Feb. 1, 2004
Cambridge, MA - The men's track and field team competed in Cambridge this Saturday against Ivy foes Cornell and Harvard. The Bears came away from the day with a second place finish. Highlighting the day for the men were several key wins, personal bests, and top ten performances.
Sophomore Ray Bobrownicki (Avondale, PA) continued his dominance in the high jump, placing first and maintaining his standing of first in the league. In the 60 meter hurdles, senior Daveed Diggs (El Cerrito, CA) raced to a finish time of 8.23, easily beating his ivy competitors. Still showing marked improvement with every race, the most exciting performance of the day came from senior Brendan O'Keefe (Prospect Harbor, ME) in the mile run. Sitting with the front pack through most of the race, O'Keefe began kicking with 300 meters to go, making a bold move to which his competitors could not respond. His 4:09 finishing time showed him gaining 3 seconds on the next finisher in the last lap alone. O'Keefe also anchored the winning 4x800 meter relay team. All three of these men have the ability to take the individual title at Heptagonals in their respective events.
O'Keefe was not the only highlight of the distance squad, as Brown went 1-2 in the 3000 meter run. Senior Matthew Emond (Green Harbor, MA) took control of the race from the beginning and senior Michael DeCoste (Duxbury, MA) used a powerful kick to make up time and places in the final 200 meters; they finished in 8:24.24 and 8:27.84. Making his 3k debut was sophomore Owen Washburn (Amherst, MA), taking fourth in 8:32.04. Jordan Kinley (Santa Rosa, CA) had a personal best in the 1000 meter run, placing third in 2:30.01.
Freshman Christian Tabib (Valparaiso, IN) broke into Brown's all time top ten with his 500 meter performance. His second place effort of 1:04.96 was a personal best and makes him the tenth fastest in school history. Sophomore Dallas Dissmore (Fort Irwin, CA) crossed the line next in 1:05.37. Senior Brian Hulse (Indianapolis, IN) also turned out a solid performance in the 60 meter hurdles, finishing fourth.
In field events, freshman Grant Bowen (Plainwell, MI) had a stand-out performance in the pole vault. His jump of 15'1'' was good for a tie for second, a personal best, and fifth all time for Brown. Sophomore Kent Walls (Beckley, WV) earned a personal best in the weight throw with a fourth place throw of 52'8'' and classmate Jake Golenor (Redding, CA) earned third in the shotput at 51'7.35''.
The Brown men will return to action on Saturday, February 7, in Kingston, Rhode Island at the URI invitational.