May 9, 2010

Bears Hold on For Second Place Finish at Ivy League Heptagonal Championship

Princeton, NJ- The Brown University women's track & field team finished in second place with 132 points during the 2010 outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championship hosted at Princeton University at Weaver Track & Field Stadium this afternoon.  The Bears fell just 14.5 points behind champion Cornell, but stunned the league with its outstanding performances across the board. Numerous athletes moved into Brown's all-time Top 10 list, and both Brynn Smith and Danielle Grunloh set new meet records!  Smith crushed an Ivy League record in the hammer throw and Grunloh dominated in the shot put breaking the meet record.

"I am extremely proud of how are athletes represented Brown University and our program this weekend," said Interim Director of Track & Field Michelle Eisenreich. "Our team not only impressed the league but went out and competed for one another with incredible character."

The Brown jumpers/throwers did a phenomenal job once again as Smith highlighted the afternoon with her huge throw of 199-08 in the hammer throw, which is the farthest throw an Ivy League athlete has ever recorded.  Freshman Lacey Craker followed behind Smith with a fourth place throw of 166-11.

Grunloh prevailed in the shot put with a throw of 53-03.75 (16.25m) to bring home the title and break the Brown University school record, and also set a new meet record.  The previous record was set by former Bear, Amber Knighten, who tossed a 52-10 (16.10m) in 2001. Smith followed just behind Grunloh with a throw of 51-06.25 for second place.  Freshman Victoria Buhr also turned in a solid mark, tossing a 44-10.75 to secure fifth place.

Freshman Lacey Craker earned the discus throw title with a 150-00, and Buhr followed with a throw of 149-08 for second place honors.  Rachel Biblo earned second place in the triple jump with a leap of 40-02.25, and Shannon Stone came in fourth place with a mark of 40-01.50. 

In the javelin, senior Katie Wood recorded a third place throw of 131-07, and junior Natasha Smith finished fourth with a 124-10.   And also turning in a solid performance for Bruno was Hannah Wallace, who placed third in the pole vault with a height of 12-01.50 to place fifth.

The Brown runners also turned in some solid performances this weekend.  Brown's 4x800m relay ran a stellar time of 8:52.35 to place first overall, as Lauren Pischel brought home a second place finish in the 10,000m run with a time of 35:19.76 and also finished fourth in the 5,000m run with a 16:50.74.

Susan Scavone posted a time of 14.31 seconds in the 100m hurdles to earn second place and rank seventh all-time at Brown.   Junior Brielle Beaudette earned eighth place in the 400m dash with a 57.77, and Kesley Ramsey finished in eighth in the 1,500m run with a time of 4:45.83. 

Senior Ariel Wright won the 5,000m run with a time of 16:37.22 and became the first Brown University woman to win that since 1984. She also went on to finish fourth overall in the 3,000m run with a 9:54.84, and was followed by teammate Megan Fitzpatrick in fifth with a time of 9:57.45.

Team Results:

  1. Cornell – 146.50
  2. Brown – 132
  3. Columbia – 129
  4. Princeton  -125.50
  5. Penn – 86
  6. Dartmouth – 38
  7. Harvard  - 33
  8. Yale – 23