Nov. 2, 2003
Providence, RI - The Brown women are looking forward to the NCAA Regional meet more than ever before. They have much to prove after placing a disappointing eighth at the Heptagonal Championships, held on October 31 at Van Cortlandt Park in New York City. The showing was very uncharacteristic for the team that had come into the meet anticipating no less than a fourth place finish, and one that had enough depth to take both the Varsity and Junior Varsity titles at the New England Championship meet.
The Bears employed the same tactics at Heptagonals that had brought so much early season success; the strategy of supportive pack running benefited the women through previous races. For this race in New York, it resulted in a gap of only seven seconds in between the first and fifth spots. While the team scores did not reflect the talent shown by the Bears all season, nine of the eleven women finishing set personal bests.
Sophomores Anna Willard (Greenwood, ME) and Anya Davidson (Brunswick, ME) crossed the finish first for Brown, each with a time of 18:46. This was a best for Willard by 21 seconds, for Davidson by 28. Closely following, Senior Captain Kristin Ware (Indianapolis, IN) and Junior Julie Komosinski (San Diego, CA) recorded improvements of five and six seconds. Senior Caci Cambruzzi (Cincinnati, OH) and Freshman Michol Monaghan (Uniontown, PA) rounded out the top seven finishers of the day; Cambruzzi clocked a 28 second best and Monaghan knocked 1:03 off her best Van Cortlandt time. Finishing out the personal bests for the Bears were Junior Emma Sarro (Chatham, NY) by two seconds, Senior Katherine Kosub (San Antonio, TX) by 1:08, and Sophomore Jilane Rodgers (Brea, CA) by 1:16.
In the next two weeks, the harriers will focus on preparing specifically for the Franklin Park 6k course. The Bears are part of the Northeast region, placing them in opposition with such national powers as Providence College, Boston College, and Columbia University. The race will be hosted by Northeastern University in Boston on November 15.