Event: Shot Put (IN: 56-3; OUT: 54-7 ½), Discus (190-8)
2012 USA Junior Champion (Discus)
A welcomed addition to the LSU throws group as one of the elite freshmen in the NCAA throughout the 2012 season ... An NCAA Championships 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 feet, 8 inches 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, Ind. ... 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 feet, 7 inches 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, Calif. ... 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.
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 ... Majoring in sport administration.