Benny Brown
Personal information
NationalityAmerican
Born(1953-09-27)September 27, 1953
San Francisco, California
DiedFebruary 1, 1996(1996-02-01) (aged 42)
Ontario, California
Sport
SportRunning
College teamUCLA
Medal record

Benny Brown (Benjamin Gene Brown; born September 27, 1953 San Francisco, California – February 1, 1996 Ontario, California) was an Olympic gold-medal winner in the 1976 4x400 Men's Relay running the second leg. He teamed with Herman Frazier, Fred Newhouse and Maxie Parks.[1]

Previously he had finished in 6th place at 440 yards in a very tight finish at the 1971 CIF California State Meet while running for the now closed Sunnyvale High School (California).[2] Next he attended UCLA, winning the 1975 NCAA Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship at 440 yards,[3] before finishing fourth in the United States Olympic Trials (track and field) which qualified him to run on the relay team.[4]

In 1979 Brown competed for the Athletes In Action under coach Maxie Parks winning the Meet of Champions.[5]

June 1992 Benny Brown at age 38, competed in the Masters So Cal Track and Field Championship winning the M35 100 & 200 meter dash.[6]

He died in an automobile accident at the age of 42. He had continued to be an active participant in the U. S. Corporate Games while working for Hughes Aircraft Company.[7]

He was a part-time coach for Cal State Fullerton's track team.[8] Cal State Fullerton hosts the Ben Brown Invitational track and field meet every year in early March. It is the best track and field meet in southern California in March.[9][10][11]

References

  1. ^ Benny Brown at Sports Reference
  2. ^ "California State Meet Results - 1915 to present". Hank Lawson. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2012-12-25.
  3. ^ http://web1.ncaa.org/web_files/stats/track_outdoor_champs_records/2006/MD1.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  4. ^ http://www.legacy.usatf.org/statistics/champions/OlympicTrials/HistoryOfTheOlympicTrials.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  5. ^ Tustin News, June 14, 1979 [1] Retrieved Dec 1, 2020
  6. ^ National Masters News, Aug 1992, PDF page 30 of 36. [2] Retrieved Jan 10, 2021
  7. ^ "United States Corporate Athletics Association".
  8. ^ "Archives". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/csfu/sports/c-track/auto_pdf/benbrowninfo.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  10. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/csfu/sports/c-track/auto_pdf/completeresults.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  11. ^ "Meet Results".