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Strong opening meet lands OC’s Brown an NCCAA honor

OC junior thrower Larry Brown has been named as the NCCAA's men's indoor track and field student-athlete of the week.
OC junior thrower Larry Brown has been named as the NCCAA's men's indoor track and field student-athlete of the week.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Dec. 11, 2012) – A pair of top-10 finishes in the opening meet of Oklahoma Christian’s indoor track and field season led to OC thrower Larry Brown being named Tuesday as the National Christian College Athletic Association’s student-athlete of the week.

Brown, a junior from Shelbyville, Ind., competed with other OC field- and multi-event student-athletes on Saturday in the Missouri Southern Early Bird Open in Joplin, Mo.

Brown finished sixth among 22 competitors in the weight throw with a mark of 48 feet, 11¾ inches and was 10th among 25 competitors in the shot put with a heave of 40 feet, 11 inches.

“Larry Brown has worked tirelessly to improve his strength and throwing technique,” said OC assistant coach Jeff Bennett, a former Olympian who works with OC’s field- and multi-event competitors. “That hard work is paying off with good results.”

Brown’s honor marked the third time an OC student-athlete has been named as a national track and field performer of the week. Middle-distance ace Silas Kisorio was named as the NAIA’s indoor track athlete of the week for the week of Feb. 7-13, 2011, while triple jumper Brandon Jackson took the NAIA’s outdoor field athlete of the week honor for March 12-18, 2012.

During the current academic year, eight OC student-athletes in seven sports (men’s soccer, women’s cross country, men’s tennis, men’s basketball, men’s track and field and men’s and women’s golf) have been named as a weekly NCCAA award winner a combined 10 times.

Brown was one of two OC student-athletes honored Tuesday by the NCCAA, along with Will Reinke, who received the weekly NCCAA award for men’s basketball. It’s the third time this academic year that multiple OC student-athletes have received national weekly honors from the NCCAA.