Bears Shine at Bryant Invitational

Smithfield, RI- The Brown University men's and women's track & field team competed at the Bryant Invitational this weekend in Smithfield. With more than 16 schools and several clubs in attendance, the Bears had many solid performances and captured many titles throughout the day.

On the men's side, the Bears 4x100m relay team crossed the finish line in 42.21 seconds to win first place, and Brown's 4x400m relay finished second with a time of 3:21.67.

Freshman standout John Spooney captured the 100m dash championship crossing the line in 10.93 seconds, as teammates Marc Howland followed in third place (11.10) and Jonathan Hilgart in 10th (11.46).

In the 400m dash, Ajani Brown earned fourth place in 49.90 seconds, and Nate Elder posted a 50.62-second time for seventh place. Also, Matt Bevil came in 10th place with a 50.99.

In the 110m hurdles, Arjun Pande earned 10th with a time of 16.27 seconds, and Zach Keefer led the Bears' in the 400m hurdles finishing in ninth with a time of 57.70.

In the field events, Jonathan Dieujuste won the long jump title with a leap of 21-09.50, and Nick Keeling won the javelin throw title with a throw of 222-00. Following behind was Neal Rooney finished in sixth place with a 179-09 and Michael Bieszard came in eighth with a 173-02.

In the high jump, AJ Fitzgerald finished in fifth with a height of 6-02.00, and Daniel Smith tossed a 151-09 in the discus throw to place third overall. Teammate Joe Daou followed behind Smith with a seventh place toss of 136-02.

In the hammer throw, Alexander Lipinsky finished in third place for the Bears with a toss of 176-11 and Joe Daou followed in 11th with a 137-01.

On the women's side, Gabriela Baiter captured the triple jump title with a 39-05.75 (12.03m), and Victoria Buhr won the discus with a throw of 159-09. Also in the discus, Lacey Craker finished in third with a 143-05, and Jessica Eason earned ninth with a 102-11.

Brynn Smith posted second place in the shot put with a distance of 47-06.50 and Buhr followed behind in third place with a 44-00.50. Also competing was Eason, who earned sixth place with a 40-11.75. Rachel Biblo picked up third place honors in the long jump with a distance of 17-11.75, and Jara Crear followed in sixth place with a 16-10.75.

Niina Al-Hassan garnered the javelin throw championship with a throw of 145-10, and was followed by Natasha Smith's fourth place throw of 136-02. Brynn Smith earned second in the hammer throw with a 187-04, while Lacey Craker followed right behind in fourth with a 168-06.

Jocelyn West finished fifth in the high jump with a height of 4-09.75 (1.47m). Chelsea Hartigan earned second place in the pole vault with a 10-06.00 (3.20 m), and McPhee followed in sixth with a 10-00.00 (3.04m) height.

In the running events, Susan Scavone placed second in the 100m hurdles in 14.80 seconds and Nealy Williams came in fifth in 15.67 second. Williams also earned third in the 400m hurdles with a time of 1:08.24. Amanda Filiberto ran the 400m hurdles and earned fifth with a 1:10.31.

Colby Lubman finished in third place in the 100m dash in 12.51 seconds, as Hanna McPhee followed in 13th place with a 13.33 seconds. Jara Crear crossed the finish line in 13.37 seconds for 14th place overall.

Brown's Baiter also competed in the 200m dash, finishing 10th overall with a time of 27.14 seconds. The Bears' 4x400m relay squad also earned second place with a time of 4:10.46.