Apr 23, 2017 - By Randy Tucker, Staff WriterWyoming Indian's top-class runner will compete for the Pronghorns on a full scholarship.
Wyoming Indian's phenomenal distance runner, Charlene Brown, has signed a national letter of intent to compete in cross country and track and field at Gillette College.
The four time all-state cross country runner had myriad regional offers to compete in both sports, but chose Gillette.
Brown was recruited by Central Wyoming College, Kearney State University, Haskell University and Lamar Community College, but Gillette's location and competitive program were the difference.
"It was away from home, but still close," her aunt, Karen Brown, said.
Brown has had a storybook career on the track and on cross country courses across the state.
She never lost a race in youth and junior high-aged competition from fifth through eighth grades while running for the Arapahoe Falcons.
Her freshman year at Wyoming Indian saw the fleet-footed ninth-grader win the Class 2-A cross country championship. She finished state runner-up the next three seasons.
Brown holds a state Class 2-A track championship in the 1600 meters and perhaps most impressively, won the very competitive Lakota Nation Invitational, which features the greatest distance runners in the entire western U.S.
Brown's scholarship is a rarity in Wyoming prep athletics. The scholarship is a full ride and covers all expenses for tuition, room and board and books not already provided for by other scholarships she has earned.
Brown finishes her high school career at the state track championships in Casper in late May and is a favorite in the 800, 1600 and 3200 meters.
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