April 27, 2008

Brown Track & Field Finishes Strong at Penn Relays

April 27, 2008

Philadelphia, PA - The Brown track & field team competed at the Penn Relays this weekend, showing outstanding effort while posting some positive results. The men were highlighted by senior Nick Sarro (Chatham, NY), who ran an 18-second person best in the 3kSC, while the women's 4x400-meter relay ran the Heptagonal section and won the event.

The women's championship 4x400 relay posted a time of 3:44.82, placing ahead of Cornell (3:45.37), Columbia (3:46.91), Princeton (3:49.74), Dartmouth (3:49.78, Yale and Dartmouth. The squad comprised of senior Akilah King (Medford, MA), with a time of 57 seconds in the leadoff leg, sophomore Jasmine Chukwueke (San Diego, CA) (56), freshman Lucy Higgins (Jeffersonville, VT) (57), and junior Nicole Burns (Newburgh, NY) anchoring the relay with a 53 second split after having already run the 400-meter leg of the DMR.

The women's distance medley relay ran in the Championship of America section, and placed eighth overall and ran the second fastest time in Brown history. Although they couldn't beat the time of All-Americans Naja Ferjan, Akilah King, Kelly Powell and Anna Willard, Brown had a solid performance from freshman Kesley Ramsey (Franklin Lakes, NJ) who led off really well in a 3:28. Burns posted a 54.8 split, freshman Samantha Adelberg (Washington, DC) posted a 2:09.5, and senior Smita Gupta (Tulsa, OK) anchored in 4:43. The team ran 11:16 overall to beat big time schools such as Penn State, and Texas, and were just behind Villanova, Penn and North Carolina.

Brown's Lauren Pischel (La Jolla, CA) also did well this weekend, running an eight-second personal best in the open (Olympic development) section of the 5k on Thursday evening. Her time of 17:19.63 for 21st place qualified her for the ECAC's.

On the men's side, Sarro's personal best of 9:04 broke him into Brown's top 10 list and also qualifies him for the NCAA Regionals. Teammate Ozzie Myers did this earlier in the year, posting a time of 8:59.

The Bears are competing in the Brown Springtime Invitational today, and will then get ready for the Heptagonal Championships on May 10.