PRs: 5,000m 13:28.24 (1998); 10,000m 27:38:50 (2004); Marathon 2:11:35 (2002)
Born: June 24, 1975, in Portland, Ore.
Current Residence: Beaverton, Ore.
High School: West Linn, Ore., ‘93
College: U.S. Military Academy ‘97
Coach: Alberto Salazar
Career Highlights: 3rd at 2004 Olympic Trials marathon and 10,000m;
2002 USA marathon champion; 2005 USA Half-Marathon champion; 1998 USA Indoor
3,000m champion; 2004 USA 10 Mile champion; 2002 USA Running Circuit champion;
1998 USA 10,000m champion; 1998 USA Cross Country champion; 2003 Pan Am 10 km
After winning the USA men's half-marathon title in January in 2005, Browne had two knee surgeries and an emergency appendectomy, which kept him from training and competing the rest of the 2005 season. He bounced back with a nice season in 2006, in which he ended up ranked #7 in the nation at 10,000 meters. Browne enjoyed an eventful 2004 campaign, highlighted by his 12th place finish in the 10,000 meters at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Browne also competed in the men’s marathon in Athens, where the oppressive heat took its toll on him as he finished 65th, and he ended the season with a 20th place finish at the New York City Marathon. On February 7, 2004, Browne qualified for his first Olympic Team by placing third at the Olympic Trials Marathon, and he later qualified in the 10,000 meters with his third-place finish at the 2004 Olympic Trials in Sacramento. He dedicated the race to his fellow West Point grads who have died in battle in Iraq…Browne didn’t start focusing on running until his junior year of high school…injured off-and-on in his first two years of college…ran mainly the 1500 then, so when he started competing at 5000m with great success his junior year he opened some eyes…graduated with a double major in English from West Point…fluent in Spanish and Portuguese…a participant in the Army’s World Class Athlete Program…Browne picked the 2002 USA Men’s Marathon Championship, at the Twin Cities Marathon, for his debut at that distance, in what proved to be an inspired choice. Browne won the 26.2-mile race from Minneapolis to St. Paul, Minn., in 2 hours, 11 minutes, 35 seconds. In winning the 10th national title of his career, Browne also won the 2002 USA Running Circuit men’s title ($6,000) and a winner’s check of $34,000. The overall winner at Twin Cities, Browne credited his success to his coach, National Track & Field Hall of Famer Alberto Salazar, who is supervising a multi-million dollar training project for Browne and a number of U.S. marathon hopefuls in Portland, Ore., where the athletes live in high altitudes and train in low altitudes, with some high-tech help. The five-bedroom house the athletes call home is at sea level, but the home features molecular filters inside that remove oxygen, leaving the athletes with the sensation that they are living in the thin air of 12,000 feet. Living at high altitude, which requires a person’s body to adapt to less oxygen in the air, thus increasing their oxygen-carrying efficiency, is believed to improve performance in endurance events.
2006: 3rd at USA Outdoors 10,000m (28:19.32)…runner-up at Cardinal
Invitational…ranked #7 in U.S. by T&FN…best of 28:19.32.
2005: USA Half-Marathon champion (1:03.56)...injured the rest of the season...best of 1:03.56.
2004: 12th at Olympic Games 10,000m (28:14.53)… 65th at Olympic marathon (2:27:17)…USA 10 mile champion (46:32)…third at Olympic Trials Marathon (2:12:02)…20th at NYC Marathon (2:23:27)… 3rd at Olympic Trials 10 km (28:07.47)…6th at Stanford (27:38.50PR)…4th at Nike Prefontaine Classic (13:30.68)…ranked #3 10,000m & #4 Marathon in U.S. by T&FN…bests of 27:38.50PR & 2:12:02.
2003: 5th in 3000m at USA Indoors (8:01.62)…3rd at USA Outdoors 10 km (28:03.48)…19th at World Outdoor Championships 10 km (29:01.60)…bronze medal at Pan Am Games 10 km (29:06.23)… 2nd in 3000m at Verizon Millrose Games (8:00.91)…6th at USA Cross Country Championships 4 km (12:59)…38th at World XC Champs 4 km (11:49)…won U.S. 25 km road title... ranked #3 at 10,000m in U.S. by T&FN…bests of 7:56.93 & 28:03.48.
2002: Won USA Marathon Championships in his debut at Twin Cities (2:11.35)…won 2002 USA Running Circuit Men’s title…won U.S. 20 km road title…8th at Mt. SAC 5,000m (13:31.26)…4th at Stanford 10,000m (27:47.04)…bests of 13:31.26, 27:47.04, 2:11:35.
2001: 9th at USA Indoor 3,000m (8:11.16)...3rd at USA Cross Country Champs 4km (11:12)…best of 8:11.16i.
2000: 10th in opening round of 5,000m at USA Olympic Trials…best of 13:38.42.
1999: 3rd in 5,000 at USA Outdoors (13:36.64)… 17th in heats at World Champs (14:18.51). bests of 7:46.94i, 13:36.64 and 28:18.65.
1998: Won USA 4km XC Trials…won 3000 at USA Indoor (7:50.49)…21st in World 4km XC Champs…won USA Champs at 10,000 (29:46.06)…5th in 10,000 at Goodwill Games (29:24.98)…6th in 3000 (8:15.88), 6th in 5000 (14:22.48) at World Cup…won USA 10km road title…won the USA 5km road title on December 31 with a 13:05 on a short course (police led the runners the wrong way)…ranked #2 in U.S. at 3000, #1 in U.S. at 5000, #4 in U.S. at 10,000 by T&FN…bests of 13:28.24 and 29:24.98.
1997: 4th in 5000m (13:59.83) at USA Champs…did not finish 5000m at NCAA Indoor…2nd in 5000m at IC4As (14:09.21)…4th in 10,000 at NCAAs (29:15.13)… 2nd in 10,000 (28:27.64 PR), 3rd in 5000 (14:00.94) at World University Games…12th in USA XC Champs…ranked #6 in U.S. at 10,000 by T&FN…bests of 13:42.40 and 28:27.64, also 3:45.64 and 7:57.43.
1996: 7th in 3000 heat at NCAA Indoor (8:13.95)…won 1500 and 5000 in Patriot League…4th in 1500 at IC4As (3:47.95)…6th in 5000 (13:55.20) in NCAA…9th in 5000 heat (14:23.86) at Olympic Trials…won District II XC…42nd in NCAA XC…bests of 13:46.1, 3:43.9 and 8:04.55.
1995: Best of c3:50 (1500)…12th in District II XC.
1994: Injured outdoors and in cross country (stress fracture)…bests of 4:10, 8:18 indoors.
1993: Bests of 3:56.70 (1500) and 4:12.22 (mile)…2nd in Oregon state 1500 and 3000…84th in NCAA XC Champs.
1992: Ran 2nd in Oregon HS state XC meet.