By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
SERENA Brown will make the transition from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) to the Big 12 for the next step in her collegiate career.
Brown will transfer from the Texas A&M Aggies to the University of Iowa Hawkeyes for the Fall 2019 campaign, her redshirt junior season.
The discus national record holder underwent surgery to repair her rotator cuff in January 2018 and sat out last season with the Aggies and was sidelined for the entirety of her junior season. “With all of my weightlifting and overhand movement, the bone was rubbing against my rotator cuff and I was in a lot of pain. So they went in and they corrected those problems so I will be able to move more freely now,” Brown told The Tribune following the surgery.
“I’m just happy now because the problem is fixed and I don’t have to worry about it anymore. Last year was probably the worst year for me because I could barely practice. The pain was that bad.
“So I’m just happy that it’s finally done. I just want to make sure that I am properly healed and then I can come back and do what I know I am capable of doing.”
As a sophomore in 2018, Brown finished 13th in the discus at the NCAA Championships with a mark of 165-7. At the NCAA West Preliminary round, her toss of 176-9 placed eighth and at the SEC Championships she was 11th in the shot put (47-1 ¾). She set the Bahamian national record and produced a career best 198-1 (60.39) to win the Texas Relays title.
During the indoor season, she competed in a single meet, the Reveille Invitational, where she placed fifth in the shot put (44-8 ¼).
In her freshman season, she had an outdoor year highlighted with her qualification for the NCAA Championships. She won bronze in the discus at the SEC Championships with a mark of 170-8 (52.01). She also won the SEC Relays discus title with a then career best of 186-6 (56.84) and placed eighth in the shot put (45-8 ½ | 13.93).
During the indoor circuit, she placed 14th in the SEC Championships with a mark of 45-6 ½ (13.88) and debuted at the Reveille Invitational with a mark of 44-2 ¾ to place third.
At the junior national team level, she finished fourth in the discus at IAAF World Juniors in Poland with a national record and national junior record of 173-0 (52.73).