Providence, RI- The Brown University track and field program kicked off their 2012-13 indoor season yesterday afternoon at home on the newly renovated Alden Track in the Olney Margolies Athletic Center. The men's and women's team combined for 13 titles over competition from Providence College, Worcester State, Bryant University, URI, and Monroe College.
"We had many good things happen today, and it was great to see the team out competing after a hard fall of training," said Director of Track and Field Tim Springfield. "It was the first meet for our new coaches, J.J. Reise and Darcy Wilson, and I was extremely impressed with how well their athletes competed. I'm excited to see what both coaches can do this year and into the future.'
On the throws side, both senior co-captain Lacey Craker (Baraboo, WI) and freshman Kebbeh Darpolor (Pecos, TX) grabbed individual titles in their events. Craker claimed the weight throw win with a toss of 16.71m and Darpolor opened up with a 14.26m personal record in the shot put. Freshmen Matt O'Hara (Riverside, CA) and Phuong Truong (Tacoma, WA) each made finals in the weight throw in their collegiate competition debuts.
The jumps squad accounted for five event victories. For the men, wins were claimed through efforts by senior co-captain Kenneth Thompson (Riverdale, NY) in the triple jump, junior Sean Igelman (Medford, OR) in the pole vault, and sophomore Peter Rhodes (Atlanta, GA) in the long jump.
Senior Hannah Wallace (Whitefish Bay, WI) jumped 3.50m in the pole vault competition with teammate Monica Pechanec (Phillipsburg, NJ) following in second, and freshman O'Sha Williams (New York, NY) claimed first in the women's triple jump with a personal record effort. Additionally, the women went 1-2-3 in the triple jump as freshman Uzo Okoro (Darien, IL) claimed second, and sophomore Tina Liu (Wichita, KS) jumped to third.
"The jumpers and multis had a good opener. A bunch grabbed lifetime personal records and made adjustments throughout the competition," said women's distance coach Mitchell Baker. "They've been working their tails off and helping each other get better every day. As a staff, we couldn't ask or expect more from them. We're excited with where they are heading."
In the running events, senior Tess Plant-Thomas (San Diego, CA) ran to a victory in the 1000 meter run in 3:02, and both the women's and men's 4x400m relay squads snagged 1st place.
Other titles came from John Spooney (Northfield, OH) in the 60m dash, Tyler Benster (Mercer Island, WA) in the 800 m run, and Hunter Warwick (Monument, CO) in the 60m hurdles racing to a personal record of 8.48 seconds. Spooney made First Team All Ivy after the 2012 Indoor Heps Championships, and was the champion in both the 100m and 200m dashes at the outdoor Heps Championships.
The track and field team has a break in competition until January 12th when part of the squad returns for the Sorlien Invite in Kingston, RI.