Five Bears Earn All-Ivy Honors as Women’s Track & Field Earns Third at Ivy Championships
Philadelphia, PA- The Brown University women's track & field team compiled 94 points to place third at the 2012 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championship hosted at the University of Pennsylvania this weekend.
Cornell garnered the title with 158 points, followed by Princeton (134), Dartmouth (89) in fourth, Penn (79) in fifth, Harvard (71) in sixth, Columbia (66) in seventh and Yale (22) came in eighth.
"Our performances were a testament to a lot of hard work over the past eight months," said Director of Track & Field Michelle Eisenreich. "The women have matured as competitors as they've developed consistency in their training. Those carrying on to the ECAC and NCAA are ready to keep it rolling."
"We trained to race at this level, but performing when it counts represents the biggest challenge of championship racing," said women's distance coach Mitchell Baker. "We took nearly all of the opportunities that came our way this weekend, which is very satisfying for the group."
Heidi Caldwell won the 5,000m run and picked up first team All-Ivy honors with a 16:18.89, and teammate Olivia Mickle finished in fourth with a 16:34.02. Mickle also finished in second place (34:33.60) in the 10,000m run to earn second team All-Ivy accolades.
"Heidi had to dig deep to pull out the 5k championship," said Baker. "She didn't feel her best but found a way against some great competition. I am really proud of her composure."
"Olivia did a great job of staying relaxed and just letting the races come to her," added Baker. "Grabbing All-Ivy honors in the 10k and a PR in the 5k was a nice bonus, and both were big points for the team."
Susan Scavone came in third place in the 100m hurdles with a 14.27, and Jordan DeLoach finished in sixth with a 14.48. In the 400m hurdles, Alexandra Stanton crossed the finish line in 1:02.01 to come in sixth.
Bree Shugarts earned eighth in the 1,500-meter run with a 4:27.28, and senior Rosie Fleming picked up 10th place with a 4:33.43.
"Given the quality of the field, Rosie and Bree were long-shots to qualify to the next round of the 1500m," noted Baker. "They had to beat some great athletes to make the final, which is exactly what they did. It was arguably the most competitive final in Ivy League history, so to run at or set new PR's while challenging to score were great efforts by them."
Ari Garber and Margaret Conelly earned sixth and seventh place finishes, respectively, in the 3,000m run. Garber led with a 9:38.54 and Connelly came in with a 9:38.55.
"In her final attempt, Ari scored at the Heps meet for the first time in her career," said Baker. "I am extremely proud of her and Margaret, who finished right behind her in the 3k, as they both bounced back from injury or sickness this spring. It's fitting they finished together and will now go after a fast 5k next weekend at ECAC's."
The Bears' 4x100m relay team finished in fourth (47.15), and the 4x400m relay squad earned fifth.
In the field, junior Lacey Craker won the hammer throw title with a 182-11 to earn first team All-Ivy honors. She then garnered second team All-Ivy accolades in the discus with a second-place toss of 155-00. Also, sophomore Niina Al-Hassan captured the javelin title with a 154-10 to earn first team All-Ivy.
Jocelyn West finished ninth in the high jump (5-02.50), and Hannah Wallace tied for third place in the pole vault with a 12-01.50. Jara Crear earned a 18-10.00 distance to finish third in the long jump and Jessica Eason threw a 43-09.00 to earn fifth in the shot put.