April 15, 2006
The Bears hosted the Brown Invitational under sunny skies on Saturday, winning in front of the home crowd with 249 points, with included exacting revenge on the University of Connecticut, who had defeated the Bears last weekend.
Senior thrower Hugh Murphy debuted for the 2006 season after 15 months of rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. His mark of 224-6 in the javelin moves him near the top of Brown's all-time top ten, atop the Ivies, and in the top-ten of the nation.
Murphy was only the start of a solid day of performances from Michelle Eisenreich's throws squad. Senior Kent Walls won both the discus (163-2) and the hammer throw (personal best of 180-10) in the hammer. Junior Paul Rosiak threw a personal best in the javelin to take third at 211-6. Murphy and Rosiak each qualified for the NCAA Regional Championships.
Brown also secured victories the jumps events. Junior Grant Bowen won the pole vault at 16-0.75 and classmate Stephen Bernardi finished second in the long jump at 22-2.5. Senior Ray Bobrownicki took second in the high jump, clearing 6-8 1/4.
The big wins of the day came on the track came from the 4x100-meter relay (41.39 seconds) and the 800-meter run, as senior Jordan Kinley hit 1:53.81. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the Bears swept the top-three spots as junior Ozzie Myers (9:19), Nick Sarro (9:21) and Neil Hamel (9:30). It marked season debuts and personal bests for Myers and Hamel and Sarro's first time in the event.
Current and former Bears harriers set the pace in the mile. Alum Patrick Tarpy, who now runs professionally, set out to break the four-minute barrier, and although he missed the mark by just over a second, his presence pushed former teammate Kinley to a second-place finish of 4:10.44.
Bruno stacked the 3,000-meter run, as junior Ari Zamir took second to lead a slew of Bears across the line (8:32.08). Senior captain Owen Washburn (who, while recovering from injury, competed unattached), and juniors Nick Neely and Chris Burke followed Zamir in fourth, fifth and sixth places. Rookie Brian Schmidt and sophomore Ryan Graddy racked up more points for the distance squad in the 5,000-meter run by placing second and third.
The Bears return to action next weekend at the University of Connecticut.