PCC's Browne To Run For St. Kitts and Nevis National Team
After winning two CCCAA state titles and being named the Pasadena City College 2012-13 Women's Athlete of the Year, freshman track and field sprinter Omhunique Browne announced her intentions of running for the national team of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, a twin-island state located in the West Indies.
One of the smallest countries in the world, St. Kitts and Nevis is the home country of Browne's father. This allows the San Marino-raised Browne, who has lived in the U.S. her whole life, to compete for the SKN national team.
On June 16, Browne won the 100 and 200 meters races at the St. Kitts-Nevis Amateur Athletic Association’s National Invitational and Club Championships. Browne won the 100 with an 11.61 seconds mark. She took first in the 200 in a time of 23.22, faster than her PCC school record and national community college-leading time of 23.47.
Browne has qualified to compete in the upcoming Central American Caribbean Games and Pan America Games as a representative of St. Kitts and Nevis.
Browne told SKNVibes.com why she decided not to try out for the U.S. national team.
" I chose to represent St. Kitts because growing up when I started track at age seven, I used to hear my dad talk about St. Kitts this and St. Kitts that," Browne said. ".. so I think the best thing to give back to my dad was to represent St. Kitts and Nevis."
St. Kitts and Nevis came on to the national track and field scene when Kim Collins qualified for the 100-meter men's final at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Collins became a world champion in 2003.
Browne is guided at PCC by Lancers head coach Larry Wade.
[Photo of Omhunique Browne at SKNAAA national meet courtesy of SKNVibes.com]