Track & Field Competes at IC4A/ECAC Championship at Princeton

Princeton, NJ- The Brown track & field teams competed at the IC4A/ECAC Championship hosted at Princeton this weekend at the Weaver Track & Field Stadium.

In the ECAC Championships, the Brown women's track & field team finished in the top-10 of four finals.

The Brown throwers had a solid outing as Lacey Craker led the Bears with a fourth place toss in the hammer throw with a distance of 184-01. She also competed in the discus and earned 27th with a 138-01 mark.

Niina Al-Hassan placed eighth in the javelin with a 142-07, as did the 4x800m relay squad comprised of Megan Palmer, Sasha Teninty, Tess Plant-Thomas and Rosie Fleming. The relay team clocked in at 9:06.98.

"This group really jelled throughout the spring, with their performances peaking last week at the Heps Championships," said women's distance coach Mitchell Baker.  "I'm really excited about the returners from this relay and so thankful for all of the work that Rosie and her cross country co-captain, Rachel Baker, did for the team the last four years in keeping our culture strong."

Also earning an eighth place mark was Hannah Wallace, who finished with a 12-04.75 height in the pole vault. Heather Vermillion placed 15th for the Bears in the hammer throw with a 170-09, and Jessica Eason earned 22nd in the shot put with a 40-02.75.

"Hannah's performance was very impressive after an intense conference meet last week where she scored third overall," said Baker.  "She actually cleared the same height this week as those two that beat her last week, and her PR today ranks #2 in Brown's history. It was a strong finish to the season."

On the track, Margaret Connelly finished in 16th in the 5,000m run crossing the finish line in 16:59.01, and Ari Garber followed with a 17:23.78 for 23rd place.

"Given that Margaret missed training before and after the Stanford Invitational in early April, she did a commendable job of bouncing back at the end of the season," said Baker.  "She raced well at Heps last weekend and again this weekend. I know she had hoped for a big breakthrough today, but I was proud of the fact that she put herself in the front and made a bid for a fast time. She's taken herself to a different level over the past 8 months and I'm excited to see her progress in the coming two years."

"Ari was a bit worn out from her great scoring performance at Heps last week," added Baker.  If she continues competing after Brown, I know she's ready for even greater breakthroughs."

In the IC4As, Daniel Smith finished with a 10th place toss in the shot put with a 54-05.50 distance, and also placed 28th in the discus with a 153-07.

Nick Keeling earned 17th in the javelin with a 187-06, and Evan Weinstock finished in 22nd place with a 172-11. Courtland Clavette finished just ahead of Smith in the discus throw with a 155-02 to place 27th.

On the track, John Spooney was 15th in the 100m dash preliminaries, and also placed sixth in the 200m dash finals clocking in at 21.57 seconds.