December 6, 2009

Track & Field Opens 2009-10 Season with Vern Alden Invitational

Providence, RI- The Brown track & field teams opened its 2009-10 indoor season hosting its annual Vern Alden Invitational at the Olney Margolies Athletic Center over the weekend. Both squads had some great individual performances in their debut, as many Brown Bears claimed titles in their respective events.

Leading the throwers today was senior Bryan Powlen, who had a solid day with an indoor personal record. Powlen captured the shot put title with a throw of 16.91m, as teammate Alexander Lipinsky followed with a 12.87m toss for second place. In the weight throw, Brown claimed first-through-third place finishes as Zach Bahr earned the title with a 16.85m throw, nearly a six-foot personal best. Brian Giese came in second place with a 14.96m toss and Alexander Lipinsky earned third with a solid 13.76m. Senior Reginald Cole earned the long jump title with a 6.76m leap, as well as the triple jump title with a 14.47m.

In the running events, sophomore Sammy Smith won the 55m dash in 6.71 seconds, and he also garnered sixth place honors in the 300m dash with a 38.11. Erik Berg finished in fifth place in the 3,000m run, and Vincent Sghiatti earned second place in the 55m hurdles in 8.32 seconds.