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Rodney Brown
Position: Throws
Height: 6'0"
Class: Senior
Experience: 4 Letters
City/State: Chappell Hill, Texas
High School: Navasota HS
Major: Sport Administration
Born: 05/21/1993
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Rodney Brown Bio
Courtesy: LSUsports.net (@LSUsports)
Release: 06/29/2015

Events: Shot Put (IN: 58-9 ¼; OUT: 57-10 ½), Weight Throw (69-3 ¼), Discus (213-5)

All-American
2-time SEC Champion
3-time All-SEC
2015 USTFCCCA South Central Region Men’s Field Athlete of the Year

CAREER CAPSULE
Enjoyed one of the most prolific careers by a thrower in the history of the LSU Track & Field program from 2012-15 … Wrapped up his collegiate career as LSU’s school-record holder in the discus with a career-best throw of 213 feet, 5 inches set in defending his Penn Relays title in 2015 … Also the Penn Relays meet-record holder in the event with his career-best throw … Twice crowned the Penn Relays Champion in the event in 2014 and 2015, joining Alex Forst in 1999 and 2000 as the only two LSU Tigers to win two discus titles at the Penn Relays in meet history … Crowned the SEC Champion in the discus throw as a sophomore in 2013 and again as a senior in 2015 … Became the fifth two-time SEC discus champion in program history, joining Jack Torrance (1933, 1934), Herb Graves (1947, 1948), Ron Hernandez (1963, 1964) and John Nichols (1988, 1989, 1990, 1992) … Also earned All-America honors in the discus during his sophomore season in 2013 when he placed fourth nationally at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Oregon’s Hayward Field … Snapped a 15-year drought as LSU’s first All-American in the discus since Forst in 1998 … Also became the fifth discus All-American in program history, also joining the likes of Torrance (1933), Nichols (1988-90, 1992) and Simon Williams (1990, 1992) … Ended his career as the No. 4-ranked performer in the weight throw in school history with his career-best mark of 69-3 ¼ in the event … Graduated from LSU in May 2015 with his degree in sport administration.

2015
Ended his collegiate career with another historic season as a senior in 2015 … Voted the South Central Region Men’s Field Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association on the strength of his performance … Smashed his own LSU school record in the discus throw when he unleashed a career-best mark of 213-5 to defend his Penn Relays title … Eclipsed his previous school record of 212-2 set during the summer of 2014 … Also broke his own Penn Relays meet record of 210-10 he set in winning his first career Carnival title as a junior in 2014 … Joined Alex Forst in 1999 and 2000 as a back-to-back Penn Relays Champion in the discus … Ended the campaign as the No. 1-ranked collegian in the men’s discus for the 2015 season with his best of 213-5 … Honored as the SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week following his performance at the Penn Relays … Crowned the SEC Champion in the discus for the second time in his collegiate career after throwing a winning mark of 208-4 at the 2015 SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Mississippi State’s Mike Sanders Track Complex … Marked LSU’s 14th SEC-title-winning performance in the men’s discus competition … Brown became the fifth two-time SEC discus champion in program history with his victory, joining the likes of Jack Torrance (1933, 1934), Herb Graves (1947, 1948), Ron Hernandez (1963, 1964) and John Nichols (1988, 1989, 1990, 1992) … Won eight-straight discus titles through is win at the SEC Championships as he was also crowned event champion at the Louisiana Classics (207-11), Texas Relays (209-8), Battle on the Bayou (203-3), Jim Click Shootout (200-6), LSU Alumni Gold (208-3) and LSU Invitational (207-6) … Chosen as the SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week after his wins at the Louisiana Classics and Texas Relays to kick off the outdoor season … Ended his collegiate career with a ninth-place finish nationally in the discus final at the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Oregon’s Hayward Field … Threw a best of 191-5 in his series to place ninth overall at the NCAA Outdoor Championships … Qualified for the national semifinals for the third-straight season with a throw of 201-2 at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds held in Jacksonville, Florida … Threw 201-2 on his final throw of qualifying to go to the national semifinals with the second-best performance of the preliminary rounds … Enjoyed his best season throwing the weight indoors as he scored one point for the Tigers with an eighth-place finish at the SEC Indoor Championships held at Kentucky’s Nutter Field House … Posted a series-best mark of 64-10 ½ to score points in the weight throw for the first time in his collegiate career … Won the weight throw title at the New Mexico Classic with a personal-best mark of 69-3 ¼ to rank No. 4 on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the event … Raised his personal best in the weight throw by nearly eight feet over the course of the 2015 season … Also won the weight throw at the LSU High Performance Meet with a throw of 68-2 ¼ … Placed second at the Rod McCravy Memorial (68-6 ½) and LSU Twilight (68-1) and third at the LSU Indoor Invitational (63-9) and Auburn Indoor Invitational (63-7 ¾) in the event … Added a sixth-place finish at the Razorback Invitational with a throw of 58-0 ¼ … Earned a spot on Team USA going to the IAAF World Championships in Athletics with a fourth-place finish in the discus final at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships following the collegiate season … Threw 208-10 for fourth place at the USA Championships, earning his spot on Team USA going to the World Championships in Beijing as one of two throwers achieving the “A” qualifying standard with his seasonal best of 213-5 from the Penn Relays.

2014
Capped a historic junior season by earning a 10th-place finish nationally in the men’s discus throw at the NCAA Outdoor Championships held in Eugene, Oregon … Threw a series-best of 191-10 in qualifying to just miss earning a spot in the national final of the event … Advanced to the NCAA semifinals as the top performer at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Florida, throwing the top mark in the field at 207-10 at North Florida’s Hodges Stadium … An All-SEC performer in the discus for the second-straight season as he threw a series-best of 200-4 for a bronze-medal-winning third-place finish in defense of his SEC crown at the SEC Outdoor Championships held in Lexington, Kentucky … Smashed LSU’s 25-year-old school record in the men’s discus with his seasonal-best throw of 210-10 in winning the event title at the 120th Penn Relays … Broke the previous school record of 209-1 set by former NCAA Champion John Nichols during the 1989 season … Also broke the 18-year-old Penn Relays meet record of 210-0 set by Wake Forest’s Andy Bloom during the 1996 season … Was honored as the Penn Relays’ College Men’s Athlete of the Meet for Individual Events following his record-setting victory at the Penn Relays … Ended the 2014 collegiate season as the NCAA’s No. 4-ranked performer in the discus with his school record of 210-10 … Also won discus titles during the outdoor season at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational (203-0), LSU Alumni Gold (191-10) and LSU Invitational (207-10) … First set his personal best during the 2014 outdoor season with a throw of 206-5 in a fourth-place finish at the Texas Relays … Was named the SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week following his performance at the Texas Relays … Finished runner-up in the event at the Jim Mize Invitational (191-0) and Battle on the Bayou (200-5) … Threw the shot put just twice during the outdoor season, earning third-place finishes at the Hurricane Alumni Invitational (55-6 ¼) and LSU Invitational (52-6) … Competed primarily in the shot put during the indoor season … Earned a 16th-place finish at the SEC Indoor Championships with a put of 52-0 ¾ … Threw a lifetime personal best of 58-9 ¼ in a runner-up finish in the event at the Texas A&M Triangular … Also finished runner-up in the event at the Auburn Indoor Invitational with a season-opening mark of 57-4 ¼ … Finished in fifth place at the Aggie Invitational (57-2 ¾), sixth place at the New Mexico Team Invitational (56-3) and 11th place at the Tyson Invitational (54-8 ¼) while throwing the shot … Threw a seasonal best of 59-10 ½ for fourth place in the weight throw at the Auburn Indoor Invitational in LSU’s season opener … Followed the collegiate season by earning a ninth-place finish in the discus at the 2014 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Sacramento, California … Threw 192-6 in the second round en route to a ninth-place finish at the USA Outdoor Championships … Raised his own school record in the discus throw during the summer by winning the event title at 212-2 at the USATF Throws Initiative Test Meet held in Chula Vista, California, prior to the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

2013
Enjoyed a breakout sophomore season while earning All-America honors in the discus for the first time in his collegiate career … Opened his series at the NCAA Outdoor Championship with a throw of 199-4 to win the first flight of the discus … Earned a fourth-place finish in his first NCAA final in the discus with his opening throw of 199-4 at the national meet held in Eugene, Oregon … Snapped a 15-year drought as LSU’s first All-American in the discus since Alex Forst in 1998 … Also became just the fifth All-American in the discus in program history, also joining the likes of Jack Torrance (1933), John Nichols (1988-90, 1992) and Simon Williams (1990, 1992) … Advanced to his first national final after taking second place overall at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, North Carolina, with a qualifying mark of 192-5 … Crowned the SEC Champion in the discus throw with his winning mark of 203-1 at the SEC Outdoor Championships held in Columbia, Missouri … Became the 13th LSU Tiger to be crowned the SEC discus champion in the program’s history … Scored a total of 12 points for the Tigers at the SEC Outdoor Championships as he also threw a series-best of 57-8 ½ for a seventh-place finish in the shot put final … Won the shot put title in the college division at the 119th Penn Relays while throwing a lifetime PR of 57-10 ½ in the competition … Unleashed a personal best of 206-3 in the discus in a second-place finish at the 86th Clyde Littlefield Texas Relays, moving into the No. 2 spot on LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list in the event … Finished the season within three feet of John Nichols’ school record of 209-1 set during the 1989 season … Won discus titles at the Louisiana Classics (197-1), Battle on the Bayou (196-3) and LSU Relays (186-2) during the outdoor season … Also earned runner-up finishes with marks of 199-6 at UCLA’s Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational and 191-2 at the Penn Relays … Competed in the shot put and weight throw during the indoor season … Scored one point for the Tigers with an eighth-place finish in the shot put final at the SEC Indoor Championships after throwing a series-best of 56-5 ¼ … Threw 57-2 ¾ to finish in 16th place in the weight throw at the SEC Indoor Championships … Eclipsed the 60-foot mark in the weight throw for the first time in his career with a PR of 61-5 ½ in a second-place finish at the Texas A&M Triangular … Moved into the No. 9 spot on LSU’s all-time indoor performance list in the weight throw with his personal best of 61-5 ½ … Also won the shot put crown at the Texas A&M Triangular meet with a series-best mark of 54-9 ¼ … Threw an indoor PR of 57-5 in the shot put in a third-place finish at the LSU Twilight … Opened the indoor season with a fourth-place finish in the weight throw (59-11 ¼) and sixth-place finish in the shot put (55-0 ¾) at the Crimson Tide Indoor Opener … Also eclipsed 59 feet in the weight throw for third place at the LSU Twilight (59-9 ½) and fifth place at the Razorback Invitational (59-2) … Followed the collegiate season by competing in the discus throw at the 2013 USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa … Threw a series-best of 195-1 to take seventh place in his first USA Championships.

2012
A welcomed addition to the LSU throws group as one of the elite freshmen in the NCAA throughout the 2012 season … An NCAA Championship qualifier in the discus as one of the nation’s premier performers in the event … Was the No. 13-ranked discus thrower nationally at the start of the NCAA Championships with a personal record of 190-8 set in a runner-up finish at the Louisiana Classics in his outdoor debut … Was the No. 5-ranked mark on LSU’s all-time outdoor performance list in the event … Honored as the SEC Men’s Field Athlete of the Week following his season-opening performance at the Louisiana Classics … Also eclipsed the 190-foot mark in the discus with a throw of 190-3 for a fifth-place finish at the Texas Relays … Fouled out of the event in his first career appearance at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds … Earned runner-up finishes in the discus in consecutive appearances at the Battle on the Bayou (177-4), Arizona State Tri-Meet (183-4) and LSU Alumni Gold (181-8) during the outdoor season … Finished in third place overall in his debut at the Penn Relays (184-1) … Scored a total of five points for the Tigers with his performance in the shot put and discus at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at LSU’s Bernie Moore Track Stadium … Earned a sixth-place finish in the discus with a mark of 173-9 at the SEC Outdoor meet … Added two points with a seventh-place finish in the shot put after throwing an outdoor personal record of 54-7 ½ … Also scored two points with a seventh-place finish in the shot put at the SEC Indoor Championships with a previous indoor PR of 55-1 ½ … Wrapped up the indoor season by setting a lifetime PR of 56-3 in the shot put in a third-place finish at the LSU NCAA Indoor Qualifier … Won the shot put title during the Texas A&M Dual Meet (51-1 ½) during the indoor season … Took ninth place at the Tyson Invitational (53-3) … Followed the collegiate season with a record-setting performance in the discus at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships held in Bloomington, Indiana … Set a USA Junior Championships meet record in winning the gold medal in the 6-kg. discus with a mark of 206-9 … Shattered the previous USA Junior Championships record of 204-3 set by Mason Finley in 2009 … Represented the United States at the IAAF World Junior Championships held in Barcelona, Spain … Finished in 18th place at the World Junior Championships.

PRIOR TO LSU
One of the premier discus prospects in the country for the Class of 2011 … Was the nation’s No. 2-ranked discus thrower for his classification during the 2010 outdoor season … Set an impressive personal best of 198-7 in winning the discus title at the 2010 Willis Wildkat Relays during his junior season at Navasota High School … That mark was also the No. 9-ranked performance in the country among prep discus throwers in all classifications during the 2010 outdoor season … A two-time University Interscholastic League Class 3A state champion in the discus in 2010 and 2011 … Captured back-to-back state titles with winning throws of 174-8 in 2010 and 187-2 in 2011 at the UIL Texas Class 3A State Track & Field Championships … Also a back-to-back Texas Region 3-3A champion in both the shot put and discus during his junior and senior seasons … Won regional titles in his junior season with throws of 53-1 ¼ in the shot put and 171-5 in the discus … Defended both regional titles as a senior with throws of 58-3 ½ in the shot put and 172-3 in the discus … Won a silver medal in the young men’s division of the discus throw at the 2010 USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships held in Sacramento, California … Threw 185-5 on his sixth and final throw of the competition to move from third place to second place at the 2010 USATF National Junior Olympic Championships … Also competed in the shot put at the Junior Olympics during the 2010 season … Was the 2010 USATF Region 12 Junior Olympic Championships gold medalist in the shot put (48-9) and silver medalist in the discus (170-10) in qualifying for the national meet … Threw an impressive 191-7 to win the discus title at the Brenham Regional Qualifiers during his junior campaign … In addition to competing in track and field at Navasota High School, has also starred on the football field and in the weight room during his prep career … Played defensive end on the football team that advanced to the state quarterfinals in the fall of 2010 … An accomplished weight lifter who earned consecutive fourth-place finishes in the 220-pound weight class at the Texas state powerlifting meet in 2010 and 2011 … Lifted a total of 1,530 pounds at the Division 2 state meet in 2010, which is a sum of 570 pounds in the squat, 380 pounds in the bench press and 580 pounds in the dead lift … Improved while lifting 1,580 pounds during his senior season in 2011.

PERSONAL
Full name is Rodney Andrey Brown … Born on May 21, 1993 … Parents are Rodell and Jacqueline Brown … Comes from a large family with three brothers and three sisters … Graduated from LSU in May 2015 with his degree in sport administration.

 

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