Women's Outdoor Track and Field Preview

March 29, 2005

Providence, RI - The women's track and field team is looking for another strong outdoor season after finishing second at the outdoor Heptagonal Championships last year. The team hopes to finish in the top three this year. Heps will be held in New York, hosted by Columbia.

However, before Heps, the team will compete at some key meets that will provide an accurate assessment of their conditioning. Both the Brown Invitational, to be held on April 16 in Providence, and the Penn Relays, on April 28 in Philadelphia, will provide excellent competition for the Bears.

All event groups have potential scorers for the team this year. In the throws, senior co-captain Jill Lynch (Racine, WI) will continue to provide leadership. Lynch will be a threat to win the league in both the shot put and discus. Scorer Jennifer Donahue (Winter Park, FL) also returns after placing fourth at outdoor Heps last year in the hammer throw. Sophomore Laura Dudek (West Warren, MA) will look to defend her league title in the javelin, and to improve upon her school record of 145'6".

In the jumps, senior Ashley Wall (Ellicott City, MD) will be a consistent scoring threat in both the long jump and the high jump. Wall placed second in the long jump and third in the high jump at indoor Heps. Junior Brittany Grovey (Hobbs, NM) will look to continue her domination of the league in the triple jump after her wins during the indoor season. Grovey is also looking to defend her outdoor Heps title. Sophomore Brooke Wolfe (Perkasie, PA) may also bring in points for Bruno in the triple jump after breaking into Brown's all-time top ten in the event last season. Wolfe is also a multis athlete for the Bears. Senior Dominique Bosa-Edwards (Las Vegas, NV) will be another triple jump threat after finishing fourth at last year's Heps. In the pole vault, sophomore Allison Brager (Youngstown, OH) holds promise after finishing sixth in the event at last year's Heps. Adding depth to Brown's vaulting squad is transfer student Janea Russ (El Cajon, CA).

In the sprints, senior Jaylon White (Minneapolis, MN) returns for her final campaign. White is the school record holder in the 100m (11.87), so she will be in contention for both the 100m and 200m titles. Senior Fara Kitton (Bellmore, NY) also returns for her final campaign. Last year, she placed third in the 100mH at Heps, and was part of the third place 4x100 relay team. Kitton was also third in the Heps indoor 60mH this year. Freshman Akilah King (Medford, MA) looks promising in the 400m, with a PR of 56.4. Junior Emily Lewis-LaMonica (Lawrenceville, NJ) will be a threat in the 400mH this year. Last spring, she came into Heps ranked second in the league in the event.

Middle distance runner Naja Ferjan (Ljubljana, Slovenia) looks to continue her success on the track in the 800m. Ferjan is another Brown athlete who will be looking to defend her title, after her win last year (2:07.64). Joining her in the 800 this year will be junior co-captain Kelly Powell (Patchogue, NY). Veteran Anna Willard (Greenwood, ME) also returns. Willard will be looking to keep her spot on the 4x800 relay. Willard has the capability to bring in points in distances anywhere from 800m to 3000m. In the longer distances, sophomore Michol Monaghan (Uniontown, PA) holds promise after her sixth place finish in the 5000m at indoor Heps. Senior Julie Komosinski (San Diego, CA) may also be able to step up and bring in some points in the 1500m.

The Bears will get their first taste of outdoor competition this weekend during their spring trip to Florida. They will be competing at the University of South Florida Invitational in Tampa. Their first meet back in the northeast will take place on April 9 at the University of Connecticut Invitational in Storrs, CT.