Craker's School Record in the Weight Throw Paces Brown at the USATF New England Indoor Championships

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS – The Brown women's track and field program competed in the USATF New England Indoor Championships at Harvard's Gordon Track on Sunday, February 17. The meet attracted athletes from Boston University, Dartmouth College, the Greater Boston Track Club and several other teams, and also served as Brown's final competition before the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships next weekend.

The highlight of the meet was senior co-captain Lacey Craker's (Baraboo, WI) performance in the weight throw.  Her heave of 61'2.25" (18.65m) not only won the event, but also set a new Brown school record. The prior mark was held by Brynn Smith '11 who threw 60'2.5" in 2009.

"Lacey has been incredibly consistent this season and we all knew she was ready to break out," said interim director of track & field Tim Springfield. "I can't say I was surprised, but a meter PR is definitely impressive. Lacey has worked incredibly hard over her career and it's great to see her continue to develop."

Freshman Josephine Darpolor (Pecos, TX) was also impressive, taking third in the weight throw with a personal best toss of 54'11.25" (16.74m). She also won the individual title in the shot put with a mark of 14.62m, leading a Brown sweep of the event, as Victoria Buhr (Cheboygan, MI) claimed second with a mark of 12.74m and Heather Vermillion (Visalia, CA) grabbed third with a throw of 12.44m.

The jumps squad produced another win and several strong performances for the Bears, with Hannah Wallace (Whitefish Bay, WI) clearing 3.70m (12'1.5") in the pole jump for first place.  Freshman Morayo Akande (Robinson, IL) placed second in the high jump, leaping 1.68m, and Uzoamaka Okoro (Darien, IL) earned fourth in the triple jump with a mark of 11.22m.

Emmaline Suchland
(Seattle, WA) led the sprints squad, taking second place in the 60m dash with a time of 7.79s.  Junior Colby Lubman (Commack, NY) opened up her indoor season, racing to fourth in the 60m dash with a time of 7.93s and third in the 200m dash, crossing in 25.67s.

"It was really nice to have Colby back competing after being banged up for a few weeks," said Springfield. "She was able to knock some of the rust off and get herself in a good position for Heps next weekend."

In the distance events, the Bears placed a pack of runners in the 3000m.  Victoria O'Neil (Boise, ID) crossed the line in 10:18 to take fifth, and both Elizabeth Ryan (Farmington, CT) and Emily McGurrin (Manlius, NY) finished in 10:34 to finish sixth and seventh, respectively.

Brown's track and field program returns to Gordon Track on February 23rd and 24th for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships, with events starting at 11am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday.