Brown Turns in Several Top Performances at Ivy League Heptagonal Championship

CAMBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS – The Brown women's track and field program competed in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship at Harvard this past weekend, coming away with eighth place in the team standings.

"Obviously, that's not where we want to be as a team," said interim director of track and field Tim Springfield. "But I pointed out to the women that we had seven underclassmen who finished just one or two positions outside of scoring, including four freshmen, and the reigning Ivy League 400m champion was home, healing up from injury.  We have the personnel to compete well in the future--we just have to use this meet as motivation to continue to develop."

Leading the squad was senior co-captain Lacey Craker (Baraboo, WI) who finished in the top three in the weight throw with a mark of 18.13m. Freshman Josephine Darpolar (Pecos, TX) finished just after her in fourth place with a throw of 17.42m in the event on Saturday, suffering a wrist injury in the process.

In Sunday's shot put competition, sophomore Heather Vermillion (Visalia, CA) finished in seventh place with a personal record of 13.50m. Her heave was the 11th best all-time mark at Brown. Sophomore Victoria Buhr (Sheboygan, MI) also took the eighth spot in the event, while Darpolar finished ninth.

"It was a shame that Darpolar was unable to compete at her normal high level today with the injury to her wrist," said Springfield.  "I don't think it's anything that will keep her out for long, and we think she'll be back competing at 100% by the time of our first outdoor meet."

Also scoring for Brown was sophomore Alexandra Stanton (Medfield, MA), who placed in the 400m dash.  Stanton finished in fifth with a personal record of 56.07s, earning her the seventh all-time fastest time for Brown in the event. Freshman Emmaline Suchland (Seattle, WA) finished seventh in the 60m dash with a time of 7.71s, the fifth best all-time at Brown.

Seniors Olivia Mickle (Sacramento, CA) and Bree Shugarts (Lewistown, PA) put up strong performances amid a competitive field in the distance events.  Mickle finished the 5000m in 16:41 to claim sixth place, while Shugarts raced the mile in 4:53 in the preliminaries on Saturday and then ran the anchoring leg of a relay on Sunday.

Freshman Uzoamaka Okoro (Darien, IL) also placed on Brown's top 10 all-time performances list in the triple jump.  She grabbed seventh place with a personal record performance of 11.60m.

The Ivy League Heptagonal Championship marks the end of the regular indoor season competition for the sqaud, but part of the team will compete next weekend at Notre Dame in the Alex Wilson Invitational and at the ECAC Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Massachusetts.