GULF SHORES, Ala. - Two days, two All-Americans for the Park University women's track team. Aaliyah Brown joined Jerosan Fletcher in the All-America column Friday, finishing seventh in the women's shot put at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships in Gulf Shores, Alabama.
For Brown, it's a second-straight season as an All-American, but this time, achieving the NAIA's highest honor in the shot after fighting off an injury from the indoor season.
Brown was a qualifier for the NAIA Indoor National Championships, but admittedly performed below her own standards while fighting back from the mid-season injury. Her hard work paid off in Gulf Shores, though, reaching the finals with a throw of 13.88 meters before a 14.14-meter throw in the finals, second in her flight and seventh overall.
"I'm really, really proud of the way Aaliyah has worked to get back to where she wants to be this year," said Park coach Brian Renshaw. "She's someone who takes pride in everything she does, so she can be happy with this kind of effort. She's worked really hard to get here."
Fletcher also competed, Friday, running in the preliminaries of the 400-meter run, where she finished fifth in her heat and will not advance to Saturday's finals. Fletcher ran the 400 in 57.35 seconds.
Park's final event of the 2016-17 academic year is Saturday at Mickey Miller Blackwell Stadium in Gulf Shores, when Fletcher competes in the 200-meter dash at 5:10 p.m.