Today, we salute Stephon Brown of Central Dauphin East.
Brown was a key performer on the Panthers' strong squads over the past few years. He was apart of CD East's state championship winning 4x200 meter relay team from this past indoor season. Outdoors, he was the third leg on East's 4x100 meter relay that took second at states and ran a PA No. 2 all-time time in the event.
Individually, he was a force in the 400 meters. Frequently running the open 400 after the 4x1, Brown still ran well over the quarter mile distance. He was second at the PIAA State Championships in the 400 meters in Class AAA. He ran a PR of 47.47 to win the Mid-Penn Conference title, a time that was the fastest time of the season by any PA boy.
Headed for Shippensburg University in the fall, Brown reflected on his career for PennTrackXC.
Throughout the end of June and through July we we be honoring our graduating seniors. To submit your own questionnaire to be posted on the front page of PennTrackXC, check out this page and email your responses to Dan Beck (firstname.lastname@example.org).
What was your most memorable race/competition?
My most memorable race was becoming US #1 in the 4x200 during the indoor season. This is what really put our team on the map and from that race, we became the runners we are.
Where did you face your biggest competition?
I faced the most competition at nationals. The reason I say this is because it's a different energy at nationals than it is competing in your own state because everybody is there for a reason so if you don't do something to stand out, you will just be another person people don't really pay attention to.
Out of all of your high school accomplishments, which stands out the most?
The accomplishment that stood out the most was when I ran my 47.47 in the 400. I ran this right after running the 4x100 so it should that I was strong because I usually only had a 5-10 minute break between the two races showing me that I am a strong runner because not a lot of 400 runners run the 4x100 because it's not natural.
What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
The most difficult obstacles I faced was making sure I was a factor in the relay for my team but also being able to focus on myself. Being able to make sure I was at the top of my game for each relay I competed in was crucial for my team but also making sure I didn't burn out so I could run other races was something I definitely need to adjust to make sure I didn't embarrass myself in my open races.
What will you miss the most?
I will miss competing with my teammates the most and the practices we had because if you know our team, you were the goofiest people around and that's what made it fun.
Do you have any advice for younger athletes?
Advice I have for the younger athletes is to make sure you have fun. Track is a serious sport but if you make it too serious, you don't really enjoy it as much and you will miss out on the fun side of track because being an approachable runner to talk to is something that helps you help other runners learn what to do better.
How have your coaches influenced your performances and your life goals overall?
Our coaches and supporters have been a great influence to what I do. They give me these high expectations to go for because they know what I can do and for me that's the thing that motivates me the most. My coaches have never lied to my face about any situation and having this type of support system is rare to find because lying isn't making anyone better.
What are your post-high school plans?
After high school, I will be attending Shippensburg University.
I want to give a shoutout to eyeballs, Shawnee, Daniel aka David, Scrussell, Layton, Ashmoney, Snake-eyes, Both Coach Galls, our booster club for making nationals possible, our distance runners(even though we never saw them at practice), trinnsway, Laylay, Ajoneay, Jbruno for always pushing me, and every teammate who I've made a bond with throughout the years.