Jermaine Brown may not be well-known in the track and field landscape, but by the end of the 2014 season we may know who he is. Brown, in a recent interview with TrackLedger.com, stated that the goal for him this season is to make the Jamaican world indoors team as well as the Commonwealth Games team to Glasgow. Brown enters the season with a personal best indoor time of 21.04 (200m) and on Friday, January 10, at the Armory Track in New York, he established a personal best of 33.30 seconds in the 300m. Yesterday (January 18), at the Lobo Collegiate Open meet in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the 22 year old Brown opened his 2014 season in the 200m with a lifetime best of 20.93 seconds.
Moving up to the 400m
Despite his successes in the short sprints, Brown said that his focus is on the 400m. Brown, who considers himself more of a 200m/400m runner rather than a 100/200 specialist, said, “for the past 2-3 years I have been hiding from the 400m. This year I am finally stepping to the 400m, getting my body used to running it and we will see where it goes.” Brown also feels that his current personal best time of 47.8 in the 400m is not a true reflection of how fast he can go over the distance.
Training and preparation
“My training preparation is going good; this is my second year training with Coach Bryn Davis and I am learning so much from him,” said Brown, who is a member of the Triple Crown Elite Camp based in Las Vegas.
Brown credits Coach Davis for his marked improvement over the past season. “Last year he brought my time down from 6.96 to 6.70 in the 60m; from 21.20 down to 21.04 in the 200m and from 48.2 to 47.8 in the 400m.”
He continued, “this season we are approaching things a bit differently; we are not training as much for the 60m. We are training more for the 200m as well as the 400m, since the goal this year is to make the Jamaican team in the 400m for the World indoors and the Commonwealth Games.” Brown also stated that this season he will be targeting the Jamaican 200m and 300m indoor records.
Early days in Jamaica
Brown was born in Jamaica and attended Bridgeport High school. At the 2007 Jamaican high school Boys Championship, Brown secured the bronze medal in the Class 2 200m, finishing in 3rd place behind Ramone McKenzie and Dexter Lee. That same year, Brown went to the Carifta Games in the Turks and Caicos Islands where he got bronze in the 100m (10.65), silver in the 200m (21.25) and gold in the 4x100m and 4x400m relays. After the 2007 season, Brown transferred from Bridgeport High to Calabar High where one of his training partners was Warren Weir, third-place finisher in the 200 meters in the 2012 London Olympics. Brown sat out his first year at Calabar and was eligible to run in his final year, but instead migrated to the United States where he attended to Medgar Evers High School in Brooklyn, New York.
Life in the US
At Medgar Evers, Brown broke the New York State 60m indoor record as well as the 200m and 300m records. He is currently the New York State record holder in the 60m, 200m and the 300m (33.74) and was ranked #1 in New York State for two consecutive years.
After graduating high school at Medgar Evers, Brown enrolled in Junior College for a couple months but discontinued due to personal reasons. He still continued to train and compete on the professional circuit.
A now fully-committed and focused Brown feels he is on the verge of taking it to the next level. “Last season (2013) was one of my best seasons and I am slowly getting myself back. In high school I was one of the guys who was a force to be reckoned with. I was overlooked because I would finish behind Dexter Lee and Ramone McKenzie. I am not going to complain or make any excuses. I am just working on my stuff and trying to get my name and my talent out there and to share them with the rest of the world. I am focused and ready to go.”
Checkout Jermaine Brown on the Sports Zone with the Professor radio show this Tuesday at 9.00pm EST as he discusses his goals for the 2014 track season. The show will be live on the internet at www.caribbeanzoneradiohd.com and on the radio at 105.7 FM in Essex County, New Jersey