March 28, 2004
Raleigh, NC - The men's and women's track & field teams competed at the Raleigh Relays at North Carolina State to open their spring training trip. Outstanding performances were turned in by those who competed despite the fact that the team is in heavy training.
On the women's side, Jennifer Donahue led the way with a throw in the hammer of 164' 2", a PR by over 17 feet! Throwing mate Laura Dudek made her college debut in the javelin with a mark of 137' 7", only a few feet away from her PR. Also in the javelin, on the men's side, Paul Rosiak debuted with a throw of 184' 10".
Senior Kate Cushing got things rolling on the track for the Bears. She ran the 1500 in 4:37.50, five seconds faster than she has ever opened an outdoor season. That set the stage for the women's relays to have success, too. In the 4x100, Lauren Linder, Julia Stevenson, Fara Kitton and Jaylon White combined to win their section in 47.92 despite shaky hand-offs. Stevenson returned to run the second leg of the 4x400 which had similar success. Kelly Powell led off and Stevenson blazed a 55.1 leg. Emily Lewis-LaMonica kept Brown in the hunt and Naja Ferjan anchored in 56.2 for a combined 3:49.13, one of the fastest openers ever for Brown. The men got in on the action, too, by running 3:16.54. David Owen led off in 48.9. El Gilbert and Christian Tabib ran the middle legs before Dallas Dissmore anchored in 47.4, his fastest 400 ever.
Both squads will spend the rest of the week training at Duke before competing in the Duke Invitational April 2 and 3. Their first meet back in the northeast will be a nine-team invitational at home on April 10.