May 6, 2007
Princeton, NJ -
Freshman sensation Thelma Breezeatl (Manassas, VA) defended her title from this past winter as the fastest woman in the Ivy League by not only winning today's 100 meter dash, but breaking the 23 year old meet record. A slew of other impressive individual performances amassed to Brown's third place finish at this year's Outdoor Heptagonal Championships. Brown earned a total of 97 points, just behind winner Cornell's 179, and runner-up Princeton's 122.
Breezeatl ran the 100 meter dash in a swift 11.75, breaking the standing meet record, as well as the current school record. The former record was held by Jaylon White '05. Breezeatl's time qualified her for the NCAA regional meet. Junior Akilah King (Medford, MA) placed fifth in the 100, with a time of 11.97.
King came back to win the 200 meter dash in 24.04, followed by Breezeatl in second in 24.55. Senior Lauren Hale (Warren, RI) placed sixth in the 200 in 24.95. Senior Cheryl Scott (Atco, NJ) finished sixth in the 400 meter run in 56.42. Sophomore Dianna Anderson (Verona, NJ) placed third in the 100 meter hurdles with her 14.36 run.
Sophomore Lindsay Kahn (Port Jefferson, NY) placed second in the 3,000 meter steeplechase in 10:33.23 with a dramatic come from behind finish. Kahn's time qualifies her for the NCAA regional meet. Senior Naja Ferjan (Ljubljana, Slovenia) finished fourth in the 800 meter run in 2:12.39. Freshman Jenna Ridgway (Santa Barbara, CA) placed fifth in the 5,000 meter run in 17:27.1.
The relays were highlighted by Brown's second place finish in the 4x100 meter relay. Breezeatl, King, Scott, and Hale together ran a cumulative time of 46.96. The 4x400 meter relay of King, Scott, senior Natasha Barrett (Miami, FL), and freshman Jasmine Chukwueke (San Diego, CA) finished fourth in 3:47.84. The 4x800 meter relay of Ferjan, junior Smita Gupta (Tulsa, OK), junior Hannah Nichols (Hinesburg, VT) and freshman Brooke Giuffre (Carlsbad, CA) finished fifth in 9:05.53.
In the field, King placed second in the triple jump with a 41-01.5 effort. King's jump ranks her third on the Brown top ten performance list, and qualifies her for the NCAA regional meet. Sophomore Ali Mumford (Gresham, OR) placed sixth in the javelin with a 121-07 throw. Freshman Danielle Grunloh (Effingham, IL) finished third in the discus with a 145-02 throw, followed by junior Sarah Groothius (Aurora, NE) in fifth with a 132-09 throw.
The Bears will return to Princeton next weekend for the ECAC Championship meet, which is taking place from May 11-13.