Led by coach Michelle Eisenreich, who earned the title of NCAA East Regional Assistant Coach of the Year, 2009 was one of the most successful seasons the Brown throws group has ever seen. Not only did the squad dominate the Heptagonal Championships by scoring 34 points in the men’s events and 44 in the women’s events, our throwers also earned several All-Ivy honors, All-East Region honors and one All-American honor. Many of these athletes return this year and will drive the team to higher levels of success.
Senior Captain Danielle Grunloh earned All-Ivy second team honors in both the shot and discus by finishing 2nd in both events. She went on to earn All-East honors in the shot and discus with 5th place finishes in both events at ECAC’s.
At the NCAA East Regionals, Grunloh finished 8th in the discus and 10th in the shot put. In the 2010 indoor season, she successfully defended her heptagonal shot title. Her best throws so far are 50’10” in the shot and 163’8” in the discus.
Senior captain Bryan Powlen won the men’s discus throw at the Heptagonal Championships with a PR throw of 183’3”. He threw a second PR in the shot put (57’1”) that landed him 2nd place. Powlen went on to earn All-East honors in both events with a 4th place finish in the discus and an 8th place finish in the shot.
At the NCAA East Regionals, Powlen finished 4th in the discus and qualified for the NCAA Championships. There he finished 18th overall. During the 2009 indoor season, he was Heptagonal runner-up in the shot and increased his PR to 58’4.5” which provisionally qualified him for the NCAA championships.
From both an individual and team perspective Powlen remarked, “I can barely control my excitement for the upcoming outdoor season.” Powlen has proven his strength in the outdoor setting in both events while he admits that discus will always be his passion. He plans to throw far enough this year to continue his training onto the next level after graduation.
Senior Katie Wood had a solid 2009 campaign as she qualified for the ECAC championships for the first time with a throw of 135’10” in the javelin. Katie is among the top returners in the Heps and will look to make a run at the championship.
Though Senior Brian Giese has been plagued with setbacks his first three years of college, Brian is now healthy and training well. He will look to end his collegiate career strong and contend for a Heps scoring position in the hammer throw.
Junior Craig Kinsley is returning after an incredible 2009 campaign, which led him all the way to the podium at the NCAA National Championships. Kinsley successfully defended his Heptagonal title in the javelin and extended Brown’s winning streak to four in that event. He went on to also win the IC4A Championships.
At the NCAA East Regionals, he took second place and set a new school record with a throw of 241’6”. At the NCAA National Championships, Craig captured 3rd place and All-American Honors with a throw of 240’6”. He finished the season ranked 10th overall in the United States.
Junior Brynn Smith was a double champion at the Heptagonal Championships in both the hammer and shot put. For her achievements, Brynn was awarded Women’s Athlete of the Meet. At ECAC’s, she threw another PR in the hammer with a 187’6” which landed her in 4th place. She went on to finish 3rd in the shot put.
At the NCAA East Regionals, Brynn finished 5th in the hammer, qualifying her for the NCAA Championships where she finished 18th overall. During the 2010 indoor season, Smith threw 50’8.25” in the shot, which was a NCAA provisional qualifying mark. At the Heps Championships, she went on to finish 2nd behind her teammate. She also set a school record in the weight throw with a toss of 60’2.5”.
Smith expressed her enthusiasm for the upcoming season. "Brown Track and Field is going to have a great outdoor season,” she said. “Each team member has had some time to reflect after the indoor season, and state their individual and team goals for our outdoor season. All of us are ready to work on our own and as a team to help reach our ultimate goals.”
Sophomore Buddy Yow came on strong at the end of the season to throw 173’7” in the javelin and finished 7th at the Heps Championships. He is among the top returners in the league and hopes to improve upon his freshman performance.
In addition to these returning athletes, the throws squad has added a depth of freshman talent.
As a senior in high school, Victoria Buhr won the Michigan State Championship in the shot put with a throw of 44’2”. She wasted no time making her mark in the Ivy League by finishing 4th at the Indoor Heps with a new PR throw of 46’4.25”. She will look to continue improving this outdoor season in both the shot and the discus. Her high school PR of 135’0” in the discus should put her in a competitive position.
Dan Smith was an indoor high school All American and four-time Maine State champ in the shot put. In addition, Smith took home the state title for three years straight in the discus. With high school PR’s of 60’6” and 180’3”, He is one of the strongest freshman in the league this year. This indoor season, he made the transition from the glide to the rotational technique in the shot put. Although, this made for a slow start to Smith’s collegiate career, he is hitting his stride and will contend for scoring positions in each event outdoors.
For her first year learning the weight and hammer throw, Lacey Craker proved she will be a force to be respected during the outdoor season. Her throw of 50’3.5” in the weight throw placed her 7th at the indoor Heps Championship. Craker will also be a double threat with a high school PR of 137’8” in the discus.
A standout shot putter and discus thrower from OH, Alex Lipinsky decided to drop both events to focus on learning the hammer throw. Already showing a lot of potential, Lipinsky will open with his first hammer competition on March 20th.
As a senior in high school, Liz Peterson finished second at the Rhode Island State meet in the Javelin with a throw of 128’10”. She will be in strong contention for a scoring spot at Heps this spring.
Stay tuned to Brownbears.com for tomorrow’s preview of the sprinters.