Brown’s Kinsley Begins Quest for NCAA Title Defense on Saturday at Spring Invitational

Providence, RI – The Brown Invitational on Saturday, April 16, at Brown Stadium will showcase defending NCAA javelin champion Craig Kinsley, making his 2011 debut. The Brown senior from Fairfield Conn., who followed up his NCAA title last June with a third place finish at the USA national championship, "has had phenomenal training sessions, with some important, major technique changes," commented Michelle Eisenreich, Kinsley's event coach and the holder of the Alden-Rothenberg head coaching chair for the men's and women's track and field/cross-country program at Brown.

Eight colleges will be in attendance, including the men's and women's programs at URI, Boston University, UMass-Lowell, Bryant, Williams, and Fairfield, along with a contingent of men from the University of Connecticut and the women's team from Quinnipiac.

Field Events

The men's javelin will begin at approximately 1 p.m. on Saturday. Joining Craig Kinsley (personal best of 256-3) are a number of top javelinists including Williams sophomore Steven Simalchik (214-02) and a stable of talented Brown throwers: sophomore Michael Bieszard (173-2); 2008 RI state champion from LaSalle, Neal Rooney (179-9 in his first season as collegiate thrower); 2010 RI state champion from Ponaganset, Nick Keeling (222-0); and senior Paul Grandstrand, who in his first-ever competition threw 190-02 last Saturday at UConn. Grandstrand is the two-time, first-team All-Ivy goalkeeper for Brown's nationally-ranked men's soccer team.

Top seed in the women's shot put is Brown senior Brynn Smith, a five-time Heptagonal/Ivy throwing champion. Brynn broke the Heps indoor shot put championship record in February (51-9 ¾). She will also be competing in the hammer throw—another event in which she also holds a Heps meet record (199-08)—against Bates alum and 16-time collegiate All-American Keelin Godsey.

Boston University sophomore Allison Barwise is the featured performer in the high jump. Also a talented multi-eventer, she captured 2011 indoor high jump titles in the America East, New England and ECAC championships (5-10 ¾).

On the Track

The featured track event will be the Norm Taber Mile, honoring the Rhodes Scholar, Olympic medalist, and world record holder. Brown's Norm Taber '13 set the world record in the mile in 1915, running 4:12.6 at Harvard Stadium. That time was the world record for eight years and the U.S. record for 15 years. Individual plaques will be presented to the winning female and male milers. Top women's seeds are Brown's Kesley Ramsey, Elaine Kuckertz, and Samantha Adelberg, along with BU's Sarah Mosser. For the men's mile, Dan Lowry of Brown tops the entry list.

Look for Boston University sophomore Shelby Walton in the women's 100 and 200 meters. The America East indoor 200 champion (23.87) returns to New England after competing over the last two weekends in the Florida and Texas Relays. Ever-improving Brown freshman John Spooney is amongst the favorites in the men's 100.

Top hurdle entries are former URI great and Brown Stadium record holder Colin Aina in the men's 110H; and for the women, New England indoor champion and BU sophomore Nikko Brady, having just run a windy 13.59 in the 100H at the Texas Relays.

Schedule

Competition in the field events starts at 10:00a.m. with the men's hammer and women's javelin. The first track event is at 11:00 a.m.—the men's steeplechase.