PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown track & field teams will compete in the Ivy League Heptagonal Outdoor Track & Field Championships this Saturday and Sunday, May 4-5, at William Weaver Stadium in Princeton, N.J. Events are scheduled to start Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
The men finished fourth at the 2012 outdoor league championships and will rely on a balanced mix of veteran experience and youthful talent this time around. On the track, the Bears will turn to junior standout John Spooney (Northfield, Ohio), who looks to earn his third consecutive titles in both the 100- and 200-meter events. Spooney, who was named All-Ivy First Team in each event last year, boasts personal-best times of 10.62 and 21.05, respectively.
The Bears will also look for strong performances from Evan Weinstock (Las Vegas, Nev.), Peter Rhodes (Atlanta, Ga.), and Ned Willig (Phoenixville, Pa.). Weinstock won the decathlon two years ago as a freshman and, most recently, captured the heptathlon at the indoor championships, while Rhodes set a personal-best in the decathlon earlier this season at the Texas Relays. Willig has put together an impressive freshman campaign, highlighted by a victory in the 1,000 meters at the league indoor championships.
Kenneth Thompson (Riverdale, N.Y.) and Courtland Clavette (Asheville, N.C.) will pace the Bears in the field events. Thompson finished third in the triple jump last year, while Clavette has posted a strong sophomore season as the team's top thrower, including a school record-breaking toss of 187-2 in the discus.
The women's team claimed third at last year's outdoor league championships and features a strong group of returnees this season. Lacey Craker (Baraboo, Wis.) remains one of the top throwers in the league and will look to defend her title in the hammer throw after winning the event at the 2012 championships. Craker, who also took second in the discus last year, is coming off a first-place finish in the hammer at the Springtime Open. She posted a personal-best toss of 60.59 meters, the third-best throw in Ivy League history.
Hannah Wallace (Whitefish Bay, Wis.), Kebbeh Darpolor (Pecos, Texas) and Niina Al-Hassan (Secaucus, N.J.) are also expected to put up some big results in the field. Wallace, now in her senior season, recently broke the school record in the pole vault at the Springtime Open, as she took first place with a cleared height of 3.86 meters. Darpolor has enjoyed a solid rookie campaign, as she currently owns the second-best mark in both the discus and shot put among league participants, while Al-Hassan is the reigning league champion in the javelin.
Olivia Mickle (Sacramento, Calif.) returns for her final go-around on the track and should be in the mix in the 10,000 meters. Mickle took second in the event at last year's championship and boasts the top time this season after a setting a school record at the Stanford Invitational with a time of 33:52.49.
For more information on the 2013 Outdoor Championships, please visit the Ivy League Championship page HERE.