Ashley Brown Named Big 12 Track and Field Athlete of the Week

May 8, 2007


For the second time this year, junior Ashley Brown was named Big 12 Track and Field Athlete of the Week Tuesday. The Overton, Neb., junior set a new Kansas record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.31 seconds at the Arkansas Twilight on May 4.

The time represented the culmination of continually challenging the previous benchmark. At the 2007 Kansas Relays, Brown ran a 13.33, one one-hundredth of a second off the previous record set by Jennie Wonder at the 2002 NCAA Championships. Coming into the year, Brown had held a previous career-best time in the event of 13.82 seconds.

With her mark, she now sits third in the Big 12 Conference in the 100-meter hurdles as she and the Jayhawks prepare for the 2007 Big 12 Outdoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb., May 11-13. Brown also ranks first in the Big 12 Conference in the 400-meter hurdles with a season-best time of 58.48 seconds. That time stands one tenth of a second off the school record set by Dawn Steele-Slavens at the 1995 Big Eight Championships.

Brown is now a two-time KU record holder in hurdle events. During the 2007 indoor season, Brown shattered the school record in the 60-meter hurdles, running a time of 8.32 seconds. She also set a new Anschutz Pavilion record at the 2007 Jayhawk Invitational with a time of 8.48 seconds.

Brown was previously named Big 12 Female Co-Athlete of the Week on March 27, following her performances at the Tulsa Duels, where she won both the 100 and 400-meter hurdles. Brown becomes the fourth Kansas track and field student-athlete to be honored by the Big 12 Conference, joining Barrett Saunders, Colby Wissel and Kate Sultanova.