March 18, 2011

Outdoor Track & Field Season Outlook: Men’s Middle Distance and Distance

Providence,RI- The men's middle and long distance runners are coming off a strong indoor season, which saw nine additions to the Brown all-time top ten list in the 500m, 1000m, mile, 3000m, 5000m, 4x400m, 4x800m, and distance medley relay.

"Altogether we registered 28 lifetime personal indoor bests," said men's distance coach Tim Springfield. "So I think we are on the right track.  But we have a ways to go."

The Returnees

The Bears should be buoyed by the return of junior captain Matt Duffy, who missed the indoor season with injury.  In 2010, Duffy placed third in the Outdoor Heptagonal 5000m, running 14:23.81 in the event.

"Matt is chomping on the bit to return to competition," said Springfield.  "He's getting fitter every day and I'm excited to see what he can accomplish in 2011." 

Junior Dan Lowry had a breakthrough indoor season, running significant PRs in the mile and 3000m.  Lowry narrowly missed scoring in the 3000m at Indoor Heps and then anchored the fourth place distance medley relay team.  He should be poised to challenge for a scoring spot in either the 1,500m or 5,000m.

Senior Christian Escareno looks to build on his return to form during the indoor season.  Escareno placed fifth in the IC4A Championships in the 5,000m, running a lifetime PR of 14:14.62, which places him fourth all-time at Brown.

Sophomores Erik Berg and Kevin Cooper are coming off very strong indoor campaigns, with both athletes making the finals at Heps.  Berg placed fifth in the 1,000m and Cooper eighth in the mile.

Other athletes coming off very promising indoor seasons include senior Chris Collins, juniors Anthony Schurz and Christian Trautwein, and sophomore Conor Grogan.  All could play significant roles in the team effort this spring.

The Freshmen

The freshmen class will be led by Matt Bevil, one of the nation's top high school 800m runners in 2010 with a PR of 1:50.11.  The Florida native's high school career culminated with a runner-up finish in the 800m at the New Balance nationals.

Matt is coming off a promising indoor season which saw him make the finals at the indoor Heps and run a team-leading 1:52.43.  "Matt had some ups-and-downs this indoor season," said Springfield.  "Coming from Florida, he had never run on an indoor track before, so it was a learning experience.  But I know he is poised for big things outdoors."

Other top freshman include distance runners Drew Perilli, Brendan Boyle, and Jeff Bush, and middle-distance runners Colin Savage and Peter Hix.