June 10, 2010

Brown's Craig Kinsley Captures National Championship!

Eugene, OR - With an incredible throw of 250'3" at the 2010 Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, junior Craig Kinsley has become the first NCAA outdoor champion in the javelin at Brown University. Kinsley is now just the third NCAA Outdoor Champion in school history, and the first since Gilbert Borjeson's title in the hammer throw in 1952.

"Craig has worked very hard all season," said Head Coach Michelle Eisenreich.  "His dedication and competitive spirit represented our program, Brown University, and the Ivy League in the best way possible. I am extremely proud of Craig and all of his accomplishments."

Kinsley led the competition going into the finals and was only trailing the eventual runner-up finisher, Pontus Thomee of Boise State (241'5"), for a brief minute before overtaking his position following their fifth throws. Kinsley capped off his undefeated season with a huge personal record.

After finishing third one year ago, Kinsley came to the National Championships after capturing the IC4A javelin championship and then recorded the nation's longest throw of NCAA preliminary round weekend, at 238'7". Kinsley's national title caps off an undefeated season in which he won the Ivy League javelin title for the third consecutive year.

Kinsley's event was just one of three events with Brown competitors on day two of the NCAA Championships. Junior Brynn Smith finished 18th in the women's hammer throw (180'7") and senior captain Duriel Hardy finished 21st in the 10,000m run (30:04.19).

Although Smith did not advance to the finals, this was Smith's third consecutive trip to the NCAA Championships. Smith impressed the league this year with many stellar performances. At the Outdoor Ivy League Championships, Smith broke an eight-year-old league and meet record with a toss of 199'8". She was also the ECAC runner-up in the hammer throw.

With the fifth fastest 5,000m and the seventh fastest 10,0000m marks (29:51.52) in school history, Hardy has risen to the top of the league. He was the indoor champion at 5,000m and the runner-up during the outdoor season in both the 5,000 and 10,000m runs.

Competition will round out for the Brown tomorrow with senior captain Danielle Grunloh in the shot put.