Ithaca, NY- The Brown women's track & field team finished fifth overall with 57 points at the 2012 Indoor Track & Field Championships hosted at Cornell this weekend. The Bears had three individuals earn All-Ivy accolades, including one First Team All-Ivy honoree, Heidi Caldwell, who captured the 5,000m run title. Columbia earned the team title with 124 points, followed by Cornell (103), Dartmouth (73), and Harvard (65).
"I was really proud of the competitiveness of the entire team," said Director of Track & Field Michelle Eisenreich. "We had a lot of very strong individual efforts. The entire team came to fight and the improvement over last year is evidence of that."
Lauren Waterbury earned Second Team All-Ivy honors as a freshman after finishing in second place in the 400m dash in 56.22. Sophomore teammate Colby Lubman followed in fourth place with a time of 56.62.
Sophomore Margaret Connelly earned third place in the 3,000m run with a personal record of 9:34.87, and senior Ari Garber earned a personal record time of 9:37.73 to finish in seventh. Caldwell captured the 5,000m run title and earned First Team All-Ivy distinction with a 16:38.01 and was followed by junior Olivia Mickle's sixth place time of 16:46.07.
"Today we scored and/or set lifetime bests in each event that we contested in the middle and long distances," said women's distance coach Mitchell Baker. "Margaret finishing 3rd in the 3k will be a huge confidence-boost for her. She beat some very accomplished athletes. Ari raced with a level of confidence that she's been circling around since we started together in August. I'm excited about both of their futures. The 4x8 put together four very strong legs to score."
Senior Susan Scavone ran an 8.66 in the 60m hurdles to finish in second place and earn Second Team All-Ivy honors, and the Bears' 4x400m relay of freshman Alexandra Stanton, Lubman, freshman Michele Narbonne and Waterbury placed third with a season best time of 3:46.88. Brown's 4x800m relay team made up of junior Bree Shugarts, sophomore Megan Palmer, junior Tess Plant-Thomas and senior Rosie Fleming garnered fourth place with a season best time of 8:57.06 and moved on to Brown's Top 10 list.
"On the women's side, we scored in every event that we entered in the sprint events," said sprints/hurdles coach Marc Mangiacotti. "I am really pleased with how they performed in a high pressure environment, especially considering the overall youth of the group."
In the field, sophomore Jessica Eason finished in fifth place in the shot put with a 42-11.50 toss, and freshman Heather Vermillion came in eighth with a 42-07.00. Also, junior Lacey Craker earned Second Team All-Ivy accolades in the weight throw with a second-place throw of 58-04.00.
"I was really proud of the way Jess (Eason) and Heather (Vermillion) competed and stepped up," said Eisenreich.
The Bears will now prepare for the ECAC/IC4A's on March 3-4 in Boston, Mass.
Photo of Margaret Connelly by Tim O'Dowd