March 1, 2009
Cambridge, MA - Despite not having a full squad competing due to injuries, the Brown women's track & field team earned a solid fourth place finish at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships hosted at Harvard University this weekend. Cornell finished first overall with a 117.50, followed by Princeton (99), Harvard (79.50), Brown (65) and UPenn in fifth (54). In sixth was Columbia (42), followed by Dartmouth (41) and Yale (29).
"The people that did compete for us today really performed well," said Head Coach Craig Lake. "I couldn't be more proud of how we finished and all that we accomplished."
Highlighting the weekend was junior Danielle Grunloh (Effingham, IL) winning the shot put title with a three-foot personal best for a 50-10.75. Senior Nicole Burns (Newburgh, NY) also defended her 400m title, making her the third woman in the Ivy League to win the 400m three consecutive times. In fact, Burns has run the second fastest time in meet history (right behind Olympian Meredith Rainey). Burns also scored in the 200m with a 25.00 for fourth, which is a tough double having to run two rounds of trials before the finals.
Junior Anja Hergrueter had a breakout day for the Bruno, placing second for the squad with a jump of 5'7" and qualified for ECAC's. Sophomore Kesley Ramsey (Franklin Lakes, NJ) also turned in a solid performance bfor Brown in the 800, running a 2:11 to place fourth and came right back to help anchor the women's second place 4x800m relay in 2:12. The relay comprised of freshman leadoff Roseanne Flemming (Westlake Village, CA) with a 2:15 split who was the second highest freshman finisher in the open 800m with a personal best and ECAC qualifying time. Flemming then handed off to sophomore Michaeline Nelson (McLean, VA) who posted a 2:14 split, and then freshman Emily Mepham (Sudbury, MA) with a 2:16 split.
Two personal bests were recorded by sophomore Lauren Pischel (La Jolla, CA), the first in the 5k with a sixth place finish with a time of 17:09.07, which exceeded expectations and rankings heading into this weekend's meet. Then Pischel came back and gave 100 percent effort in the 3k, as she ran a personal best 10:02.45.
Freshman Susan Scavone ran a personal best to place fifth in the 60m hurdles in 8.94 seconds, despite not being seeded to score. Sophomore Brynn Smith (Saco, ME) followed right behind Grunloh in the shot put, earning second with a toss of 47-10.50. Smith also placed in the weight throw (53-04.50), as did senior Molly Hawksley (Rumford, RI) with a 51-02.75.