February 5, 2011

Brown Track & Field Shines at Giegengack Invitational

New Haven, CT- The Brown University track & field teams competed at the seventh annual Giegengack Invitational hosted at Yale this weekend. Around two-dozen teams were competing at the two-day unscored event, as the Bears had several top five finishes, along with three titles as the squad continues to prepare for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships.

The top men's performance was clocked by Brown senior Christian Escareno, who won the 5,000-meter run title with a time of 14:31.01. Dan Lowry had a great showing at Coxe Cage to earn second place in the 3,000m run with an 8:20.66, as Conor Grogan placed ninth with an 8:35.82.

Finishing first and second in their heat, Kevin Cooper (4:13.84) and Erik Berg (4:13.85) ended up eighth and ninth place overall in the one-mile run. The Bears also had a strong showing in the 1,000m run with Anthony Schurz winning his heat with a time of 2:27.98. Not far behind were Chris Collins (2:30.42), Colin Savage (2:30.80), and Tom Elnick (2:31.84).

In the 60m dash, John Spooney finished fifth as he crossed the line in 6.94 seconds, and Marc Howland followed behind finishing in 7.03 seconds. In the field, Alexander Lipinsky earned 13th in the weight throw with a toss of 47' 1.75" and Daniel Smith came in fourth place in the shot put with a 52-03.25.

The women were led by Elaine Kuckertz's first-place mile time of 4:56.32, and Kate DeSimone came in third place with a solid 5:02.21. In the 800m run, Rosie Fleming came in fifth with a 2:12.42 and Samantha Adelberg (2:15.38) and Michaeline Nelson (2:17.37) finished in seventh and eighth place, respectively.

Also winning a title for the Bears was Hannah Wallace, with a winning height of 11' 9.75" in the pole vault, and Chelsea Hartigan followed with a sixth-place height of 10'10".

Jocelyn West finished in 10th place in the high jump with a height of 5'1" and Natasha Smith earned seventh in the long jump with a 15'10.25" leap. Nealy Williams followed close behind with a ninth place result of 15'8.25".