Providence, RI- Four Bears and a relay team earned titles yesterday afternoon to open the 2011-12 indoor track & field season at Brown's Alden Invitational hosted at the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center.
"With the distance men finishing a strong season at the regional and NCAA-level just last week, we were excited to see the form of the rest of the squad before final exams and winter break," said women's distance coach Mitchell Baker. "As expected, the long sprinters showed good depth, and our young group of field-event athletes showed well despite the early growing pains of using short-approaches in the jumps and, for the rookie throwers, heavier implements than those used at the high school level."
Peter Rhodes picked up the first title of the day for the Bears winning the long jump with a distance with a 6.75-meters. Sophomore Jonathan Padmore (Boston, MA) finished close behind with a 6.27m distance to earn sixth overall in the event.
Freshman Matthew Miller (Lake Forest, IL) then followed with the shot put title with a distance of 14.31m, and freshman Andrew Rohan (Aberdeen, NJ) came in right behind with a 14.17m toss. Also in the field events, sophomore Sean Igleman (Medford, OR) earned second in the pole vault with a height of 4.35m, while Padmore came in third in the triple jump with a 12.98m distance.
Sophomore Samuel Howard (Lake Forest, IL) earned the next title of the day picking up the 300m dash championship in 35.60 seconds, and sophomore Ajani Brown (Frisco, TX) finished in third with a 36.49. Also, freshman InSoo Hwang (Seoul, South Korea) came in right behind with a 36.50 second time to earn fourth place.
"We're a bit further along than at this time last year; we've seen a lot of young athletes settle into a consistent rhythm of training in their respective training groups," added Baker. "Having a large group of alumni come out and see that progress was exciting for us and the undergrads."
Junior Nathan Elder (Quincy, IL) captured the 600m run title in 1:22.31, and teammates sophomore Matt Bevil (1:22.46), freshman Henry Tufnel (1:22.74), and freshman Reuben Feinman (1:23.41) locked up second through fourth place finishes, respectively. Also running in the 600m was junior Zach Keefer (Morristown, NJ) who came in sixth with a 1:26.50.
The Bears' 4x400m relay team won the championship crossing the finish line in 3:24.11. The squad comprised of Bevil, Brown, Elder and Howard.
Sophomore Jonathan Hilgart (Newton, NJ) came in second in the 55m dash running it in 6.65 seconds, and in the 1,000m run, Tyler Benster finished in fifth place with a 2:39.22. In the 55m hurdles, Rhodes finished in fifth with an 8.09 second run and sophomore Evan Weinstock (Las Vegas, NV) crossed the line in 8.10 to place sixth overall.