Aug. 21, 2003
Coach John Gregorek's men's cross country team enters the 2003 campaign with a wealth of experience. A group of veteran athletes will lead the team, which has the potential to turn in the best season ever in Brown history. "Our experience is our strongest point this year," says Gregorek. Brown finished the 2002 season with a fifth place finish (out of 33) at the NCAA Regional meet.
Headlining the Bears this season will be senior captain Matt Emond (Green Harbor, MA). Emond was the top finisher for Brown at the 2002 Iona Meet of Champions and earned Second Team All-Ivy recognition in 2001, placing tenth at the Heptagonal Championship. "He will be a good leader because of his experience and toughness," says Gregorek.
Other stand-outs for the team include junior Patrick Tarpy (Yartmouth, ME) and junior Jeff Gaudette (Biddeford, ME). Tarpy, a First Team All-Ivy selection last season, was Brown's top finisher at both the 2002 Heps and New England Championships, placing sixth overall at both meets. Gaudette was the Bears top finisher at last season's NCAA Regional meet, placing 18th out of a field of 223 runners. He also faired well during the track season, winning the outdoor 10k Heps title.
Senior Erik Churchill (Phoenixville, PA) will also be a strong leader for the team. After a successful cross country season, Churchill followed up with a notable outdoor campaign, where he placed in the top ten at the Heps in the 10k.
With many of the athletes training hard on their own over the summer, Gregorek feels the Bears will do well if they stay poised throughout the season and feed off the leadership from the veteran athletes they possess.
Brown opens up the 2003 campaign on Sept. 12 in Franklin Park, MA where it will face Harvard, Providence, Bentley, Iona, New Hampshire and Boston College.