Providence, RI – The 2010 outdoor track and field season kicks off this Saturday at the Northeastern Invitational. A small group will compete this weekend while others will focus on training until April. This week, BrownBears.com will preview each event group as they prepare for competition.
The 2009 outdoor season and was highlighted by 5 Heps Individual Titles, 9 All-Ivy Team Honorees, 11 athletes qualifying for the NCAA Regional Meet, 3 athletes qualifying for the NCAA Championships, and 1 All-American performance. In 2010, the team is focused on scoring as many points as possible at the Ivy League Championships, and building upon the number of NCAA Regional and National qualifiers from last year.
Coming off of her Indoor Ivy League Title, senior captain Danielle Grunloh is excited by the team’s level of focus.
“The team is coming off of solid indoor performances, and we are all very excited to see what we are each capable of this coming outdoor season,” she said. “We are in great physical shape to perform at our best this season. As long as we keep a positive attitude, things should work in our favor these next few months.”
In 2009 the Brown track program was all but satisfied with its fourth place men’s finish and fifth place women’s finish at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships. Coming off the indoor season, the men’s and women’s teams are raising the bar of expectations. With the guidance from the coaching staff and captains, the level of intensity is certainly on the rise.
Fellow senior captains Bryan Powlen and Ariel Wright expressed their excitement for the outdoor season.
“It will be very exciting to gain the events we are strong in which we show strength at the Ivy League and National levels,” said Powlen. “Outdoor season is so much better for us because we drop some events where we don’t have the depth in that we need and we gain throwing, sprinting, and longer distance events ( 3K steeple and 10k) where we will score the majority of our points. Having the javelin, hammer, discus, 100, 200, 4x100, 3K steeplechase, and 10k will be a huge point swing in our favor.
Both the men’s and women’s team have several individuals looking to finish at the top of the Ivy League and improve their places on the NCAA descending order lists from the indoor season.
“Leaving Dartmouth after the indoor championships, we had already begun looking ahead to outdoors with goals in mind, and increasing expectations for the potential of our team's future,” added Wright. We are taking the program in a new direction, and incorporating new strategies, that we expect will be reflected in improved performances throughout the outdoor season. “
Powlen added, “The entire team is on the same page. Everyone is focused and ready for the upcoming season. It’s very exciting to see where our coaches will lead us.”
Stay tuned to Brownbears.com for tomorrow’s preview of the throws squad.