Brown picks up first win of coaching career

After years of dominating on the track, Bahamian legendary sprinter Chris “The Fireman” Brown now knows how it feels to win as a coach.

He picked up the first meet victory of his coaching career as the man in charge of the athletics program at Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, USA. It was also the first victory in program history for the Clayton State Lakers. The Lakers, who compete out of the Peach Belt Conference (PBC) in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II athletics, finished on top of 10 other programs in the women’s team rankings at the Tiger Indoor Invitational in Sewanee, Tennessee, on Saturday.

They established quite a few program records and earned 111 points to easily out-distance second-place finisher Shorter University, who were second with 92 points. Host school, the University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, finished a distant fifth with 41 points.

In the men’s team rankings, Clayton State finished third with 74 points. The Reinhardt University Eagles won the men’s title with 110 points, Shorter University was second with 78 points, and Clayton State rounded out the top three with 74 points. Host school Sewanee finished eighth with 20 points.

For the women, Clayton State was led by senior Nia Elmore who broke a 12-year-old program record three times in the 55 meters (m) sprint, settling for a first-place time of 7.16 seconds in the final. She was also a member of the victorious 4x400m relay squad. Elmore re-wrote a program record 19 times in her career.

Also picking up wins were junior Na’ilah Allen in the 800m and senior Jasmine Radford in the 200m.

Brown will lead the Lakers into action on Saturday, February 22 when they travel to Columbia, South Carolina, to compete in the USC (University of South Carolina) Indoor Open.

Jump Line – Brown and the Lakers are scheduled to compete again on Saturday, February 22

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