Stanford, CA- A total of nine distance runners on the Brown University track & field team competed at the Stanford Invite yesterday evening. Dan Lowry, Olivia Mickle and Heidi Caldwell highlighted the day by earning school record times in their events.
"The folks that competed at Stanford showed how the program is elevating itself to the national level," said Director of Track & Field Michelle Eisenreich. "They represented the University very well."
"Friday was a great night," said men's distance coach Tim Springfield. "All the men competed very well and ran fast. Dan (Lowry) was competing against many of the top collegiate runners in the country, as well as half a dozen top professional runners. To finish eighth in that field is incredible. He's currently ranked fourth in the nation, and his time is the second fastest ever recorded by an Ivy League athlete. It was a tremendous step forward."
Junior Kevin Cooper (Waterford, IRL) finished in seventh place in section four in the 1,500m run with a time of 3:47.93 and sophomore Erik Berg (Seattle, WA) finished in sixth in section five with a 3:51.93. Berg also competed in the 800m run where he finished third in section three with a 1:52.39.
Senior Dan Lowry (Plymouth Meeting, PA) ran a 13:34.49 in the 5,000m run to place eighth in section one and senior Matt Duffy (Oakland, CA) crossed the finish line in 14:01.66 to earn fifth in section three.
"Matt's (Duffy) time places him third on Brown's all-time 5,000 list and Austin's (Snyder) time places him fifth on the 10,000 list," added Springfield. "The two milers looked very good too. Kevin (Cooper) had a personal record in the 1500 and Eric competed well in a tactical 1500 section on Friday and PR'd Saturday in the 800. It was a good weekend all around."
Junior Austin Snyder (Berkeley, CA) competed for the Bears in the 10,000m run finishing with a time of 29:48.15 to round out the competitors for the men's squad.
For the women, sophomore Heidi Caldwell (Hanover, NH) ran a 16:06.00 in the 5,000m run to finish seventh in section two, and sophomore Margaret Connelly (Chicago, IL) ran the 5,000 in 17:12.13. Senior Ari Garber (North Falmouth, MA) also competed in the race and recorded a time of 17:04.63 in section three.
"Coming out to California after a long block of training, we thought the women were fit and ready to compete," said women's distance coach Mitchell Baker. "To open up the outdoor season with school records in both the 10,000m and 5,000m is truly fantastic. It was a great night for Brown women's distance running."
"Heidi knocked off Ariel Wright's '10 school record (16:22.18) by sixteen seconds set in 2010," added Baker. "In running 16'06"00, with each mile faster than the previous, she showed she was not just ready on the day but was engaged and used great instincts early on to hold back just a bit. She passed through the 3k-mark in what would have been a PR for that distance before rattling off a final mile just four seconds off her high school personal best for that distance. She knocked off some very good runners and her performance puts her inside the top-10 of the NCAA at this early juncture in the season. We are ecstatic for her and her future. It was truly a great performance from her."
In the 1,000m run, Brown junior Olivia Mickle (Sacramento, CA) posted a 33:59.26 to place 10th in section two.
"Olivia ran like a poised veteran of the event despite it being her first attempt at the 10k, lopping over forty seconds off of the oldest school record in the books, Anne Sullivan's '81 run from 1979 (34:41.3)," said Baker. "Through the halfway mark, she looked like she would sneak under Sullivan's mark, but after swallowing up several packs and building momentum in the second 5k, she closed the second half in 16:41, a split that would actually be a 5k PR standing by itself, to run a total time of 33:59.26. Dipping under the 34-minute mark is pretty significant and we are thrilled for her."