Brown to compete in the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Junior Championships to be held July 22-27, also in Eugene.
Brown, a 2013 Findlay High graduate, was a two-event state champion (400, high jump) for the Trojans and won both the indoor and outdoor 400-meter titles during the Mid-American Conference seasons. He was also on MAC-winning 1,600 and 400 relay teams, including EMU’s 1,600 outdoor team that earned second-team all-American honors after placing 13th in the NCAA Division I championships.