Dec. 2, 2006
Providence, RI -
The women's track team kicked off their indoor season at home, where they hosted the annual Alden Invitational. While many of the long distance runners are still resting from the cross country season, some of the shorter distances and field events had the opportunity to compete. Local schools such as URI, Rhode Island College, and Providence College were amongst the competition.
On the track the women had some impressive performances, including a few first place finishes. In the 200 meter run, junior co-captain Akilah King (Medford, MA) took top honors with a 25:24 performance. Freshman Thelma Breezeatl (Manassas, VA) made her collegiate debut, placing sizth in the event, and fourth in the 55 meter dash. The 500 meter dash was highlighted by sophomore Nicole Burns (Newburgh, NY) 1:15 performace, which was good for a first place finish.
In addition to the sprints, there were also some notable middle distance performances. Sophomore Kat D'Auria (Norwich, CT) ruled the 1,000 meter run with a 2:59 effort, 4 seconds ahead of the next finisher. In the mile, freshman Emily Bourdeau (Longmeadow, MA) made her Brown indoor track debut, and placed third with a time of 5:15. The women also dominated the 4x400 meter relay, placing first in a field of eight teams with a 3:50 effort.
In the field the women also had some noteworthy performances. Bruno took first and second in the pole vault with a 10-11.75 jump by freshman Cassandra Wong (Ridgewood, NJ) and a 10-06.00 jump by junior Keely Marsh (Annandale, NJ). Brown also had success in the shot put where freshmen Alex Hartley (Spring, TX) and Danielle Grunloh (Effingham, IL) debuted in second and fourth, respectively.
THe Bears are now preparing for finals period and the end of the semester. They will resume competition at the URI Invitational on January 19.