EUGENE, Ore. — Findlay High School graduate Tyler Brown is a world champion.
After finishing eighth in the men’s 400 earlier in the week, Brown earned a spot atop the awards stand by helping the United State’s 1,600 relay team win a gold medal at the IAAF Junior World Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field on Sunday.
Brown, who is heading into his sophomore season at Eastern Michigan University, ran the second leg of the relay.
Brown took the baton from Josephus Lyles in second place behind the team from Jamaica and quickly took the lead. Brown maintained his lead and getting the baton to teammate Ricky Morgan with a 46.81 second split.
Morgan also maintained a slim lead over the Jamaicans and Michael Cherry brought the across the finish line in first place in a time of 3:03.31, eight-tenths of a second ahead of second-place Japan.
For Brown, an OHSAA Division I state champion in the 400 and high jump and second-place finisher in the long jump for Findlay High School in 2013, getting a gold medal and another placement in his first international meet was quite an accomplishment.
“This year is the first year I have ever gone to an out of state, national-level meet or anything involving America as a whole. Just as I showed that people don’t always make it as far as they are anticipated to be, we all have our downfalls,” Brown told USA Track and Field after Thursday’s eighth place finish in the 400.
“Luckily, I am able to learn from it, and I’m going to apply it for the rest of my season coming up as my sophomore year. For the 4×4, I’m going to everything I can to redeem myself. I’m not going to disappoint. I’m going to leave it all on the track — everything I have.”
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