February 11, 2006

Two New School Records Highlight St. Valentine's Invite For Bears

Feb. 10, 2006

Boston, MA-- The women's track & field team competed at Boston University's St. Valentine's Invitational on Friday, February 10. The meet is open to professional, college and unaffiliated competitors, making for great competition. It was a good day for the Bears as two school records fell during the day-long competition.

Senior Anna Willard (Greenwood, ME) won the 1000m and broke a nineteen-year old school record in the process with her time of 2:52.88. Also cracking the top spot on Brown's indoor lists was the distance medley relay team of Willard, freshman Kat D'Auria (Norwich, CT), senior co-captain Kelly Powell (East Patchogue, NY), and junior Naja Ferjan (Ljubljana, Slovenia). Their time of 11:40.03 broke the previous record set in 1999 by four seconds.

In the sprints, freshman Nicole Burns (Newburgh, NY) continued her early success by placing ninth overall in the 400m with a time of 56.91. Junior Naja Ferjan (Ljubljana, Slovenia) was sixth in the 800m with a time of 2:11.81.

Sophomore Smita Gupta (Tulsa, OK) placed thirteenth in the mile (5:02.46) and senior Jilane Rodgers (Brea, CA) was fourteenth in the 5000m (17:30.77).

On the field, senior co-captain Brittany Grovey (Hobbs, NM) took sixth in the long jump (5.38m/17'8"). Sophomore Tiffany Chang (Lafeyette, CA) was ninth in the pole vault (3.51m/11'6.25").

The final highlight of the day came when the Bears' 4x400m relay won in a time of 3:49.29.

The team will next compete at USATF's New England Championships in Cambridge, MA on February 18.

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