January 17, 2011

Indoor Track & Field Season Outlook: Sprints

Providence, RI- The future for Brown University's sprint squad is bright. With a small group of graduating seniors, the team is working incredibly hard to fulfill its potential during this indoor season.

Returners

Senior Brielle Beaudette will provide quality depth for the women's sprint squad. Brielle's range in the sprints will help the team in the 200m, 400m, 500m, and 4 x 400m relay.

"While the focus always seems to be on the outdoor season, right now we need to stay focused on indoors and ultimately fight for a top three finish at Heps (the Ivy League championship meet)," said Beaudette. "We came in fifth at last year's indoor Heps, which I know no one was too happy about. The goal this year is definitely to move up in the rankings as a team and put more points on the board as a sprint squad. We are small in number, but we have the capability to score big if we train right over the next month and a half. As a senior, I have always wanted to win the 4x400 relay and I think this year we have a team that can do it."

Junior Susan Scavone, a two-year Ivy League scorer indoors, is set to have a great season. She established a new personal best of 8.80 seconds in the 60m Hurdles and qualified for the ECAC Championships last winter. Her time is the 6th fastest in Brown University history.

On the men's side, senior Mike Mazerik looks to build on his successful indoor season last year in which he finished 6th in the 60m dash with a personal best of 6.97. That time qualified him for the IC4A Championships.

Senior Marc Howland looks to improve his time in the 60m. Last winter Marc ran 6.92 in the 60m dash. His time ranks him 6th overall in Brown University history.

Sophomores Nate Elder and Zach Keefer are hopeful of scoring points in the 500m at the conference and regional championships. As a freshman, Nate made the final in the 500m last year.

The Freshmen

The sprints squad has a solid group of freshman that is looking to contribute to the team in 2011. These rookies stem from all over the United States.

John Spooney (Northfield Center, OH) who the winner at 100m at the Midwest Meet of Champions. His personal bests include 60m 6.92, 100m 10.86, 200m 21.79, and 400m 49.51.

Ajani Brown (Frisco, Texas) who placed fourth at the UIL State Track and Field Championships in the 400m. His personal best in the 400m is 48.49.

Jonathan Hilgart (Newton, NJ) was a member of the second place sprint medley team at the Outdoor National Meet. Jon was a 5th place finisher in the 100m at the NJSIAA Group Meet. His personal bests include 22.38 for the 200m and 11.08 for the 100m.

Samuel Howard (Lake Forest, IL) placed 5th at the IHSA State Meet in the 400m. His best time in the 400m is 49.31.

Colby Lubman (Commack, NY) was the St. Anthony's Invitational Champion at 400m and multiple time indoor and outdoor state qualifier in 300m and 400m. Her personal bests include 400m 55.68, 300m 40.09, and 55m 7.17.

Niina Al-Hassan (Pullman, WA) a two time Washington State champion at 300mIH. Niina looks to contribute to the short hurdles group, as well as, the long sprints.