March 31, 2005
Providence, RI - The men's outdoor track team will open their season this weekend at the University of South Florida Invite. The team takes an annual spring break south to take advantage of warmer weather and competition.
This year the men look to improve upon their fifth-place finish at the 2004 outdoor Heptagonal Championships. The Heptagonal Championships will be hosted by Columbia in New York City on May 7 and 8.
However, before Heps, the team will compete at some key meets that will provide an accurate assessment of their conditioning. Both the Brown Invitational, to be held on April 16 in Providence, and the Penn Relays, on April 28 in Philadelphia, will provide excellent competition for the Bears.
Athletes to watch for the 2005 outdoor season:
- Ikenna Achilihu (Monroe, LA), freshman, triple jump - Ranks fourth all-time for Brown in the event (49'3.5") and placed fourth at the indoor championships.
- Ray Bobrownicki (Avondale, PA), junior, high jump- Boasts a personal best of 7'0.25" and has three Heptagonal titles, including taking top honors in the event at this year's indoor Heps.
- Grant Bowen (Plainwell, MI), sophomore, pole vault - Scored at last year's Heps and ranks fourth all-time in the event with a 15'5" best. Named track and field's Outstanding Freshman Athlete last year.
- Dallas Dissmore (Princeton, NJ), junior, sprints - Finished third in the 400m at the 2004 Outdoor Heps (48.02) and anchored the 4x400 relay to a third place finish with a 47.5 split. Finished third for Brown at the 2005 indoor Heps in the 500m (1:04.19).
- Jeff Gaudette (Biddeford, ME), senior, distances - A cross country All-American, Gaudette scored in both the 5,000m and 10,000m at last year's outdoor Heptagonal games.
- Jake Golenor (Redding, CA), junior, shot put and discus - Will help to lead the charge as a co-captain for the 2005 year. Golenor scored second in the discus and second in the shot put at last year's outdoor Heps, making Brown's top-ten list for both events. (shot put- 52'6" discus- 166'7") He will be the top Ivy returner in the discus.
- Jordan Kinley (Santa Rosa, CA), junior, middle distance - After scoring at the 2004 indoor Heps in the 1,000m run, Kinley looks to compete outdoors in the 800m and 1500m runs and will be a scoring threat for Brown at the Heptagonals.
- Jamil McClintock (Plainfield, NJ), freshman, hurdles - A high school state champion in the 110m hurdles, McClintock looks to be competitive in the league in the event.
- Hugh Murphy (Baldwin City, KS), junior, javelin and discus - Ranks third all-time for Brown in the javelin with a throw of 215'7".
- Michael Pruzinsky (Wayne, NK), sophomore, sprints - Finished fourth in the 400m at the 2005 indoor Heps (48.74) and anchored the third-place indoor 4x400.
- Paul Rosiak (Woodridge, NJ), sophomore, javelin - Ranks on Brown's all-time top ten with a throw of 200'1"
- Patrick Tarpy (Yarmouth, ME), senior, middle distances - As a co-captain for the 2005 season, Tarpy will look to score in both the middle and longer distances. He ranks sixth for Brown in the 1500m (3:46.73). In the 2005 indoor season, he ran 8:03.52 for the 3,000m and 4:04.5 in the mile.
- Kent Walls (Beckley, WV), junior, discus and hammer- His mark of 163'9" ranks him on Brown's top ten and he will return as the second ranked discus thrower in the league.
- Owen Washburn (Amherst, MA), junior, distances - Finished third in the 3,000m at the 2005 indoor Heps (8:17.18) and anchored the distance medley team to a victory. Also ranks on Brown's all-time top ten in the outdoor 5,000m (14:28.04).
After returning from Florida, their first meet back in the northeast will take place on April 9 at the University of Connecticut Invitational in Storrs, CT.