Women Win UConn Invitational

April 11, 2005

Storrs, CT - 1. Brown- 204
2. Connecticut- 186.5
3. Rhode Island- 116
4. Northeastern- 68
5. Sacred Heart- 53
6. Vermont- 47.5
7. Providence- 37
8. CCSU- 14

Brown won the University of Connecticut Invitational this past weekend, beating UConn for the first time since 2001.

Brown's middle distance duo of sophomore Naja Ferjan and junior co-captain Kelly Powell continued their success with a 1-2 finish in the 800m run. Ferjan won with a time of 2:09.69, and Powell took second in 2:13.66. Junior Anna Willard won the 1500m run in 4:37.29, a personal best. Four girls had personal best times in the event. Senior Bridget Gagne won the unseeded heat of the 1500m in her 2005 debut after outpacing the rest of the competition by nearly 3 seconds in the last lap alone.

Senior Fara Kitton had a standout day as she took second in the 110m hurdles (14.52) against a strong headwind and came back to debut in the 400m hurdles, winning in 62.06. Kitton also ran on the 4x100m relay.

Junior Janea Russ and freshman Tiffany Chang took the top two spots in the pole vault, each with a height of 11-5.75. Senior Ashley Wall took third in the long jump and senior Dominique Bosa-Edwards took runner-up in the triple jump.

Freshman Sarah Groothuis set another personal best in the discus, this time by over ten feet to win the event at 156-07 to win by over eleven feet. Senior Jen Donahue won the weight throw at 162-8. Senior co-captain Jill Lynch took second in the shot put and fifth in the discus. Sophomore Laura Dudek took second-place honors in the javelin with a throw of 131-10.

Senior Jaylon White took first in the 100m dash and third in the 200m dash. Sophomore Lauren Hale took the runner-up spot in the shorter sprint and fifth in the 200m.

Sophomore Madeline Marecki, after trying out for the team in the fall of her freshman year, has had consistent improvement and scored in the 5,000m event.

The Bears will compete next at the Brown Invitational, to be held at home on April 16.
Full Results
Photos by Dan Grossman '71