Men's Track & Field Competes at UConn Spring Invitational

April 20, 2008

Storrs, CT - The Brown track & field team placed fifth (61) at the University of Connecticut Spring Invitational on Saturday afternoon. UConn finished in first (297.50), followed by Rhode Island (111), Boston University (104), Providence College (80.50), Brown and Quinnipiac (14).

Duriel Hardy (Mount Prospect, IL) and John Haenle (Lockport, NY) were Bruno's top finishers of the day, placing second in the 1,500-meter run and 3,000-meter steeplechase, respectively. Hardy turned in a 3:55.92 in the 1,500, as Haenle posted a 9:45.53 in the steeplechase. Other Bears' scoring in the 1,500 were Brian Schilder (3:56.95) for fourth place, Colin Brett (Easton, PA) with a 3:57.34 for fifth place, and Ari Zamir (Ridgewood, NJ) came in eighth with a 4:02.28.

Joseph Mastrangelo (Plainsboro, NJ) also gave a solid effort on Saturday, earning fourth place in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.82 seconds, as well as seventh in the 100-meter dash with an 11.46. In the field events, Zack Jaffa's (Foster, RI) 13-06.25 in the pole vault earned fourth place, and Sam Urlacher (Billings, MT) tossed a 171-03 in the javelin throw to come in third place.

A few members of the track & field squad traveled down south, to compete at the John McDonnell Invitational at the University of Arkansas. Brown posted some positive scores, which included Kevin Cervantes' (Los Angeles, CA) 49.11 in the 400-meter dash (14th), Eric Wood's (Eugene, OR) fifth place finish in the hammer throw (170-02), and Bryan Powlen's (Kewanna, IN) 10th place finish in the shot put (50-09.25) and fifth place finish in the discus (156-11).

Matthew Jasmin (Middletown, NY) turned in a stellar performance in the 100-meter hurdles, earning sixth place with a regional qualifying time of 14.77. Jasmin also went on to place fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.33 seconds.

Ikenna Achilihu (Monroe, LA) and Reginald Cole (Seattle, WA) placed 11th and 12th, respectively in the triple jump. Achilihu earned a 47-05.00, while Cole followed right behind with a 47-01.50.

The Bears will now compete in the Penn Relays beginning on Thursday, April 24, and then host the Brown Springtime Invitational on Sunday, April 27.