Ivy League Heptagonal Championships Headed To Brown

May 6, 2004

Providence, RI - The battle for the John Baxter Taylor and Lynn Jennings Trophies will take place at the 2004 Outdoor Ivy League Heptagonal Championships to be held at Brown Stadium in Providence, RI on May 8-9.

The Cornell women have won five Heps Championships (Indoor and Outdoor) in a row and will look to continue that streak while the Big Red men broke through a 14-year Penn-Princeton stranglehold on the Championship last year. The Brown men jumped from a seventh place finish in 2002 to a fourth place finish at last year's Championships and will look to advance even further this year. On the women's side, the Bears turned in a fourth place finish last year with a well-rounded team effort.

Individually, a number of stars have emerged, but none so prolific as All-Americans Brian Chaput of Penn and Mustafa Abdur-Rahim of Dartmouth. Both have already qualified for the Olympic Track & Field Trials and hope to continue a magical run all the way to Athens. Chaput is the reigning NCAA champion in the javelin, while Abdur-Rahim placed sixth at nationals in the decathlon.

On the women's side, Princeton will get points from both Cack Ferrell and Emily Kroshus in the distance runs while Cornell has a bevy of quarter-milers who could score, led by Kari Steed. Yale has some young sprint stars in Joslyn Woodard and Katrina Castille, while the Big Red's Hannah Garrity can handle the straightaways with or without hurdles in her way. Her teammate, Becky Tucker, won both throwing events at the Indoor Championships.

The premier distance runner on the men's side is Columbia standout Steve Sundell, who has already won the cross-country title and the 3,000- and 5,000-meter runs at Indoors this season.

Brown has a number of athletes in the running for individual titles, led by sophomore Ray Bobrownicki in the high jump. Bobrownicki won the Outdoor title last year and the Indoor title this season. On the women's side senior Katie Rowinski, a South Kingstown High School grad, has captured those same feats in the high jump as well. Rowinski also scored in the 100 meter hurdles Outdoors last year.

Other Brown athletes in contention for individual titles are freshman Naja Ferjan, who captured the indoor 800 title in February and junior Jill Lynch, who was edged out of the outdoor shot put title by a mere two and a half inches last year. As only a freshman last season, Brittany Grovey turned heads in the triple jump. Grovey earned Second Team All-Ivy honors at Indoors this season with her second place finish. Senior Lauren Linder has emerged as one of the league's top sprinters in her final year with the Bears.

Senior Julia Stevenson is in the running for the 400 meter title as is sophomore Emily Lewis-LaMonica in the 400-meter hurdles. Lewis-LaMonica is currently second in the league in that event. Three of the Bears relay teams are possible contenders. The 4x800 team captured the Indoor title this season and the 4x400 placed second. At outdoors last year, the 4x100 team finished third in an extremely close race.

For the men, junior Daveed Diggs already has a first place finish under his belt in the 110-meter hurdles this season as does junior Dallas Dissmore in the 400 meters. Junior Jeff Gaudette is the reigning Outdoor 10,000 meters champion and will look to defend his title this year.

Senior Brendan O'Keefe is another individual to look out for. He placed second in the mile at Indoors in February and will be running the 1,500 meters during the outdoor season. The men's 4x400 squad is another Brown relay in the race for the Ivy title.