February 19, 2007

Women Compete at USATF New England Championships

Feb. 19, 2007

Boston, MA - Junior Akilah King (Medford, MA) and senior Cheryl Scott (Atco, NJ), who have both gained recognition in sprinting events, made their collegiate jumping debuts this weekend and subsequently broke into Brown's top ten indoor performance list in their respective events. They competed with the rest of the Brown track and field team at the USATF New England Indoor Track and Field Championships at Harvard University. Although there was no team score, the Bears showed signs of peaking at just the right time, with the Heptagonal Championships just one week away.

In the sprints, senior Lauren Hale (Warren, RI) placed fourth in the 60 meter dash in 8.02. King won the 200 meter in 24.99, with freshman Thelma Breezeatl (Manassas, VA) right behind in second, in 25.09. Hale placed sixth in the event in 25.90. Freshman Jasmine Chukwueke (San Diego, CA) placed sixth in the 400 with a 59.10 run. Sophomore Dianna Anderson (Veron, NJ) placed fourth in the 60 meter high hurdles in 9.62.

In the distance events, Smita Gupta (Tulsa, OK) placed fourth in the 800 meter run, with a 2:14.52 time. In the mile, freshman Jenna Ridgway (Santa Barbara, CA) placed fourth in 5:01.65, followed by freshman Ariel Wright (Oakland, CA) in fifth (5:04.71), and sophomore Lindsay Kahn (Port Jefferson, NY) in sixth (5:05.56).

The jumps were highlighted by Scott and King's performances in the jumping events. Scott placed second in the long jump in 18-04.25, and King placed second in the triple jump in 38-05.5. Scott's jump places her seventh on Brown's indoor top ten and seventh in the Ivy League at the moment. King's jump places her third on the top ten, and fourth in the Ivy League.

In the throws, freshman Danielle Grunloh (Effingham, IL) won the shot put with a 42-06.25 throw, followed by freshman Jenna Silver (Elmhurst, IL) in third with a 41-00.5. Sophomore Jenna Hawksley (Rumford, RI) placed fourth in the weight throw with a 49-01.00 effort. Samantha Kuo (San Mateo, CA) placed fifth in the event in 46-11.5. Grunloh leaves the meet ranked fourth in the Ivy League in the shot put, and Hawksley ranked eighth in the weight throw.

The Bears will compete again on February 24th and 25th at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships in New York, NY. With many of the Brown athletes currently ranked within the league it promises to be an excellent competition, as they work to defend, or even improve upon last years third place finish.