Denton Guyer junior Brynn Brown competes at the 2019 McNeil Invitational
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Brynn Brown who had to give up her shot for a state title due to injury, is back in play to run for a national title. In early October, Brown was gearing up for the championship part of her 2019 cross country season. The Denton Guyer junior had recently run one of the top times of the season and the second fastest ever for an American high school runner at the 5,000m distance.
She had become the favorite to win the UIL 6A State Cross Country championship, but a stress reaction in her metatarsals sidelined her for the Texas championship season. Brown missed her district, regionals, and state meets, inevitably disqualifying her for an opportunity for her first cross country state championship.
Brown is now able to return to running and will compete at this weekend's Nike Cross Regionals South championship meet. While not being able to run for weeks, she was still able to retain some of her fitness through cross training efforts.
Last year, Brown competed in both of the post season championship qualifying races. She successfully qualified for the Nike and Foot Locker National Championship races finishing 50th at the Nike Cross Nationals (NXN) and 18th at Foot Locker Nationals.
As of now, the plan is to only compete at NXR South and hopefully qualify for the NNX. She was fourth at last year's South Region when she ran 17:57.11. Before the injury, Brown had only run three races of which she posted times of 17:17.19, 16:57.10, and 16:12.00.
She'll put her current fitness level and cross training results on display this weekend to see if she has enough to still qualify for NXN.