Staying on the run is what she does best

August 08, 2001

Sang Lee

BURBANK -- Many around town have probably seen Carolyn Brown around


Maybe it was at a track meet, or a cross-country event. It might even

have been on the soccer field or at some type of academic function.

But if one is to catch a glimpse of the three-sport athlete, you

better not blink, because Brown is never in one place for very long.


That's because she's always on the go, always on the run -- a thing

she's starting to get used to by now.

And all that running has made for a successful sophomore season for

Brown, who made Burroughs High history. For her exploits, she has been

named the Burbank Leader Female Athlete of the Year.

Running from place to place is something Brown's dealt with the past

two years at Burroughs.

"[High school] hasn't been easy, but it's helped me because it forces

me to do school work and practice and not waste any time," Brown said.

Time is another important facet of Brown's life. Managing time is

something she's put a lot of effort into.

Last season, Brown proved that her freshman year wasn't a fluke, when

she won a CIF Southern Section Division II championship in the 800 meters

in track and field -- as a freshman.

And as a sophomore, she took that success one step further, by

qualifying for CIF State Track and Field Championships in Sacramento.

Along with being the first Indian female to make it tostate

competition, Brown also led the Burroughs' girls track team to their

first CIF appearance.

"She's a natural competitor," Burroughs cross-country Coach John

Peebles said. "She uses that to help in her running. She has great

running ability but her sense of determination is what gets her to win."

That determination may have been most prevalent in May when Brown took

part in the CIF Southern Section Track and Field Finals at Cerritos


In the Division II 800 race, Brown found herself in last place with

200 meters remaining. She than made her move, charging past six runners,

finishing in third place in 2 minutes 15.30 seconds.

Her time in the race -- in which holds the school record of 2:14.63 --

sent her to the prestigious Masters Meet.

Brown's competitiveness might have come early on in her life. Although

she has broken records and made a name for herself in running, she has

played soccer since she the first grade, and continues that love for the

sport as an Indian.

As a sophomore, she won All-Foothill League first-team honors in


"Soccer was always the sport that I enjoyed the most. But soccer and

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