Bears Earn Team Championship at Joe Donahue Collegiate Indoor Games
Boston, MA – The Brown women's track & field team captured the team title with 118.33 points at the Joe Donahue Collegiate Indoor Games hosted at Northeastern's Reggie Lewis Center. Highlighting the meet was 22 scoring performances, six event champions, five scorers in the 3,000m and three scorers in the 55m hurdles.
Finishing behind the Bears was Northeastern with 112.83 points, followed by Vermont (83), UMass Amherst (73.33), Holy Cross (54.50) and nine other teams.
On the track, Lauren Waterbury claimed the 200-meter dash title in 25.20 seconds, and was followed by Colby Lubman's sixth place time of 25.75. Anna Boughtwood earned seventh place in the 400m (1:00.03), and Elena Venable finished in sixth in the 500m dash with a 1:20.31.
"I was pleased with the way that Shugarts stayed relaxed in the mile, a race that she hasn't considered her primary event," said Brown women's distance coach Mitchell Baker. "Her win should give her a lot of confidence going forward."
In the 3,000m run, Brown's Heidi Caldwell earned the title with a 9:41.84, and Margaret Connelly came in right behind in second place with a 9:52.05. Ari Garber earned fourth place with a 9:54.64, Olivia Mickle (9:55.65) in fifth and Elaine Kuckertz (10:16.45) in sixth.
"In the 3000, Garber, Mickle, Connelly, and Caldwell worked together at a level that we never quite reached in cross country," added Baker. "It was nice to see them squeeze down the last 1000-meters as we planned but still stay within range of each other. There's still a lot of work to be done but the progress is clear. They are beginning to make a great training and racing group."
In the 55-meter hurdles, Susan Scavone claimed the title with in 8.04 seconds as teammates Jordan Deloach (8.30) followed behind with a third place finish, and Nealy Williams (8.68) placed seventh.
"Susan Scavone did an excellent job for the second straight week in the hurdles," said sprints coach Marc Mangiacotti. "Jordan DeLoach added depth to the hurdle event as well. The women did a great job in the 200 led by Lauren Waterbury who won the event."
Rounding out the events on the track was Brown's 4x400m relay team that won the title with a dominating 3:52.15. Holy Cross, who came in second place, finished with a time of 4:01.09.
In the field events. Jocelyn West earned eighth in the high jump, and Hannah Wallace placed fifth in the pole vault with a 3.35m height. Jara Crear finished in second place in the long jump with a 5.42m distance, and in the shot put, Jessica Eason (12.99m) finished in second, and Heather Vermillion (12.38m) finished in sixth. Rounding out the field events was Lacey Craker's third place toss of 15.90m in the weight throw.
Photo of Heidi Caldwell by Dan Grossman/Maple Leaf Photos