Four Former Brown Track & Field Standouts headed to U.S. Olympic Trials

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Providence, R.I.- Former Brown University track & field standouts Anna Pierce '06, Bryan Powlen '10, Craig Kinsley '10, and Dan Lowry '12 will compete in the U.S. Olympic Trials on June 21-25 and June 28-July at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. 

 

Anna Pierce '06, 1500m
4:05.42 SB, 3:59.38 PR
World Rank #26
US Rank #2

After an All-America career at Brown where she set or was part of 10 school records, Anna Pierce '06 (née Willard) used her final season of outdoor eligibility to grab the 2007 NCAA Championship in the 3000m Steeplechase for the Michigan Wolverines. The Greenwood, Maine, native went on to break the American Record in the Steeplechase with her win at the 2008 US Olympic Trials, which also qualified her to the Beijing Olympics where she made it to the final round and placed tenth.

Pierce has since won three more US National titles and has become the third fastest 1500m runner in US history (3:59.38). In 2009, she was ranked in the top-10 in the world rankings in two events: number two over 800m and number six over 1500m. At the Berlin World Championships in 2009, she finished sixth in the 1500m final. In 2011, another World Championship year, she battled injury.

Currently living in San Diego and training with the Mammoth Track Club in Mammoth Lakes, California, here's a snapshot of Pierce's perspective this spring, taken from a video interview (link) following a strong showing in the 1500m at Stanford's Payton Jordan Invitational at the end of April, 2012:

Pierce: Last year... gave me a lot of perspective. I love what we do, being able to do this everyday made me feel very fortunate… I really trust Terrence (Mahon, her coach), I know he's going to get me where I need to be.

Bryan Powlen '10, Discus
61.09 SB, 61.09 PR (200'-5")
2012 World Rank #84
US Rank #15
 

Bryan Powlen '10, Kewanna, Indiana native and current Providence resident, finished his spectacular career as a two-time NCAA Championship qualifier and holder of the second-best discus throw in school history with a mark of 183'-03".

In his 2010 outdoor campaign, Powlen recorded the best discus throw in the Ivy League, successfully defended his Heptagonal title, and also captured the IC4A title.

After volunteering with the Brown team and training post-collegiately the past two years under Director of Track & Field Michelle Eisenreich and taking on full-time employment, Powlen broke out in a big way this spring heaving a massive personal record of 200'-5" at a competition in Tucson, Arizona, on May 19th, securing a spot to the Olympic Trials. We recently caught up with Bryan as he prepared to leave for Eugene:
After managing work and training since graduating, we asked Powlen about his thoughts after he threw his PR in Arizona, a mark that he was confident would qualify: 
 

Powlen: Training and working is a tricky thing. Working 60 hours a week AND training another 18 in the morning really tests your dedication to the sport. When I finally hit the mark (to qualify), it made everything I have done for the past 6 years worth it, all in one moment.

 

Craig Kinsley '10, Javelin
82.31 SB, 82.31 PR (270'-0.5")
2012 World Rank #23
US Rank #2

Craig Kinsley had one of the most illustrious careers in Brown's history, winning the Ivy League title all four years and punctuating his junior year with an NCAA Title and third place finish at the US Championships. Following a senior campaign tripped up by injury but capped by an All-American performance at NCAA's, the Fairfield, Connecticut, native stayed on to volunteer and train with Coach Eisenreich. With stints at the US Training Center in California and continued training on College Hill, Kinsley regained his 2010 form and then some at a competition in Lisle, Illinois, in early June:

Kinsley: …(a friend and competitor) got in my face (after his own PR) with some technical / emotional / patriotic shouting… I hit 82.31 on my next throw for a 4+ meter PR… almost gave myself a heart attack from yelling after hearing the mark, then shed a few tears.

We asked Kinsley about his final week leading into the Olympic Trials:

Kinsley: My focus (this week) is on simple execution and rest.  At this point, my training is all speed and technique.  My goal for this week is to... build up to a nice hard throwing session two days before I compete.  Managing the time change and travel to Eugene will also be important.  I have been shifting my sleeping and eating schedule a bit later each day to ease the transition to west coast time. 

Dan Lowry '12, 5000m
13:34.49 SB, 13:34.49 PR
2012 World Rank #135
US Rank #25

Dan Lowry entered his senior year at Brown with a 5,000m personal best from his junior year at 14:01 but limited big-meet experience. That didn't hold him back as his senior year in 2011-2012 saw an All-American performance in cross country (28th place), a school record at the Stanford Invitational in April—the 8th fastest collegiate time this year—and a Second-Team All-America finish at the Outdoor NCAA Championships (11th place) at Drake in early June.

The resident of Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, and Academic All-Ivy honoree will continue on to the University of Michigan this fall to use his remaining eligibility (cross country and indoor track) and begin a PhD in Geo-Biology. Prior to heading to Ann Arbor, Lowry has been sharpening up with Men's Cross Country and Distance Track Coach Tim Springfield in preparation to contest the Olympic Trials 5,000m in Eugene later this month.

We caught up with Lowry and asked him how his NCAA races, combined with his breakout race in California, has prepared him for the Olympic Trials:

Lowry: I think my experiences at the NCAA championships and Stanford Invitational have really given me a lot of confidence that I can compete against the best and place high.  I now know I can perform well in both a fast paced race and a more tactical race, so I feel well prepared for any race situation. 

 

Brown Alumni Competition Schedule:

Saturday June 23

3:30pm - Men's Javelin - Qualifying
Craig Kinsley '11

 Monday June 25

6:30pm - Men's Discus - Qualifying
Bryan Powlen '10

9:00pm Men's Javelin - Final
Craig Kinsley '11
if one of 12 qualifiers

10:00pm - Men's 5,000m - Qualifying
Dan Lowry '12

Thursday June 28

6:50pm - Women's 1500m - Qualifying
Anna Pierce '06

9:05pm - Men's Discus - Final
Bryan Powlen '10
if one of 12 qualifiers

10:38pm - Men's 5,000m - Final

Dan Lowry '12
if one of 12-16 qualifiers

Friday June 29

6:45pm - Women's 1500m - Semifinal
Anna Pierce '06
if one of 24 qualifiers

Sunday July 1

7:23pm - Women's 1500m - Final
Anna Pierce '06
if one of 12 qualifiers

*All Times Eastern