March 12, 2006

Brittany Grovey Named All-American

March 12, 2006

Fayetteville, AR - Full Results

Senior co-captain Brittany Grovey (Hobbs, NM) will return to Providence today as an All-American Brown Bear. Despite competing with a stress fracture, her ninth-place triple jump effort yesterday at the NCAA Division I Championships placed her among the top-eight Americans at Nationals, earning her the honor.

"Brittany came in seeded tenth," said Director of Track and Field and Cross Country Craig Lake. "She exceeded expectations, made the finals and placed ninth, knowing she has more in her as well."

Grovey, named the Northeast Region's Field Athlete of the Year by the USA Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association, hit 43-1.75 in the competition. The mark was about three inches shy of her school and Heptagonal Championship record set on February 25.

Grovey joins the distance medley relay team of junior Naja Ferjan, sophomore Akilah King, co-captain Kelly Powell, and senior Anna Willard as Brown's most recent All-Americans (see below for yesterday's recap).

The Bears will open their outdoor season on March 25 in West Point, NY at the Army Invitational.




March 11, 2006- The distance medley relay squad will return to Providence with All-American honors after competing at the NCAA Division I Championships on Friday.

"I could not be more proud of or excited for our women," said Director of Track and Field Craig Lake. "They entered the weekend seeded ninth and placed eighth (to grab the last All-American spot)." The team timed in officially at 11:20.10.

The quartet, composed of junior Naja Ferjan (Ljubljana, Slovenia), sophomore Akilah King (Medford, MA), senior co-captain Kelly Powell (East Patchogue, NY) and senior Anna Willard (Greenwood, ME) traveled to Fayetteville, Arkansas after qualifying at the ECAC Championships on March 5.

"It was truly a team effort," Lake said. "Naja and Anna ran terrific legs (at ECACs) to help the team qualify for Nationals, and then Akilah and Kelly both came through and set personal bests at Nationals to lead us to All-American status."

Ferjan led off for the team, running the 1200 in 3:29, despite almost falling at the start after being elbowed. She kept her composure after the incident, and worked her way back up throughout her six laps to keep the Bears within striking distance. Ferjan has been the core of the middle distance squad since her arrival in the fall of 2003 and can now add All-American status to her individual 800-meter Heptagonal Championship titles.

King stepped onto the track next for Bruno, and after grabbing the baton from Ferjan, set out on the 400-meter leg of the relay. King, the Heptagonal runner-up in both the 400-meter and in the 200-meter dashes, blazed to a 55.0 split.

Powell has led her team off the track as co-captain for the past two years, and this weekend proved that she can lead on the track as well. Her time of 2:10 in the 800-meter leg was a personal best and two seconds faster than her split at the ECACs, and the same amount faster than when she scored at the Heps in the event. Despite the jostling in the beginning of the race, the efforts of King and Powell had moved the squad into ninth place.

Willard, coming off her 1600-meter split of 4:41 last weekend, steadily closed the gap to Tennessee's Sarah Bowerman, who was running in eighth-place, throughout her anchor leg. Willard, third at Heps in the mile, passed Bowerman and crossed in 4:45, sealing the deal for Bruno.