Brown among top CL sprinters in CL
In her senior season, Tyra Brown couldn’t have asked for better timing.
Brown was undefeated in the 100 and 200 meter events through the Roughies first three meets of the season. She attributed her success to probably being in the best track shape of her high school career, a fitting time for her and her teammates.
“I believe I am in the best shape I have been,” said Brown. “I lifted a lot during the offseason and ran much more than I have. It was much more intense than it has been over the past three years. I wanted to go out with a bang and do the very best that I can do.”
Brown’s best performance was a 12.74 in the 100 and a 27.44 in the 200, both against Southern Lehigh this year. She also is a key member of the team’s 400 relay team.
“Tyra (Brown) is one of the best sprinters in the league,” said head coach Kyle Rusnock. “She has a great work ethic and will improve in her times. She has won all of her races so far this season, and she certainly will win plenty more.”
Brown sees Rusnock, a first-year coach, as an energizer for herself and the program.
“Coach Rusnock brought a new workout program and really stressed a team atmosphere,” said Brown. “He is really motivating everyone. It has really helped all of us.”
Along with her sprints, Brown is part of the Roughies’ recently successful 400 relay team along with Kenzie Bradley and newcomers Maddy Emery and Amy Huber.
“We have been doing well with it,” said Brown of the relay team whose best time is 56.14 set during a meet at Wilson. “We just have to pick up our pace a bit and work on our handoffs.”
Brown set his sights on this season right after basketball season that ended in mid-February.
“We did a lot of running during basketball and that probably helped,” she said. “But right after the season, I knew I had to get to work. It was a matter of lifting and running.”
Brown, who has been a part of the relay team that went to states the past two years, has goals of excelling at the league and district meets to earn a spot at states in the 100 and 200.
“I really think I can do that if I push myself,” said Brown. “I want to get back to states with the relay team, but I really want to get there with my sprints.”
In the fall, Brown plans to enroll at Temple University to pursue a degree in journalism. She may entertain running track there.
“That’s a Division I school and it’s tough competition,” she said. “It would be awesome if I did it. Right now, though, I just have to try and do what I can.”
So far, Brown’s timing couldn’t have been better.