February 24, 2007

Breezeatl Sets Meet Record at First Day of Heps

Feb. 24, 2007

New York, NY - The first day of the Heptagonal Championships included a third place finish and a meet record for the Brown women's track & field team. They are currently in eighth place with 5 points after day one. Seven athletes qualified for tomorrow's finals, some of whom qualified for finals in more than one event. Cornell is currently leading the competition with 54 points.

Freshman Thelma Breezeatl (Manassas, VA) broke a four year old meet record in the 60 meter dash with her 7.57 run. She is ranked first going into tomorrow's finals.

Sophomore Kristen Olds (Painesville, OH) tied for third place in the pole vault with a 11-9.75 jump. Olds earned five points for the Bears.

Sophomore Dianna Anderson (Verona, NJ) placed sixth in the 60 meter hurdles in 9.18, qualifying for the finals in the event.

Breezeatl and sophomore Nicole Burns (Newburgh, NY) both qualified for the finals after two preliminary rounds. Breezeatl placed second in the quarterfinals in 25.03, with Burns right behind in third in 25.20. In the semifinals, Burns took second in 24.73, with Breezeatl in third in 25.01.

Burns also competed in the 400 meter run, and placed first in the semifinals with a time of 54.59. Junior Akilah King (Medford, MA) placed third in today's race in 56.56, also qualifying for the finals.

Senior Naja Ferjan (Ljubljana, Slovenia) placed fourth in the semifinals of the 800 meter run, with a time of 2:12.00. Ferjan will race in the finals tomorrow.

Junior Smita Gupta (Tulsa, OK) qualified for tomorrow's mile finals, running a 4:50.60 today. Freshman Brooke Giuffre (Carlsbad, CA) also qualified with a tenth place, 4:54.60 finish.

The competition will continue tomorrow with the finals of the sprinting and middle distance events, plus the 5000 meter run and relays. The shot put, triple jump, and high jump will also take place tomorrow. The team's progress across the competition can be tracked from the following two websites:

ArmoryTrack.com

Heps Blog