April 22, 2007

Women Place Second at UConn Spring Outdoor Invite

April 22, 2007

Storrs, CT - The women's track team traveled to Connecticut this weekend to compete in the UConn Spring Outdoor Invitational. Freshman Thelma Breezeatl's (Manassas, VA) school record breaking run in the 100 meter dash helped lead the Bears to their second place finish. Brown earned 193 points, behind winner Uconn with 225.

Breezeatl placed second in the 100 meter dash in 11.82. The former record of 11.87 was held by Jaylon White '05. Senior Lauren Hale (Warren, RI) placed third in the race in 12.28. In the 200 meter dash, junior Akilah King (Medford, MA) placed second in 24.19, followed by Breezeatl in fifth in 24.48.

Junior Smita Gupta (Tulsa, OK) won the 800 meter run with a time of 2:13.21, followed by freshman Brooke Giuffre (Carlsbad, CA) in third in 2:16.92. Giuffre also placed second in the 1500 meter run in 4:37.44. Senior Madeleine Marecki (Morris, CT) placed fourth in the 5,000 meter run in 18:41.26.

The Bears placed second in the 4x400 meter relay in 4:03.79. They also finished second in the 4x100 meter relay with a 46.45 run.

Sophomore Kristen Olds (Painesville, OH) won the pole vault competition with an 11-06.25 jump. Freshman Cassandra Wong (Ridgewood, NJ) followed in third with an 11-00.25 jump. Senior Rikki Baldwin (Magnolia, TX) placed second in the long jump in 17-08.75. Senior Naja Ferjan (Ljubljana, Slovenia) placed third, making her collegiate jumping debut at 17-06.25. King placed second in the triple jump in 40-09.00.

In the throws, freshman Danielle Grunloh (Effingham, IL) placed second in the discus in 140-02, followed by junior Sarah Groothius (Aurora, NE) in third in 138-09. Grunloh's throw ranks her sixth on the Brown top ten performance list. Sophomore Ali Mumford (Gresham, OR) placed second in the javelin with a 131-09 throw. Sophomore Molly Hawksley (Rumford, RI) placed third in the hammer throw with a 156-08 throw, followed by sophomore Samantha Kuo (San Mateo, CA) in fourth in 147-02.

The Bears will be sending athletes from a variety of events to the prestigious Penn Relays which are to be held from April 26th until the 29th. Others will remain in Providence to compete in the final home meet of the season, the Brown Springtime Invitational on Sunday, April 29.