World-leading 12.55s for Janeek Brown who eyes ticket to Doha

By May 13, 2019

University of Arkansas sophomore Janeek Brown plans to vie for a spot on Jamaica’s team to the IAAF World Athletics Championships in September. Based on what she has managed to do so far this season, that spot seems all but assured.

 Brown, the former Wolmer’s girl, won the Southeastern Conference 100m hurdles title on Saturday at the John McDonnell Field in Arkansas with a world-leading 12.55s. It was the second time she has set a world-leading mark in the hurdles this season, following upon her 12.57s run at the same venue on April 26.

However, as much as she surprised herself in late April and followed up with an even faster time, a personal best on Saturday, Brown said they mean very little.

“My mindset is not really wrapped around having a world-leading time because it means nothing at the start of a next race. So, while it’s a nice achievement, I barely think about it,” she told Sportsmax.TV.

World-leading times might not be as important but she is definitely thinking about competing in Doha later this year when, hopefully, she will be wearing national colours.

“Yes, I’ll definitely be trying out for the world championships,” she said, explaining that she is not overly concerned about the wear and tear of the collegiate circuit dampening her chances of making the cut to Doha.

“Well, the trials are 10 days after the collegiate national championship so if anything that’s should be a good thing for me since I’ll already be on a small peak.”

Now in her second year at Arkansas, Brown said a more focussed approach has been yielding the results that have made her the top hurdler in the world.

“I’ve got better work habits now. I’m not given the opportunity to shy away from workouts and I train hard,” she said. “My coach ensures my focus on and off the track and I already knew what I was capable of so I just remained motivated and patient through the process. I just want to keep doing better and getting better. If that happens then my goals will make themselves.”

Brown revealed that her second year at Arkansas has not been as challenging as her freshman year and that has allowed her to come into her own on and off the track.

“My freshman year was definitely a struggle trying to figure out classes, training indoor for the first time, the transition to outdoor,” she said.

“It was very difficult and so once I got used to that, I just decided that my second year, since I know how everything works now, it should be smooth sailing. It’s still a little hard juggling school, weights, therapy, massage, training and then homework but I make it happen.”



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