Guyer senior Brynn Brown is in the news again. Arguably one of the top runners in the country, Brown announced on August 24 that she has committed to North Carolina. The big announcement comes two months after Brown was named the Gatorade Texas Girls Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
“I didn’t really expect to make a decision this early,” Brown told the Denton Record-Chronicle. “I just felt something click. I really felt like that’s where I wanted to be. Why wait? I got the offer and accepted. And here I am now. It’s been an exciting past 48 hours.”
Brown’s decision makes perfect sense. The Tar Heels already boast one of the top cross country and track programs in the nation, but coach Chris Miltenberg has been dead set on becoming a national power while also building for the future. Just last year, his strong women’s signing class included Taryn Parks of Greencastle Antrim in Pennsylvania, Sasha Neglia of Dobyns-Bennett in Tennessee, Ava Dobson of St. Joseph’s Catholic School in South Carolina, Sarah Trainor of Franklin D. Roosevelt in New York, and Kelsey Harrington of Virginia High.
As of press time, Brown was one of three more prep distance runners to choose Chapel Hill. And many people would say she is the centerpiece. Brown broke the tape in the outdoor 3,200-meter run at the Coppell Relays in 9:58.58 in late February, which ranked as the fastest girls time in state history and as the nation’s No. 12 performance of all-time in the event. She also recorded a time trial of 9:39.38 in the 3,200, which, had it been official, would have shattered the national record by eight seconds. As a sophomore, Brown won the Class 6A 3,200 title in 10:09.91.
She also won state in the 1,600 with a time of 4:48.37.
Brown’s rise to notoriety hasn’t come without adversity. As a freshman, she suffered an injury that could have ended her career much too early. Clearly, she has found a way to overcome those setbacks and is now on track for a huge final push to her high school career.
“Brynn is no stranger to adversity. She has endured multiple season-ending injuries, unfortunate falls, and most recently, the loss of an outdoor track season to the pandemic,” Guyer coach Megan Sprabeary told Gatorade after Brown won that award. “However, she has handled it all with dignity and grace. She uses each disappointment as motivation toward her next goal.”
Brown agreed, adding that she wouldn’t be the runner she is today without her coaches at Guyer.
“Every accomplishment is great, and I’m super grateful and blessed,” Brown told the DRC. “I wouldn’t trade my experiences at Guyer for the world. The coaches are amazing. There is an expectation every day that you’re going to put in the work and get better, not just for yourself, but to build a program, culture, and team.”