April 14, 2005
Providence, RI - Brown University will host the annual Brown Invitational on Saturday, April 16 at Brown Stadium. A total of 11 teams will take part in the meet, including all three Rhode Island Division I schools. A number of athletes from the Rhode Island area will also compete.
Saturday's race will feature the Norm Taber Mile, which is being initiated this year for men and women, to honor the Rhodes Scholar, Olympic Medalist and world record holder. Brown's Norm Taber '13 set the world record in the mile in 1915, running 4:12.6 at Harvard Stadium. That time was the world record for eight years and the U.S. record for 15 years. The winner of the mile race will be presented with the award.
Junior Ray Bobrownicki will look to pick up another win in the high jump as he is a three-time Heps champion in the event for Brown. Bobrownicki will have his work cut out for him however with Yale standout Jihad Beachman and Ivan Schmidt of Southern Connecticut also competing. Senior Pat Tarpy and junior Owen Washburn are two other Brown athletes to watch for as they will compete in the 5,000 meters.
Sam Laine will compete for Harvard as the three-time defending Heps Champion in the triple jump. A trio of outstanding sprinters will also race at Brown Stadium in Wheaton College's Ajay Sisodia and Yale's freshmen duo of Brandon Giles and Victor Cheng. New England Indoor Mile champ Jon Korhonen will look to give UMass a boast with a win.
Headlining the list of Rhode Island athletes former All-Staters Adam Moitoso (Bischop Hendricken) and brothers Dan and Josh Springer (Westerly). All three are in their freshmen seasons at Boston College and will race in the Norm Taber Mile.
Former Hendricken star James Lourenco will compete in the 400 meter hurdles for Providence College while former teammate Dan Godin will look to place in the hammer throw for URI. Also competing for the Atlantic 10 and New England Champion Rams will be Brendan Lamboy in the 100 and 200 meters. Lamboy attended Warwick Vets High School.
Other Rhode Island male athletes to look for are Bamidele Faboyede in the hammer and discus and John Falkowski in the javelin for Northeastern, which won the America East Indoor Championship. Faboyede went to Classic High School while Falkowski attended Toll Gate High School.
Connecticut has a pair of Rhode Islanders on its roster in hammer throwers Jimmy Tarro of Coventry High School and David Roy of Woonsocket High School. Rhody native Mark Kenwood will compete in the 5,000 meters for UMass as well.
On the women's side for the Bears, sophomore Laura Dudek and junior Brittany Grovey should be top contenders in the javelin and triple jump respectively. Dudek is the defending Heptagonal Champion as is Grovey for the Indoor season.
Middle distance star Naja Ferjan `07 and rookie sensation Sarah Groothuis, who has already posted the second best discus mark in school history, will also compete for the Bears. Groothuis will be challenged by UConn's Daisy Van Ravensway.
All the throwing events should be well challenged with the likes of Southern Connecticut's javelin and hammer thrower Randi Cuccaro and a handful of Rhode Island natives also competing. Former Barrington star Erin Donnelly is in her freshman season at UConn, competing in the hammer, as are seniors Christina Bizon of URI, a former star for Toll Gate and Jen Iasiello of UMass.
Seekonk native Katelyn Teixeira will compete in the javelin for Wheaton College while teammate Jennifer Harlow, the New England Indoor high jump champion, will look to record a win at Brown Stadium. Cross country All-American Megan Brosseau will race in the mile for Wheaton as well.
South Kingstown's Lindsay Crouse will also compete in the mile for Harvard. Former LaSalle standout Allison Fogarty will look for a win the 400 meters for Boston College. Rounding out the Rhode Island athletes will be Mount Pleasant star Destiny Woodbury, now at URI. Woodbury was the New England indoor 400 meters champion.
Other athletes to watch for are Boston College 800 meters star Melissa Sherman and pole vaulter Saki Sagano. Umass' Kristen Balkowski, the Atlantic 10 and New England Indoor champion, will challenge Sagano in the pole vault. For Providence College, Lisa Cappello will race in the 5,000 meters.