Boston, MA- The Brown University men's and women's track & field team competed at the 2012 USATF New England Indoor Championships hosted at Gordon Track at Harvard University on Sunday afternoon. With titles won, as well as personal records and season-bests earned, the Bears will use this momentum and carry it into the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships hosted at Cornell on Saturday, Feb. 25-26.
Highlighting the women's squad were Elaine Kuckertz and Katherine DeSimone who earned third and fourth place finishes, respectively, in the one-mile run. Kuckertz crossed the finish line in 4:55.76 and DeSimone came in right behind with a 4:58.21 as they both earned season-best times.
"The milers had a very productive day with two personal records and two season-bests out of the four women that competed in the race," said women's distance coach Mitchell Baker.
"As seniors, it was wonderful to see Bridgette and Rachel race so well after overcoming a lot of adversity the last couple of years," added Baker.
Another highlight for Brown was the title and PR earned by Susan Scavone in the 60m hurdles. Scavone ran the race in 8.53 seconds as teammate Jordan DeLoach earned a personal record with a second place time of 8.69 seconds.
In the 800m run, Tess Plant-Thomas finished in second place with a 2:14.57, Megan Palmer finished in third in the 400m dash with a 59.54 second time and was followed by Efe Cudjoe's fifth place time of 59.76.
The Bears had outstanding performances from the shot put group, as Jessica Eason earned the title and was followed closely by Heather Vermillion with a 12.82m throw (42-00.75), which was just off of her personal record for second place.
"Heather (Vermillion) had a great throw and showed she is ready for competition at Heps," said Director of Men's and Women's Track and Field/Cross Country Michelle Eisenreich.
On the men's side, John Spooney garnered the 60m dash title in 6.95 seconds and teammate Jonathan Hilgart earned seventh place.
Erik Berg and Colin Savage finished in second and third place in the 800m run. Berg posted a 1:52.55 for second and Savage had a big personal record crossing the finish line in 1:52.95 for third.
"Colin's PR in the 800m was a highlight and set him up for Heps next week," commented Tim Springfield, coach of the men's middle and long distances.
In the field events, Daniel Smith led the Bears in the shot put with a second place toss of 15.47m (50-09.25) and in third was first-year Matthew Miller with a personal record of 15.27m (50-01.25).
"The personal record was huge for Matt (Miller) going into Heps," added Eisenreich. "It should definitely build momentum heading into next week. In terms of the entire team, today we pulled together a few more of the pieces. The confidence level is at a good level going into next weekend and the conference championships. We're excited to bring everyone together in six days for a full team effort."
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