Women's Track & Field Team Third At Heptagonal Championships

May 7, 2006

Philadelphia, PA-- Photos by Dan Grossman '71

The women's track and field team finished third with 95 points behind Cornell and Penn at this weekend's Heptagonal Championships. The Bears' young sprint duo of freshman Nicole Burns (Meford, MA) and sophomore Akilah King (Medford, MA) continued their season's successes into the championship weekend by scoring in both the 200-meter and 400-meter races. Senior co-captain Brittany Grovey (Hobbs, NM) won her third outdoor triple jump title and became only the third Heps athlete to do so in the event. Senior Anna Willard (Greenwood, ME) also had a phenomenal weekend with a meet record-setting time in the steeplechase, a second place finish in the 800m and as anchor of the victorious 4x800m relay team.

Grovey defended her triple jump title with a leap of 42'9.75" and became only the third athlete in Heps history to win the event three times. Grovey also placed third in the long jump yesterday.

Willard had a stellar weekend with a win in the 3000-meter steeplechase (10:11.51), setting a new meet record and breaking her own school record in the process. The time was a Heptagonal Championship record, the second fastest time ever by an Ivy runner, and ranks her second in the nation this season. She also placed second in the 800m with a time of 2:07.12 and anchored the 4x800m relay team to victory (8:49.03). Also scoring in the 800m and running the third leg of the 4x800 was senior co-captain Kelly Powell (East Patchogue, NY). Powell placed fourth in the open 800m with a time of 2:08.37, good for third on the Bears' all-time board. Just out of scoring in the steeplechase was freshman Lindsay Kahn (Port Jefferson, NY), in seventh, with a personal best time of 10:40.71. Kahn already ranks second all-time for Brown.

The Bears won the 4x800m relay in 8:49.03. Leading off was sophomore Smita Gupta (Tulsa, OK) followed by junior Naja Ferjan (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Powell and Willard as anchor. The team's time puts them third on Brown's all-time outdoor list.

In the 1500m finals, Ferjan was boxed in when the race started to go but still managed to finish fifth in 4:29.87.

In the finals of the 200m, King and Burns placed third and fifth, respectively. King's time of 24.16 places her second on the Bears' all-time outdoor top ten list while Burns' time of 24.58 ties her for seventh. Burns also placed second in the the 400m with a time of 54.34 which ups her spot on the Bears' all-time outdoor list to second, a remarkable feat for the freshman. King also placed in the 400m; she was sixth with a time of 55.55. King and Burns were also integral legs of the Bears' sprint relays. In the 4x400m, Brown placed third in 3:47.34.

Junior Brooke Wolfe (Perkasie, PA) placed sixth in the heptathlon with 4,422 points. Wolfe's total puts her sixth on the Bears' all-time outdoor list.

Junior Michol Monaghan (Uniontown, PA) placed fifth in the 5000-meter with a time of 16:48.83. Monaghan's time ties her all-time personal best, which is third on Brown's all-time outdoor board.

Finally, senior Erin Meschter (Danville, PA) placed sixth with a height of 5'5" in the high jump at her last Heps.

Qualifying members of the track and field team will return to action next weekend at the ECAC Championships in Princeton, NJ.

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