Providence, RI- The Brown University women's track & field team combined for 173 points to capture the Brown Invitational team title on Saturday afternoon. The Bears defeated seven teams, and picked up multiple titles and personal records throughout the day.
"The family and alumni presence was a great addition to the day," said Director of Track & Field Michelle Eisenreich. "Being able to share the afternoon with them was a highlight for the students and staff. The field sizes and quality in each event provided for strong competition but a succinct meet. The officials and volunteers kept everything running smoothly. It was a great day."
Lauren Waterbury earned the 400m dash title with a 54.58 and Efe Cudjoe finished fourth with a 58.40. The Bears also locked up sixth through eighth place finishes, with Kayla Tyrell placing sixth (58.41), Megan Palmer in seventh (58.48) and Tess Plant-Thomas in eighth (58.49).
"John Spooney setting a two-second PR in the 400, the women's 4x100 dropping a second from their season's best, Lauren Waterbury running an outdoor PR in the 400, and then Colby Lubman to drop down to the 100 and 200 and set PRs in both when her primary event is the 400, were all highlights for sure," said sprints/hurdles coach Marc Mangiacotti. "I think the whole group did a nice job of competing and can take some things into the coming weekends to keep improving."
Freshman Alex Stanton won the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:02.30 and the Bears' 4x400m relay team won the title with a time of 3:50.27. Sophomore Brienna Crimmins picked up the long jump victory with a 5.39m distance, while senior Jara Crear finished fourth (5.23m) and Nealy Williams earned fifth (5.16m).
Junior Lacey Craker earned the discus title with a solid 44.26m throw, and sophomore Jessica Eason came in right behind with a second place toss of 37.55m. Craker came in second on the hammer throw (53.39m) and freshman Heather Vermillion placed third with a 49.94m throw. Also obtaining a title was sophomore Holleigh Bergstrom, who threw 39.97m in the javelin.
Sophomore Colby Lubman finished in third place in the 100m dash running it in 12.18 seconds, and earned another third place finish in the 200m dash with a time of 25.11 seconds. Also competing was freshman Jordan DeLoach, who finished in sixth (25.55) and senior Susan Scavone in 13th (26.36).
"I thought our whole middle distance group did a nice job of putting together competitive races," said women's distance coach Mitchell Baker. "They are young and I've been pretty conservative with their training and racing, so to see Sasha get a lifetime PR and some of the group dip down and run well in the 400 showed good progress."
Leading Brown in the 800 was Sasha Teninty with a 2:16.02 for fifth place, and Bree Shugarts finished ninth with a 2:19.15. Shugarts ran the one-mile run and picked up second place with a 4:49.95. Rosie Fleming ran the race is 5:01.50 to finish sixth.
"Bree Shugarts had a real nice breakthrough in the full mile, an event typically reserved for the indoor season," added Baker. "Dipping under 4:50 will help her think that going under 4:30 in the traditional 1500-meters is very possible."
In the 100m hurdles, Scavone placed second with a 14.48, and DeLoach came in third with a 14.54. Brown's 4x100m relay finished in second (47.67).
In the field, freshman Gabriele Gennaci earned eighth in the high jump with a 1.55m distance, and junior Hannah Wallace led the Bears in the pole vault with a second place height of 3.50m. Coming in right behind Wallace was freshman Monica Pechanec with a 3.40m height and sophomore Hanna McPhee placed fourth with a 3.30m.
Sophomore Jessica Eason earned second in the shot put with a 12.79m throw, and Vermillion came in fourth with an 11.98m toss.