Track & Field Opens Indoor Season at Alden Invitational

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown University track and field program combined for 18 titles to kick off the indoor campaign on Saturday as the Bears hosted the Alden Invitational at the Olney Margolies Athletic Center, taking on competition from the University of Rhode Island and the City College of New York.

On the women's side, Emmaline Suchland (Seattle, Wash.) led the sprinters with a first-place showing in the 60-meter dash as she crossed the finish line in a time of 7.76. Sophomore Lydia Davenport (New York, N.Y.) paced a trio of distance winners with a first-place finish in the 3,000 meters as she topped a field of 10 competitors with a time of 10:21.13. Sophomore Lauren Morgan (Jacksonville, Ore.) and senior Elizabeth Costa (East Providence, R.I.) claimed the 1,000 meters and mile, respectively, in times of 3:05.18 and 5:35.01.

Freshman Erin Schaeffer (Franklin, Conn.) picked up an individual title in her collegiate debut as she took the high jump with a cleared height of 5-05.75. On the throws side, the trio of sophomore Uzoamaka Okoro (Darien, Ill.), senior Victoria Buhr (Cheboygan, Mich.) and sophomore Kebbeh Darpolor (Pecos, Texas) swept all three events. Okoro captured the long jump with a leap of 38-09.00, while Buhr and Darpolor won the shot put and weight throw with tosses of 45-10.00 and 55-10.50, respectively.

On the men's side, the Bears picked up four individual running titles, as well as a first-place finish in 4x400-meter relay with a time of 3:28.94. Freshman Ben Ostrowski (Niantic, Conn.) and sophomore William Garcia (New York, N.Y.) paced the middle distance group as the duo claimed the 500 meters (1:04.91) and 800 meters (1:59.27), while junior Henry Tufnell (Cirencester, England) won the 1,000 meters in a time of 2:28.65.

Additionally, sophomore Christopher Garzia (East Meadow, N.Y.) picked up a victory in the 60-meter hurdles as he crossed the finish line in a time of 8.54.

Senior Sean Igelman (Medford, Ore.) captured the pole vault with a cleared height of 13-11.25, while the duo of senior Evan Weinstock (Las Vegas, Nev.) and freshman Taylor Alarcon (Wilmette, Ill.) swept the long jump and triple jump, respectively, with leaps of 23-00.00 and 46-11.75.

On the throws side, sophomore Matthew O'Hara (Riverside, Calif.) took the shot put with a toss of 48-10.25, while fellow sophomore Phuong Truong (Tacoma, Wash.) captured the weight throw at 54-11.25.

The track and field team has a break in competition until January 11th when the Bears compete at the Yale Invitational in New Haven, Conn.