The future for Brown University's sprint squad is bright. With just two graduating seniors, the team is working incredibly hard to fulfill its potential during this outdoor season.
Senior Captain Thelma Breezeatl is returning to form after suffering a lower leg injury last season. The Ivy League and Brown University record holder at 100m with an 11.75, she will also contribute in the 200m dash and both the 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 relay squads.
"Thelma has provided our team with great leadership," said coach George Evans. "She has helped to raise the bar of expectations not just for the sprinters, but for the entire team."
Senior Jasmine Chukwueke looks to improve on her 6th place finish during the indoor season in the 400m dash. Chukwueke owns a personal best of 55.85 and should challenge for All-Ivy this spring.
Junior Lucy Higgins is coming off a terrific indoor campaign in which she ran personal bests in the 200m, 400m, and 500m. Her time of 1:15.55 ranks fifth all time at Brown, which qualified her for the ECAC Championships. Higgins ran a personal best of 56.39 to qualify for the finals in the 400m at the Ivy League meet last spring, and is very excited to get this season underway.
"Our team becomes more cohesive with every season, and I think this will be positively reflected in our performances as well as our team dynamic in the upcoming outdoor season," said Higgins.
Junior Samantha Adelberg will contribute in multiple areas. Adelberg possesses Brown University records in the 1000m run and the 4 x 800 relay. Her name is scattered all over Brown's top 10 boards in the 500m, 800m and relays. Adelberg owns a personal best of 56.49 in the 400m.
Sophomore Susan Scavone, a two-year Ivy League scorer indoors, is set to have a great outdoor season. She established a new personal best of 8.80 seconds in the 60m Hurdles and qualified for the ECAC Championships. Her time is the 6th fastest in Brown University history. Scavone will also contribute on the 4 x 100m relay.
Brielle Beaudette will provide quality depth for the sprint squad, participating on Brown's ECAC qualifying 4 x 400m relay team. Beaudette owns a personal best of 57.92 for 400m and has already run within .5 seconds of that mark indoors this year.
Mike Mazerik looks to build on his successful indoor season in which he finished 6th in the 60m dash with a personal best of 6.97. That time qualified him for the IC4A Championships. Mazerik will also contribute to the 4 x 100 relay team and the 200m dash. He owns a personal best of 10.65 seconds for the 100m dash.
"The indoor season gave everyone, individually and as a team, a good benchmark of where we stand in the league," said Mazerik. "Heading into the outdoor season we all know where we need to improve in order to get closer to our goal of winning a Heps Championship. As a team, we have the talent to accomplish great things in the league and it's just a matter of applying what we've learned in the indoor season and continue to work hard and stay focused to achieve our goals."
Junior Marc Howland looks to rebound from offseason shoulder surgery to improve on his tremendous 2009 campaign. Marc was runner up at 60m and owns a personal best of 6.92. He qualified for the IC4A Championships in the 100m with a time of 10.82 and ran a best of 21.82 at the Ivy League Championship meet.
Kevin Cervantes returns for his senior season looking to contend at 400m. Cervantes is a multiple time scorer at the Ivy League Championships and owns a personal best of 48.91 for the 400m. He will also provide a leg on the 4 x 400 team.
Wide receiver turned sprinter, Alex Tounkara turned in a solid indoor season after only being on the squad for a few weeks. His 6-foot-5 frame coupled with his 7.06 60-meter time, Tounkara is excited to see what his potential is outdoors. His primary events will be the 100m and 200m, and both sprint relays.
Sophomore Sammy Smith will contribute solid legs on Brown's IC4A qualifying 4 x 100 relay team. Last season, Smith ran the 3rd leg of the quartet that placed 4th at the Ivy League Championships.
Nathan Elder from Illinois was a pleasant surprise for the Bears during his first indoor season. He qualified for the 500m final and was the 400m leg of Brown's All-East Distance Medley Relay. Elder finished 7th in Illinois in the 800m run last spring.
Ihiechi Ohia-Enyia placed 4th at the New York State Meet in the 200m with a personal best of 24.43. Ohia-Enyia will also provide solid legs on Brown sprint relays.
Zach Keefer was the New Jersey Meet of Champions runner up in the 400m Intermediate Hurdles two seasons ago and has run 54.09 seconds in that race. He is also expected to participate in the sprint relays.
Freshman soccer standout Dylan Remick will lace up the sprint spikes for Bruno this spring and contribute in the longer sprints. He was 8th at the Illinois State meet last spring in the 400m with a best time of 48.61.
Vincent Sghiatti will compete in the short and intermediate hurdles. He will open up this weekend in the 400m Hurdles at the Northeastern Open.
Stay tuned to Brownbears.com for tomorrow's preview of the jumps squad.