The Brown jumps squad is starting 2010 strong with their new jumps coach Kendra Reimer, who joined the Bears during their indoor season. "I was extremely pleased with how we did during the indoor season, but I'm even more excited for greater things to come in outdoors," said Reimer. "I feel like we are just getting started."
The jumps program is moving into a new era. Senior captain Andrew Chapin commented, "The indoor season saw the men's jump squad face a coaching change and a handful of injuries to key contributors - with everyone healthy and transitioned to a new training program, big points are expected at the Outdoor Ivy League Championships by multiple Brown competitors in both the triple and high jumps."
Chapin leads the way for the men's jumps after an All-Ivy performance at the Indoor Ivy League Championships with a huge personal record in the triple jump (49'3"). Chapin finished last year's outdoor season with a seventh place Ivy finish and is looking to challenge for the title in 2010.
Not to be forgotten, senior Reginald Cole is returning to competition in outdoors and will contend for the Ivy title after his third place finish in last year's triple jump. He is also a threat in the long jump and 4x100m relay.
Senior Shannon Stone had a big personal record in the triple jump at indoor Heps with a scoring mark of 38'11". She is looking to climb up the podium from her sixth place finish last year.
Junior captain Rachel Biblo is on the verge of a major breakthrough and making a huge impact in both horizontal jumps. Biblo commented "As a team, I think we have so much potential, and I am really looking forward to watching our potential flourish in the upcoming outdoor season. Personally, I am training as hard as I can so that I can have a more successful outdoor season and make the biggest contribution possible to the team."
Sophmore Jara Crear will be rounding out the crew by assisting in a variety of jumps.
Brown's vertical jumps are represented by high jumpers senior Anja Hergrueter and Grace Watson. Senior Hergrueter is a returning All-Ivy performer (5'9") in the high jump and is looking to contend for the Championship. Watson will fight for an All-Ivy position with her 5'8" personal record.
The men's vertical jumps are holding strong with juniors Jordan Maddocks and AJ Fitzgerald. Maddocks is a returning Ivy scorer (6'8") and is looking to surprise this outdoor season. Fitzgerald came off an indoor run of consistent personal records and is a competitor to watch.
Junior Natasha Smith will be returning back to competition after sitting out her last two seasons due to a knee injury. She had an amazing freshman campaign with winning both the indoor and outdoor Heps multi-events. She is looking to be a strong contributor in both the jumps and the throws.
The jumps squad also totes an exciting group of promising freshman that are already filling big shoes.
Pole vaulter, Hannah Wallace is one of the top incoming freshmen and made an immediate impact at Indoor Heps with a sixth place personal record of 11'9" and qualified for the ECAC meet. She will be joined by Massachusetts All-State vaulter, Sammantha Dweck, who missed her indoor season due to injury.
Jocelyn West will continue making major strides in the long jump and the triple jump, but will be picking up the heptathlon this outdoor season and is looking to surprise the Ivy.
Kenneth Thompson from Riverdale, NY is one of the new triple jumpers joining the men's jump squad. He has already produced great marks and is looking forward to joining the men's team at outdoor Heps.
Junior transfer Gabriela Baiter is a major addition to the Brown's jump team. The transfer from Penn State immediately made an impact with an All-Ivy performance in the triple jump. She currently leads the Ivy with the farthest jump (40'5); she will challenge for the outdoor championship and will be a national contender.
While the majority of the jumpers, middle distance, and distance runners will remain focused on training until after Spring Break, this weekend many of the throwers and sprinters will compete at the Husky Invitational hosted by Northeastern University. Events begin at 10:00am.
The Brown Track and Field Program will host two outdoor meets this season at Brown Stadium. The Brown Invitational will take place on Saturday April 10th and the Brown Springtime Invitational will be on Sunday April 25th.