Brown Women Place Second at Heptagonal Championships

Feb. 25, 2007

New York, NY - The women's track and field team took second place in the Heptagonal Championships this weekend, with 71 points. Cornell won their sixth straight team title with 159 points. The Bears scored in nine different events, including first place finishes in the 60 meter dash, and 400 meter run.

After setting a meet record in yesterday's preliminaries, freshman Thelma Breezeatl (Manassas, VA) captured the 60 meter title with a 7.58 performance today. Breezeatl also scored four points in the 200 meter, with a fourth place 25.09 finish. Junior Akilah King (Medford, MA) placed fifth in the event with a 25.10 run.

Sophomore Nicole Burns (Newburgh, NY) won the 400 meter run in 54.28. Burns was seeded first going into the finals, after winning yesterday's semifinals. King finished third in the event in 56.27, earning 3 points. Burns' time in the 400 meter ranks her second all time on Brown's indoor top ten performance list.

Sophomore Dianna Anderson placed sixth in the 60 meter hurdles in 9.11.

Senior Naja Ferjan (Ljubljana, Slovenia) placed third in the 800 meter run with a 2.08.77 effort. Ferjan's time ties her with the indoor school record set by Mary Hale `02.

Freshman Ariel Wright (Oakland, CA) picked up a point in the 3,000 meter run by placing sixth in 9:38.87. Junior Smita Gupta (Tulsa, OK) was close behind in seventh in 9:39.72. Gupta also finished sixth in the mile, with a 4:53.19 run.

In the relays, Brown earned eight points in the 4x1600, by placing second. Burns, King, Cheryl Scott '07 (Atco, NJ), and Jasmine Chukwueke '10 (San Diego, CA) ran a 3:44.65, good for second on the Brown top ten list. Ferjan, Brooke Giuffre '10 (Carlsbad, CA), Kat D'Auria '09 (Norwich, CT), and Hannah Nichols '08 (Hinesburg, VT) placed fifth in the 4x3200 meter relay in 9:03.65.

Freshman Danielle Grunloh (Effingham, IL) placed third in the shot put with a 42-08.00 throw. Grunloh earned six points for the Bears. Freshman Jenna Silver (Elmhurst, IL) placed sixth in the event with a 41-08.50 throw.

This marks the end of the season for the majority of the team. Some athletes will continue on to the ECAC championship meet on March 3rd, and 4th in Boston, MA while others will begin to prepare for the upcoming spring track season.

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