The Minnesota Association of USA Track & Field has announced that Team USA Minnesota athletes Emily Brown and Andrew Carlson are USATF Minnesota's Athletes of the Month for April 2008.
Brown, a 2007 University of Minnesota graduate, was recognized for being the top finisher for the United States team at the IAAF World Cross County in Edinburgh, Scotland, last month. Brown, a former Big Ten steeplechase champion, finished 18th in the race, running 26:36 on the 8K course.
Carlson, also a U of M graduate, was honored for winning his first national title at the USA 15K Championship held in conjunction with the Gate River Run in Jacksonville, Florida, in March. Carlson out-dueled 2002 Twin Cities Marathon champion Dan Browne for the win, running a personal-best 44:12 for the 9.3 mile distance.
USA Track & Field Minnesota selects Athletes of the Month to honor excellence in track and field and its related sports in Minnesota. USA Track & Field is the governing body of the sport in the United States and the Minnesota Association of USATF sanctions and sponsors track and field, cross country, road racing, and racewalking events for athletes of all ages in the state.