Memorial Day weekend turned out to be quite memorable for a future Penn State football player. http://www.scout.com/college/football/recruiting/story/1780967-psu-4-sta...
Journey Brown, a running back out of Meadville (Pa.) High who signed with James Franklin's PSU football program in February, set a state prep record in the 100-meter dash at the PIAA championships at Shippensburg University Saturday.
Brown blew away a strong AAA field by covering 100 meters in 10.43 seconds.
Now obviously, that is fast. But how fast? Well, read on for a little perspective:
• The previous 100-meter king in Pennsylvania was Leroy Burrell of Penn Wood, who clocked a 10.44 — in 1985. So the record Brown broke was on the books for more than three decades.
• Burrell would go on to set the world record in the 100 meters twice and to represent the United States in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. BTW, in a very classy gesture, Burrell — who is now the track coach at Houston — quickly congratulated Brown.
• According to the latest online records, only three men in the history of the Penn State track program have run faster than 10.43 in the 100 meters. Prior to Xavier Smith (10.35) and Malik Moffett (10.42) this year, only Mike Sands (10.34) had done it. That was back in 1975.
• The fastest 100 ever run by a Penn State football player moonlighting on the track team was by Michael Timpson in 1987 (10.47). And that was 4/100s slower than Brown’s PIAA mark. In fairness to Timpson, his best event was the 200, where he still owns the school record (20.23).
• Brown turned in his performance in less-than-ideal conditions, as it was raining at the time.
Despite the impressive performance at PIAAs — and the fact that he won back-to-back gold medals in the 100 meters — Brown’s primary sport at Penn State will be football. Though the possibility has been discussed, it has yet to be determined if he will also run track for the Nittany Lions.
Brown is a 5-foot-11, 190 pounder who rushed for 2,791 yards and 45 touchdowns during his senior season at Meadville. He rushed for a PIAA record 722 yards and 10 scores in a win over Dubois as a junior.
Brown will enroll at Penn State next month.