February 4, 2007

Three First Place Finishes at Geigengack Invitational

Feb. 4, 2007

New Haven, CT - Freshmen Ariel Wright (Oakland, CA), and Emily Bourdeau (Longmeadow, MA) along with sophomore Kristen Olds (Painesville, OH) earned the Bears three first place finishes at the Geigengack Invitational, put on by Yale University. Although there was no team score, the Bears were able to compete with fellow Ivies Yale, Harvard, and University of Pennsylvania, helping them to prepare for the upcoming championship meets.

On the track, Wright finished first in the 5,000 meter run with a 16:59.74, more than a minute ahead of her nearest competitor. Senior Naja Ferjan (Ljubljana, Slovenia) finished second in the 500 with a 1:13.89. Bourdeau won the 1,000 meter run in 2:57.25. Wright's finish in the 5,000 meter places her fifth on the list of Brown's top ten indoor performances.

In the sprints, sophomore Nicole Burns (Newburgh, NY) placed fifth in the 200 meter dash (24.96), followed by freshman Thelma Breezeatl (Manassas, VA) in sixth (25.00). Burns also took third in the 400 meter dash in 56.15. Breezeatl took second in the 60 meter dash in 7.68.

In the relays, Brown took third in the 1,600 meter relay. The Bears finished the race in 3:48.99, ahead of both Yale and UPenn. Harvard did not compete in the event.

The field events were highlighted by a 1, 3, 4 finish in the pole vault. Olds took first in the event with a 11-09.75 jump, followed by junior Keely Marsh (Annandale, NJ) in third with a 11-03.75 jump, and junior Tiffany Chang (Lafayette, CA) in fourth, also jumping 11-03.75. Freshman Alex Hartley (Spring, TX) placed third in the shot put with a 41-10.75 throw. Sophomore Samantha Kuo (San Mateo, CA) placed sixth in the weight throw with a 44-09.50 throw.

The Bears will compete again on February 9th and 10th at the St. Valentine's Invitational at Boston University in Massachusetts.