May 13, 2008
Providence, RI - Seven athletes from the men's and women's Track & Field team have earned All-Ivy honors after competing at the Heptagonal Championships hosted by Yale University last weekend. Two women and two men were named to the First Team, by virtue of their finishes at Heps, as three women and one male athlete earned Second Team All-Ivy recognition.
For the women, Brown junior Nicole Burns (Newburgh, NY) earned both First and Second Team All-Ivy honors, as Natasha Smith (Gloucester, MA) was named to the First Team as well. Senior Akilah King (Medford, MA) and sophomore Danielle Grunloh (Effingham, IL) were both honored on the Second Team. On the men's side, senior Ozzie Myers (Chittenango, NY) and freshman Craig Kinsley (Fairfield, CT) were honored on the First Team, while senior Ikenna Achilihu earned Second Team All-Ivy.
Burns earned the 400-meter title with a 53.90, winning the event outright after winning the indoor 400 earlier this semester. She almost earned another title in the 200m with a 24.63, but finished second to the meet's most valuable athlete, Cornell's Jeomi Maduka, who finished first with a 24.47 to earn Second Team All-Ivy accolades.
Smith made her mark at Heps last weekend, winning the Heptathlon with a 4992 to earn her second Heps title of the year after winning the indoor pentathlon in March. Second Team All-Ivy honors were awarded to King, who posted a 40-00.75 in the triple jump, and to Grunloh in the discus with a 163-08 setting a Brown school record.
Myers earned First Team All-Ivy in the steeplechase, turning in a 9:08.72. His time not only earned him the title, but also qualified him for the IC4A Championships at Princeton this weekend. Joining Myers on the First Team is Kinsley, who placed first in the javelin throw, hurling a 199-07 for his first career Heptagonal Championship title.
Achilihu was named Second Team All-Ivy after placing second in the triple jump with a 51-01.00. His leap broke a school record for the second time this season.
The men and women will be back in action this weekend at the IC4A/ECAC Championships hosted by Princeton University.