Providence, RI- The Brown University women's track & field team competed at the Alden Invitational this weekend hosted at the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon. The Bears earned nine titles this weekend, including one won by the Bears' 4x400m relay team.
"The coaching staff has been pleased with the fall preparations of the team, but it can be difficult to predict how quickly athletes will convert training into the competition arena," said women's distance coach Mitchell Baker. "From a big-picture-view, the women competed well as a collective, and in several cases, showed a performance-level that was pleasantly surprising."
Freshman Lauren Waterbury (St. Louis, MO) earned the 300m dash title crossing the finish line in 40.75 seconds, and freshman Anna Boughtwood (Rensselear, NY) followed in 42.30 seconds for fourth place. Also competing was rookie Michele Narbonne (Lancaster, MA), who earned sixth place with a time of 42.57 seconds.
"Six of the nine events that we won included at least a runner-up finish by another Brown woman or relay; as we look to develop the depth of the squad, this is a good indicator that the training groups are healthy and capable of pushing each other positively from within," added Baker. "It was a good start and great to have so many alumni out in support."
Sophomore Megan Palmer (Whitefish Bay, WI) captured the 600m run title with a 1:37.43, and was followed by teammates Tess Plant-Thomas (San Diego, CA) who came in second place with a time of 1:38.28, and sophomore Sasha Teninty (Eugene, OR) who came in third with a 1:38.96. Also, senior Galia Deitz (Richland, WA) earned fifth place with a 1:41.56.
In the 1,000m run, junior Elaine Kuckertz (Clarendon Hills, IL) ran a 3:00.84 to earn the championship, and was followed by a fifth place finish by senior Bridgett Black (Hanover, NH) (3:09.13) and an eighth place finish by Abigail Braiman (3:13.43).
Senior co-captain Susan Scavone (Summit, NJ) earned the 55m hurdle title in 8.13 seconds. Freshman Jordan DeLoach (Bowie, MD) ran the hurdles in 8.29 for second place and Kelly Berg (Manalpan, NJ) placed seventh with a 9.10.
Amanda Hermann finished in third place in the 3,000m run with a 10:43.42 and Elizabeth Ryan followed close behind with a 10:46.89.
The Bears locked up first through third place in the 4x400m relay. Brown's first-place squad ran a 3:58.81, the second place team finished in 4:04.19 and the third place relay crossed in 4:05.58.
In the field events, Gabrielle Gennaci won the high jump with a height of 1.53m, and Jocelyn West came in right behind with a 1.48m height good for second place. In the pole vault, freshman Monica Pechanec (Phillipsburg, NJ) won the title with a 3.50m distance, and was followed by junior Hannah Wallace (3.35), sophomore Hannah McPhee (3.20m) and Chelsea Hartigan (3.05m).
Sophomore Jessica Eason (Boston, MA), an ECAC qualifier, claimed the shot put title with a 13.69m distance, and now ranks No. 8 all-time on Brown's Indoor Top 10 list. Heather Vermillion followed close behind with a second place toss of 12.41m and Karoliina Kase came in sixth place for the Bears with a 10.98m throw.
Lacey Craker picked up the weight throw championship with an ECAC qualifying distance of 16.75m, which improves her to No. 3 All-Time in the event on Brown's Top 10 Indoor list. Also in the long jump, Jara Crear (New Orleans, LA) finished in second place with a 5.10m distance. Sophomore Brianna Crimmins (Sacramento, CA) came in close behind with a fourth place leap of 4.96m. In the triple jump, Tina Liu (Wichita, KS) finished in third place with a 10.30m distance.