March 16, 2011

Outdoor Track & Field Season Outlook: Throws

Providence, RI- Led by Coach Michelle Eisenreich, 2010 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 26 points in the men's events and 63 in the women's events, the Brown throwers also earned several All-Ivy honors, All-East Region honors and a NCAA Championship. Many of these athletes return this year and will drive the team to higher levels of success.

The Returnees

Senior captain Craig Kinsley (Fairfield, CT) is returning after an incredible 2010 campaign, which led him to an undefeated season again collegiate competition. Not only did Kinsley successfully defended his Heptagonal title in the javelin and extended Brown's winning streak to five in that event, he also defended in IC4A title, won the NCAA East Regional and NCAA championship with throw of 250'6". He went on to finish third at the USATF National championships with another personal best throw of 256'6".

Coming off an outstanding indoor season senior captain Brynn Smith (Saco, ME), will look to carry that momentum into the outdoor season. At the indoor Heps Smith won the weight throw on the first day of competition and followed with another first place finish in the shot put with a throw of 51'9.75" which also set a meet record. During the outdoor season, Brynn will look to extend her streak of Heps wins in the hammer to three. In 2010 she launched a monster throw of 199'9" that not only secured the championship but also set an all time Ivy League record. Brynn will also look to make her 4th trip to the NCAA championships. In 2010 she finished 18th in the women's hammer.

"I am really excited about the team's potential for success this outdoor season," said Smith. "We are coming out of indoor in the perfect place mentally; we are not satisfied with our indoor season and are ready to fight harder to win. That positive attitude is all we need at this point to ensure that outdoor is as successful as possible!"

Fellow senior captain, Natasha Smith (Gloucester, MA) will work to improve on her fourth place finish in the javelin at the 2010. Fully recovered from a torn ACL suffered in 2009, Tash will be a serious contender for the championship in 2011.

The sophomore class made a huge statement last year as freshmen. Lacey Craker (Baraboo, WI) threw 171'11 in her first year ever working with the hammer and finished fourth at the Heps Championships. In a clutch performance, she also captured the discus championship with a throw of 150'0.

Classmate Victoria Buhr (Cheboygan, MI) will also be a top scorer this outdoor season. She finished 4th at the indoor Heps with a new PR of 46'10.5". Tory will also be a major threat in the discus. In 2010 she threw a personal best of 149'8" to finish second right behind her teammate.

On the men's side, Daniel Smith (Saco, ME) is on a mission to improve upon his fourth place finish at the indoor Heps. He will be one of about five Ivy Leaguers who will battle for the outdoor championship. Dan will also look to extend Brown two year winning streak in the discus.

A first time hammer thrower, Alex Lipinsky (Boardman, OH) proved he will be force to be reckoned with in the future. At the outdoor Heps in 2010, he finished 9th and qualified for the IC4A championships with a throw of, 174'6".

The Freshmen

In addition to these returning athletes, the throws squad has added a depth of freshman talent.

Joe Doau joins the team from Santa Monica, CA and has a 12lb PR throw of 61'8". A California state finalist, Joe knows how to compete with the best. During the indoor season, Joe transitioned to the 16lb shot well with a personal record throw of 49'10.5"

Jessica Eason (Mansfield, MA) was the Massachusetts state champion and New England runner up in the shot put with a throw of 42'7. The discus is a new event for Jess, but don't be surprised if she sneaks in for a point or two at Heps.

Nick Keeling (Chepachet, RI) established himself as one of the best high school javelin throwers in the nation last year. He won the RI state championship with a throw of 205'8". He is part of group of javelin throwers that hope to sweep the Heps.

Although he is not a true freshman, Neal Rooney (Scituate, RI) is a new comer to the track team. In 2008 Neal won the RI state championship and finished 5th at the high school nationals with a throw of 195'4". He was recruited to Brown by the football team and in his freshman year was a commanding presence on the defensive line. Unfortunately, Neal suffered a serious injury that ended his football career. Once again healthy, Neal has picked up the spear and will join an elite group of throwers.

Not to be outdone by the men, freshmen Holleigh Bergstrom (Mead, WA) and Niina Al-Hassan (Pullman, WA), will make their mark on the women's javelin. With respective PR's of 129' and 130'4, both women will make an immediate impact at Heps.