August 31, 2005

Bears Set For 2005 Season

Aug. 31, 2005

The 2005 season will mark a fresh start for the Brown men's cross country team with several new roles to be filled. With the departure of team standouts Jeff Gaudette '05 and Patrick Tarpy '05, the Bears will be looking for several members of the team to step up and help fill those voids. Seniors Owen Washburn (Amherst, MA) and Chris Burke (Dexter, MI) are at the forefront of the list to take over the top two running spots this season and will look to improve Brown from its fourth place finish at last year's Heptagonal Championships.

Racing together throughout last season, Washburn and Burke were the Bears' third and fourth position men in every major race. While 2004 was Washburn's first collegiate cross country season, he established himself as a top Ivy League harrier with his track performances in the winter and spring and will serve as captain for the 2005 cross country and track teams. Indoors, he took third in the 3,000-meter distance and anchored the Heptagonal Championship distance medley squad. Outdoors, he took fourth in the 5,000-meter and also posted a time of 14:15 in the same event to rank seventh all-time for Brown.

Burke will be the top returner for the Bears from both Heptagonals and from the NCAA Regionals. Burke's strength lies in the long distance events, as he scored in the 10,000-meter race at outdoor Heps. Burke earned the Most Improved Award for his breakthrough cross country season.

Though Washburn and Burke are expected to headline the squad, several other returners from the Bears' young roster will look to fill the remaining varsity spots. Sophomore Jacob Nettleton (South Orange, NJ) served as the fifth scorer for the Bears for many races throughout last season, including at the highly competitive Pre-Nationals meet. Nettleton made an immediate impact last year after walking on to the team in the fall. He was honored with the Outstanding Freshman Award at the conclusion of the season.

Junior Nick Neely (Portola Valley, CA) and senior Jordan Kinley (Santa Rosa, CA) have both served as previous varsity scorers for the Brown distance team, but injury-plagued seasons kept both from performing to their potential last season. Each is hoping to avenge last year's hardships and contend for a permanent spot on the varsity roster. They will play vital roles in the Bears' quest to improve from last year's Heptagonal finish.

Sophomore Ozzie Myers (Chittenango, NY) will return as the Bears' top man from the junior varsity race at NCAA Regionals. Myers posted strong times throughout the track season as a middle-distance and steeplechase specialist and hopes to convert his newfound strength to improvements on the cross country course.

Junior Eamon Quick (Phoenix, AZ) and sophomore Ari Zamir (Ridgewood, NJ) aim to stake claim to scoring positions as well. Quick posted a time of 4:10 in the mile and Zamir clocked 8:28 in the 3,000-meter run in his rookie debut.

The Bears will also benefit from the incoming talents of rookies Stephen Chaloner (Merrimack, NH), Sean O'Brien (Westborough, MA), Brian Schmidt (West Hempstead, NY), and Finn Yarbrough (San Pueblo, NM).

Brown will get a taste of Ivy competition from the very start of the season, as the Bears open their 2005 campaign on September 10 at Dartmouth College.