Outdoor Track & Field Season Outlook: Sprints

Providence, RI- The future for Brown University's sprint squad is bright. The men broke a 31 year-old 4x400m relay record this past winter with a time of 3:14.26. The relay team was comprised of three freshmen and a sophomore. With a small group of graduating seniors, the team is working incredibly hard to fulfill its potential during this outdoor season, and with only a small group of graduating seniors, the coming years should be exciting for Brown sprints.

The Returnees

Senior Brielle Beaudette (Agawam, MA/Suffield Academy) will provide quality depth for the women's sprint squad. Brielle's range in the sprints will help the team in the 200m, 400m, and both sprint relays.

Junior Susan Scavone (Summit, NJ/Summit High School), a three-year Ivy League scorer indoors, is set to have a great outdoor season. She established a new personal best of 8.69 seconds in the 60m Hurdles and qualified for the ECAC Championships this winter. Her time is the fourth fastest in Brown University history. Scavone's indoor success is sure to carry over to the outdoor season.

Freshman Colby Lubman, ran an indoor personal best in the 400m this winter. Lubman is looking to contribute across sprinting disciplines outdoors. She will have an opportunity to produce valuable team points in the 100m, 200m, 400m, and both sprint relays.

Senior men, Mike Mazerik (Poland, OH/Poland Seminary) and Marc Howland (Cleveland Heights, OH/University School) lead the way for the men's sprints group. With the addition of a few key freshmen the men have set their eyes on breaking a certain 36- year- old relay record.

John Spooney had an outstanding freshman campaign indoors. Spooney ran an Ivy League best in the 200m with a time of 21.46. He hopes to add points in the 100m, 200m, and both sprint realys at the Outdoor HEPS Championships this May.

The Freshmen

The sprints squad has a solid group of freshman that is looking to contribute to the team in 2011. These rookies stem from all over the United States.

John Spooney (Northfield Center, OH) had an outstanding freshman campaign indoors. Spooney ran an Ivy League best in the 200m with a time of 21.46. He hopes to add points in the 100m, 200m, and both sprint relays at the Outdoor Heps Championships this May.

In high school, Spooneywho was the winner at 100m at the Midwest Meet of Champions. His personal bests include 60m 6.91, 100m 10.86, 200m 21.46, and 400m 47.41 (split).

Ajani Brown (Frisco, Texas) who placed fourth at the UIL State Track and Field Championships in the 400m. His personal best in the 400m is 48.49.

Jonathan Hilgart (Newton, NJ) was a member of the second place sprint medley team at the Outdoor National Meet. Jon was a 5th place finisher in the 100m at the NJSIAA Group Meet. His personal bests include 22.38 for the 200m and 11.08 for the 100m.

Samuel Howard (Lake Forest, IL) placed 5th at the IHSA State Meet in the 400m. His best time in the 400m is 49.31.

Arjun Pande (Pottstown, PA) ran 14.81 in the 110HH in high school.

Colby Lubman (Commack, NY) was the St. Anthony's Invitational Champion at 400m and multiple time indoor and outdoor state qualifier in 300m and 400m. ran an indoor personal best in the 400m this winter. Lubman is looking to contribute across sprinting disciplines outdoors. She will have an opportunity to produce valuable team points in the 100m, 200m, 400m, and both sprint relays. Her personal bests include 400m 55.68, 300m 40.09, and 55m 7.17.

Niina Al-Hassan (Pullman, WA) a two time Washington State champion at 300mIH. Niina looks to contribute to the long hurdles, as well as, the javelin throw.

Nealy Williams (Lexington, KY) who will contribute to the team across multiple disciplines. Nealy has personal bests of 44.8 in the 300H, 15.2 in the 100HH, 18'4" in the long jumps, and 37' in the triple jump.