The best mid-distance runner in school history, Ryan Brown has returned to work with Head Coach Greg Metcalf and the mid-distance crew. Brown, who competed professionally for Asics, made Team USA for the 2009 World Track Championships in Berlin. He qualified for Worlds by placing third in the 800-meters at the 2009 U.S. Track Championships. Brown earned nine All-America honors during his Husky career and won two NCAA Championships at 800-meters. He owns the school records at 800-meters outdoors and indoors, and is part of the all-time top 4x400m relays outdoors and indoors.
Brown's Collegiate Career
2006-07: Capped off his historic career with a second-straight NCAA title in the 800-meters, this one coming at the 2007 NCAA Indoor Championships, which he won with an indoor school-record time of 1:48.40 ... became the first Husky to win multiple NCAA titles in a running event since Steve Anderson won two hurdles titles in 1929 and 1930 ... was undefeated indoors in the 800-meters, also winning the MPSF title ... ran on UW's distance medley relay that took fifth at NCAAs, earning another All-America honor ... outdoors, placed third at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, running 1:47.77 in the final, to earn his ninth and final All-America honor ... captured the Pac-10 Championship at 800-meters, running 1:47.51 in the final ... also ran to the top of the podium at West Regionals with a 1:49.65 ... his nine All-America honors are the second-most ever for a UW athlete, trailing only the 10 of Ja'Warren Hooker ... helped the 4x400-meter relay to a second-place finish at both Pac-10s and Regionals ... finished 10th on the UW career NCAA Outdoor scoring list with 16.25 points.
2005-06: The 2006 NCAA 800m champion ... was UW's first NCAA champion on the track since Ja'Warren Hooker (55m dash) in 1998 ... broke the UW record by nearly a full second with a time of 1:46.29 in the NCAA 800m final ... time was the seventh-fastest by a U.S. men's runner in 2006 ... returned hours later to lead UW's 4x400m relay to eighth, earning his second All-America honor of the day ... competed in the 800m at the 2006 USA Championships in Indianapolis, and was selected to represent Team USA at the 2006 NACAC Championships in the Dominican Republic ... captured four All-America honors in all during the 2006 season, equaling Hooker (1998) for the most-ever in one season by a UW male ... six career All-America honors equal the third-most ever for a Husky ... was an All-American indoors in both relays, leading the 4x400-meter squad to third, and distance medley relay to fifth ... was third in the 800m at both Pac-10s and Regionals ... led UW's 4x400m relay to a Regional win ... won the 800m at the MPSF Indoor Championships to lead UW to its first-ever team title ... in addition to school record at 800m outdoors, set school records in the 4x400m (3:07.03) and DMR (9:35.35) indoors ... also holds a share of UW's outdoor 4x400m record, set in 2005 ... ran just once in the fall, placing 63rd at the Sundodger Invite.
2004-05: Had an outstanding season after walking away from the sport in 2003-04 ... earned come-from-behind wins in both Pac-10 and NCAA West Regional 800m finals ... clocked a 1:47.31 in the Pac-10 final, nearly two seconds faster than his previous best and, at the time, UW's fastest since 1982 ... earned two All-America honors in 2005, becoming just the 15th UW male to do so ... was 10th in the 800m at NCAA Outdoors, and led UW's DMR to fifth at NCAA Indoors ... also ran on UW's 10th-place 4x400m at NCAA Outdoors ... led 4x400m relay to third at Pac-10s in a UW-record 3:03.85; and to third at Regionals ... broke UW's indoor 800m record with a time of 1:49.64 (since broken)... also cracked UW's all-time indoor top-10 in the 4x400m (3rd, 3:07.94) and DMR (3rd, 9:36.20; 9th, 9:51.36) ... did not compete in cross country.
2003-04: Sat out the 2003-04 season .. ran 1:51.06 for 800m at the Seattle International in June.
2002-03: Set a UW indoor freshman record of 1:50.97 at 800m, then-second-fastest all-time at UW ... also cracked UW's indoor top-10 in the 4x400m (6th, 3:12.42) and DMR (6th, 10:01.35) ... ran sparingly outdoors, with an 800m best of 1:54.49 at the Oregon Invite.
High School and Personal: Born in Baltimore ... parents are Karen Smith and Gary Colbert ... has two older siblings, Richard and Everette ... was undefeated at 800m as a senior, his first year competing in track and field ... swept league, district and state titles at 800m in 2002 ... state-winning time of 1:55.3 was a personal-best ... also ran on Renton's state champion 4x400-meter relay, helping the school to a fifth-place state finish ... took second in the 800m at the 2002 Pasco Invite, and helped the mile relay to seventh ... also lettered in swimming as a senior.
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