Though this was a season of ups and downs according to Darian Brown, junior thrower, it was definitely something to build on for next year.
His ultimate goal was to reach the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
This season, Brown was one of two Texas State track and field athletes to reach the NCAA Championship Finals. He finished 20th in the discus category with a throw of 54.55 meters, less than 10 feet short of becoming an All-American.
Brown modeled his game after the performances of Olympic athletes Gerd Kanter and John Powell. Brown researched and practiced Kanter’s technique. Kanter, an Estonian discus thrower, won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics and the bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics in London.
Powell, an American discus thrower, set the world record for discus throwing in 1975 and competed in multiple Olympic competitions. Brown and Powell are similar in size—smaller in stature than a typical discus thrower—which is why Brown looks up to him.
“Both have been a big part of my preparation and motivation as an athlete,” Brown said.
Brown attended Ellison High School, located in Killeen, Texas. He played football and basketball along with track and field. He had some collegiate interest in football before James Parman, former Texas State assistant throwing coach, brought him to San Marcos to visit the campus and athletic facilities. After that, Brown knew Texas State was where he wanted to be.
Parman noticed Brown during his senior year and intrigued by his athleticism and weight room numbers. Texas State offered him a scholarship for track and field.
Brown was named the Southland Conference Men’s Track and Field Freshman of the Year in 2012. Since arriving on campus, Brown has steadily improved as a thrower due to his strong work ethic.
When Brown was seven, he would help his father, Earick, landscape the yard instead of playing with his friends.
“At that time we knew that he had a special work ethic,” Earick said. “He was always working hard and at times we had to make him sit down and rest.”
Friends, family and coaches of Brown describe him as hardworking, dedicated, always driven and extremely competitive.
“Darian is one of the best vocal leaders on the team, and he provides experience,” Coach Dana Boone said. “Having both he and Allie Saunders reach the NCAA Outdoor Championships is a good step for the future and a building block for our program.”
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