May 30, 2004
Gainesville, FL - Seven individuals represented Brown at the NCAA East Regional Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Gainesville, FL. The top five finishers in each event advanced to the NCAA Championships June 9-12 in Austin, TX.
Leading the way for the Bears was frosh standout Laura Dudek in the javelin. Coming into the event, she was ranked 19th in the region, but the Heps champion stepped up to finish 11th with a throw of 139'8". This past spring, Dudek threw consistently between 138 and 145 feet. Also in the throws, junior Jill Lynch had one of her better series finishing with a toss of 45'3.5". While she did not advance to the final, she had three solid throws of 44'3", 45'2.5", and 45'3.5". Senior Katie Rowinski also participated in the high jump competition but was unable to clear the opening height. Sophomore Ray Bobrownicki also qualified for the high jump but was unable to shake a hamstring injury and did not compete despite being ranked 6th in the region.
On the track, Brown was represented in four events. Senior Lauren Linder ran the 100 meters in 12.06, her third best time ever at 12.06, to follow up her first place in the event at Heps. Another individual Heptagonal champion, frosh Naja Ferjan, ran the 800. On the men's side, senior Brendan O'Keefe and junior Jeff Gaudette ran the 1500 and 5000, respectively.
The season is not quite over for these seven individuals. All qualified for the quad-annual foreign trip by scoring at the Heptagonal Ivy League Championships. The trip will tour London and other parts of England from June 13-21. On June 16, a combined Brown-Dartmouth squad will compete against teams from St Mary's College and Birmingham University at St Mary's, just outside of London.