January 21, 2011

Indoor Track & Field Season Outlook: Men's Distance & Middle Distance

Providence, RI- After finishing the cross country season with a strong 8th place finish at the NCAA New England Regional meet, the men's middle and long distance runners are building towards a successful indoor track campaign.

"We're really looking forward to the indoor season," said men's distance coach Tim Springfield. "We just need to stay consistent and train hard."

THE RETURNERS

The Bears look to be led by junior captain Matt Duffy, who anchored the distance medley relay to a fifth place finish at the Indoor Heptagonals in 2010. Duffy also placed third in the Outdoor Heptagonal 5000m, running 14:23.81 in the event. Duffy will look to build on his strong 2010 cross country season.

"Matt has been a consistent leader for us, on the track and in the locker room," said Springfield. "I think he's poised to have a great season in a range of distances, from the mile through 5000."

In the long distance events, 2009 NCAA cross country individual qualifier Christian Escareno has returned to full health and is looking to contribute in a big way to the team effort. With a personal best of 14:14 over 5,000m, Christian has the potential to contend at the top of the Ivy League in 2011.

"I'm very pleased with how Christian finished out his cross country season," said Springfield. "He was not at 100% fitness due to injury, but he competed extremely hard for the team. With consistent training, I think Christian's final year at Brown can be a memorable one."

A scorer in the mile in 2010, senior Brian Schilder has the potential to be a strong contributor again this year. A consistent performer on Brown's middle-distance relays, junior Anthony Schurz will also compete well over the 800m, 1000m and 1500m distances this season. Sophomore Erik Berg, junior Dan Lowry, and senior Chris Collins will help lead a deep and talented Brown middle-distance corps.

The Freshmen

The freshmen class will be led by Matt Bevil, one of the nation's top high school 800m runners in 2010 with a PR of 1:50.11. The Florida native's high school career culminated with a runner-up finish in the 800m at the New Balance nationals.

"We're very excited to have Matt on our team," Springfield said. "He's not only a strong talent, but he's a very hard worker. I'm really looking forward to watching him compete."

Other top freshman include distance runners Drew Perilli, Brendan Boyle, and Jeff Bush, and middle-distance runners Colin Savage and Peter Hix.