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  • Throws
  • Junior
  • Mattoon, Ill. (Mattoon HS)


Shot Put: 46-2 - 2001 SEC Championships, Lexington, Ky.
Weight Throw: 56-'5.25 - 2001 SEC Championships, Lexington, Ky.
Discus: 134-0 - 2000 SEC Quad, Auburn, Ala.
Hammer Throw: 157-1 - 2000 SEC Tri-Meet, Gainesville, Fla.
Shot Put: 46-6.25 - 2002 Florida Relays, Gainesville, Fla.

2002 AS A JUNIOR: Best of 46'06.25 (Shot Put)...Competed in two meets (both outdoor)...Set a personal best in the shot put (46'06.25) at the Florida Relays.

2001 AS A SOPHOMORE: Bests of 56-1 (Weight Throw) and 46-2 (Shot Put)... Competed in eight meets (five indoors, three outdoors)... Finished 11th in the shot put at the SEC Championships... 8th and 11th in two shot put events at the Florida Relays...Sixth in the weight throw and eighth in the shot put at the SEC Championships, both with personal best distances... 10th in the shot and 11th in the weight throw at the Tyson Invitational... Set a new personal best in the weight throw at the Gator Invitational, finishing eighth... 12th in the shot put at the Gator Invitational... Third in the shot and fourth in the weight throw at the SEC Quad in Arkansas... Set a new personal best in the weight throw with a toss of 52-9.5, finishing fifth at the Florida Intercollegiates... finished fifth in the shot put at the Florida Intercollegiates.

2000 AS A FRESHMAN: Bests of 134-0 (Discus), 157-1 (Hammer Throw), 46-1.25 (Shot Put) (44-11.5 outdoors) and 51-2.75 (Weight Throw)... Competed in 11 meets (Five Indoors, Six Outdoors)... 14th in the SEC Outdoor Championships Shot Put, 40-11 (12.47m); 15th in the Hammer Throw, 155-7 (47.43m)... 11th in the Florida Relays Invitational Shot Put, 43-2.5 (13.17m); 18th in the collegiate Hammer, 151-4 (46.12m)... 13th in the SEC Indoor Championships Shot Put, 43-0.5 (13.12m); 18th in the Weight Throw, 47-0.75 (14.34m).

PRIOR TO FLORIDA: Has prep bests of 43-4 in the shot and 112-0 in the discus... Named Most Valuable Player sophomore, junior and senior years in both track and basketball... Holds Mattoon High shot put record at 43-4... Third place in the 1999 Illinois High School Association State Track Meet shot put (42-1)... Holds the Big 12 Conference shot put record at 42-7... Six-time Big 12 Conference shot put champion (indoors and out during sophomore, junior and senior years)... Also all-Big 12 basketball her senior year... Journal Gazette and Decatur Herald all-area basketball teams.

PERSONAL: Born Merilyn Lemaye Brown on March 20, 1981 in Brooksville, Fla.... Daughter of Lester and Deneece Brown... Has a brother Aaron and sister LaKimbre... Who's Who Among High School Students... Also considered Illinois State and Florida A&M.

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