Rocklin athletes turn their attention and hopes on the Olympics

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Hearn in Olympic Trials DES MOINES, Iowa _ UC Davis senior and former Rocklin High athlete Ashley Hearn fired off a discus throw of 190 feet, 1 inch last month at Drake University to finish third in the NCAA Championships making her the Aggies? first outdoor track and field All American. Hearn held the UC Davis school record of 177-7 coming into the meet. Her effort also earned her a spot in the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials to be held at the University of Oregon last week. ?Her performance ? stands as a great example of performing at your best when it counts,? said Hearn?s head coach Drew Wartenburg. Hearn is a two-time Big West discus champion and was one of two Aggies? athletes to compete in the Drake meet. _ Staff Report Brown takes national rowing championship Former Rocklin High School graduate Matthew Brown rowed into the record books by taking the 2012 U.S. Rowing National Championship by nearly 6 seconds in mens single sculls. U.S. Rowing is recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body of the sport in the U.S. It selects and trains the teams for international competition such as the Pan American Games and the Olympics. ?After getting back from Olympic Trials, I just told myself that I was going to make big changes over a gradual amount of time,? said Brown. ?One of the things I?m working on is just relaxing, just being out here, enjoying the competition and not getting too worked up ? .? After graduating from Rocklin in 2002, Brown attended Yale and was a member of the Bulldogs crew for three years. As a senior, he was given the Yale Varsity Crew Award. As a postgraduate, he began training at Vesper Boat Club in Philadelphia before heading for Oxford University where he earned his masters. While there, he competed in crewing and track and field. Brown ran hurdles for the Thunder and again took to the track following rowing season. He helped the OU Athletic Club beat Cambridge on the same track where Roger Bannister broke the 4-minute mark in the mile. His efforts in both rowing and running earned Brown the Oxford University Society Sporting Award. As vice president of the OU Boat Club, he won the Isis Goldie race at the historic University Boat Race. Following graduation from Oxford, he returned to Vespers where he founded Row Glow and serves as its president. At Rocklin High, Brown was captain of both the soccer and track team. He graduated as valedictorian and is married to his high school sweetheart Heather (Mosqueda) Brown.