NEW ORLEANS, LA – Arkansas’ Janeek Brown was named a U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association National Athlete of the Week following a historic weekend at the National Relay Championships at John McDonnell Field this past weekend.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee. There stands the only name to top Janeek Brown’s performance this past weekend. Brown shattered the Arkansas program record in the 100-meter hurdles, a record she held, turning in a blistering 12.57 that currently leads the world in the event. Brown then returned to run a lifetime-best of 22.67 in the 200-meters, a time that is currently No. 2 in the NCAA and No. 3 in the world. The 100-meter hurdle/200-meter double was the second-fastest in the history of the sport trailing only Jackie Joyner-Kersee double from the 1988 outdoor season – a year she was a two-time gold medalist at the Summer Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.
The sophomore also ran a leg on the women’s 4×100-meter relay and the 100-meter shuttle hurdle relay helping her relay capture event titles in both.
This marks the first National Athlete of the Week honor for Brown and the first time that an Arkansas woman has earned the award during the outdoor season since 2015. The Razorbacks cleaned up four years ago with three honors: Sandi Morris won two, while Alex Gochenour won the other.
Brown and the sprint crew will remain home for this week’s Arkansas Twilight meet Friday, May 3 at John McDonnell Field