March 30, 2013

Track & Field Kicks Off Stanford Invite

STANFORD, Calif. – Senior Lacey Cracker (Baraboo, Wis.) finished third overall in the hammer, a trio of men's runners put up impressive results and senior Olivia Mickle (Sacramento, Calif.) broke a school record as several members of the Brown track & field teams took part in the first day of the Stanford Invitational on Friday at Cobb Track. 

"I'm very pleased with our performances today," said Tim Springfield, Interim Director of Track and Field. "Lacey continued her PR spree, and got some great experience competing successfully in a national-level field.  She actually threw 59.03 twice, and I think she knows that there's even more there"

Cracker was the top collegiate finisher in the hammer with a personal-best toss of 193-08. Cracker's throw marks the second-best in school history and stands as the second-best toss in the Ivy League this season.

Mickle won her section in the 10,000 meters in a time of 33:52.49 to break her own school record in the event.

"Olivia ran an extremely strong race," said Springfield. "She took the lead at 5k and just ran away from an accomplished field. Her hard work over the last year has allowed her to progress to a new level. I'm excited to see how far she can go this season."

On the men's side, freshman Ned Willig (Phoenixville, Pa.) finished fourth in his section of the 1,500 meters in 3:45.53, marking the top time in the league this season and eighth-best ever in the history of the program.

"Willig showed tremendous promise in his first-ever 1500m race," said Springfield. He didn't have ideal position early in the race, but he didn't panic and moved up very nicely over the last 400m. He has excellent closing ability and he showed that today against a stellar field."

Also in the 1,500 meters, Eric Berg (Seattle, Wash.) took 10th in the second section in a time of 3:49.61, while Kevin Cooper (Waterford, Ireland) finished 10th in the third section in a time of 3:50.68.

"It's important to the program that we continue to compete successfully against national level competition," said Springfield. "We did that today and the program took a step forward."

The Bears wrap up competition at the Stanford Invitational on Friday, March 30 at Cobb Track.