February 22, 2009

Women's Track & Field Has Strong Performances at USATF New England Championships

Feb. 22, 2009

Cambridge, MA - The Brown women's track & field team turned in a lot of strong performances today at the USATF New England Championships hosted by Harvard University on Sunday afternoon. The Bears' solid times during today's meet gives Brown great momentum going into the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships next weekend hosted at Harvard.

In the sprints, freshman Susan Scavone had a terrific race in the 60-meter hurdles running a personal best 8.92 to rank her seventh in the Ivy League. Following behind was sophomore Natasha Smith (Gloucester, MA) with a 9.44. Scavone also gave a strong effort in the 60m dash, placing fifth with an 8.06.

Brown freshman Becca Leeds crossed the line in 1:00.74 in the 400m dash to place third, while freshman Bridgette Black (Hanover, NH) registered a 1:01.35 for eighth place. In the 800m, sophomore Kesley Ramsey (Franklin Lakes, NJ) ran an indoor personal best of 2:11 to rank her fifth in the League.

In the field events, the women's weight throw was phenomenal, as sophomore Brynn Smith (Saco, ME) and senior Molly Hawksley (Rumford, RI) both threw personal bests as Brown secured first through third place finishes in the event. Smith recorded a 53-11.00 toss for the title, while Hawksley followed behind with a 50-10.75 and freshman Lissa Mazanec (Colby, KS) locked up third place with a 42-07.50 throw. Smith and Hawksley are currently ranked third and fourth, respectively, heading into this weekend's Ivy Championships.

The shot put went just as well for the Bears, as junior Danielle Grunloh (Effingham, IL) threw a personal best of 47-3 to win the event, and Smith notched a 47-01.00 for second.

Sophomore Rachel Biblo (Thiensville, WI) posted a personal best in the long jump with an 18-02.25 to earn the title, while junior Shannon Stone (Mont Vernon, NH) followed in sixth place with a 16-10.75. Another personal best came from junior Cassandra Wong (Ridgewood, NJ) in the pole vault, as she posted an 11-5.75 to place second in the event and ranks her sixth in the Ivy League. Both Grace Watson (Belmont, MA) and Anja Hergrueter (Walpack, NJ) picked up third-place finishes in the high jump, as each recorded a 5-03.75.

The Bears will now compete in the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships next weekend hosted at Harvard University.