May 5, 2006
This weekend, the men's track and field team heads to the University of Pennsylvania to compete in the two-day Outdoor Heptagonal Championships. While the Bears finished a disappointing sixth last year, they improved that finish to fourth at the 2006 Indoor Heps. The Bears have their sights set once again on climbing the Ivy rankings and will shoot for a top-three finish.
The squad will rely heavily on top points from proven scorers. Senior Ray Bobrownicki (Kennett Square, PA) has been a the most dominant high jumper in the conference during the last four years, taking three indoor titles and two outdoor thus far. He enters the weekend primed to defend his crown.
Another Bear looking to leave his mark on his last Heptagonal Championships will be Dallas Dissmore (Princeton, NJ). Dissmore captured the 2006 indoor title in the 500-meter run and will compete in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes, along with the 4x400-meter relay. Sophomore Paul Raymond, in his first track campaign, won the 60-meter dash indoors and will take on the 100-meter and 4x100-meter relay this weekend.
Senior captain Jake Golenor (Redding, CA) was the fourth individual champion for the Bears indoors. After winning the shot put in February, Golenor was hospitalized for weeks with intestinal ulcers and mononucleosis. Golenor will seek to make a comeback and lead not just his throws squad, but the entire men's team at his last Ivy Champs by taking on two events, the discus and shot put.
Golenor will not be the only highlight for the throws, as coach Michelle Eisenreich will bring an incredibly talented and deep squad to Philadelphia. Senior Hugh Murphy (Baldwin City, KA) and junior Paul Rosiak (Woodridge, NJ) enter the weekend ranked first and third in the javelin, and both have qualified for the NCAA Regional meet in the event.
Senior Kent Walls (Beckley, WV) will go into his last Heps with the top ranking in the discus and the third spot in the hammer throw. Rookie David Howard (Columbia, MD) will look to bring in big points in his first outdoor champs with his fifth-place seeds in the shot put and discus. Howard pulled in second and third place points in the shot put and weight throw indoors. Sophomore Mathieu Frankel (Newton, MA) is ranked third in the shot put and is ready to avenged a missing his chance to win the title indoors when he fouled all three attempts. Sophomore Kai Brown and rookie Eric Wood (Eugene, OR) will add depth to the events.
On the track, sophomore Luke Renick and junior Michael Pruzinsky will provide back-up to Dissmore and Raymond for coach George Evans's sprint squad and play vital roles on the relay teams. Also on the 4x100-meter relay and running the 110-meter hurdles will be Jamil McClintock took third in the high hurdles indoors and is ranked fourth going into the weekend. Three Bears will enter the longer 400-meter hurdles: junior Christian Tabib (Valparaiso, IN), sophomore Will Bernitsky (Albuquerque, NM), and rookie Matthew Jasmin (Middletown, NY).
Director Craig Lake's distance crew will be highlighted by Chris Burke (Dexter, MI) and Nick Neely (Portola Valley) in the 10,000-meter on Saturday. Both were cross country standouts, where Burke was named to the All-East team. Burke will come back on Sunday to run the 5,000-meter run along side senior Jordan Kinley (Santa Rosa, CA), junior Eamon Quick (Phoenix, AZ), and sophomore Ari Zamir (Woodridge, NJ). The middle distance squad will be represented by Kinley in the 1,500-meter run and Sean O'Brien in the 800-meter. Three Bears have a top-ten seed in the steeplechase: sophomores Ozzie Myers (Chittenango, NY) and Nick Sarro (Chatham, NY) and junior Neil Hamel (Cumberland, RI).
Sophomore Ikenna Achilihu (Monroe, LA) will be another name to watch on coach Jerome Romaine's jump team. Achilihu is a consistent scorer in the triple jump and currently ranks third in the conference. Junior Stephen Bernardi (Haddon, Heights, NJ) will look to be a threat for points in the long jump with his sixth seed. Senior Todd Kapostasy (Madison, OH) ranks in the top ten in the high jump as well.
Field events kick off at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday with the men's hammer throw. Running events begin at 12:00 p.m. with the men's 400-meter trials.