June 18, 2004

Tracksters Win in Europe

June 18, 2004

London, England - A select group of men and women from the Brown Track & Field program traveled to England for their quad-annual foreign trip and came away with victories against St Mary's College and Birmingham University. The trip is a combined excursion with Dartmouth and occurs every Olympic year. Athletes are selected for the trip based on their performance at the Heptagonal League championships. Twenty-seven athletes represented Brown and twenty-three competed for Dartmouth.

The triangular meet was contested Wednesday evening, June 16 at St Mary's College, about 30 minutes outside of London. Brown and Dartmouth combined forces to compete against St Mary's and Birmingham, as well as a number of guests from Kenya. The meet came down to the final events, the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. Both teams were behind going into the relays, but won all four of the races to win their respective meets.

On the men's side, wins were turned in by Daveed Diggs in the 110 high hurdles; Dallas Dissmore in the 400 meters (48.7); Brendan O'Keefe in the 1500; Jake Golenor in the discus; Ray Bobrownicki in the high jump; and, Grant Bowen in the pole vault.

Golenor threw over 160 feet in the discus, as did Kent Walls who took second. The pole vault was also a one-two affair with captain Tony Hatala grabbing the runner-up spot. Dissmore, Diggs and Bowen joined forces with Dartmouth's Fatih Stanley on the 4x100. On the 4x400 relay, Dartmouth's Richard Cedrone and Joe Maruchek ran the first and third legs while O'Keefe doubled back on the second leg before Dissmore anchored in 47.5 for the win.

The women had similar success. Captain-elect Jill Lynch won the discus over teammate Grace Cunningham and she took second in the shot put. Triple jumpers Brittany Grover and Dominique Bosa-Edwards swept the top two spots in the triple jump and Dartmouth's Lilly Bertz led a one-two finish in the pole vault with Alison Brager. Katie Rowinski won the high jump.

On the track Emily Lewis-LaMonica got things started for the Brown-Dartmouth group by winning the 400 intermediate hurdles in 63.0. Jaylon White and Lauren Linder went two-three in the 100 in 12.2 and 12.4, respectively, while Linder placed fourth to captain Julia Stevenson's third in the 200. Kate Cushing ran 4:36, good for second in the 1500 and Fara Kitton ran 14.4 in the 100 high hurdles to take third. Naja Ferjan pulled double-duty in the 800 (third in 2:11) and the 400 (second in 58.0) before anchoring the 4x400 relay in 57.0. Lewis-LaMonica ran the second leg of the relay. Stevenson, Linder, Kitton and White combined for the win in the 4x100 relay.

The team will continue to tour England with stops at Windsor Castle, Stratford on Avon and Oxford University. The remaining four days of the trip be spent in London at London University's Ramsey Hall. This trip culminates a successful year for the Brown Track & Field and Cross Country program. Last fall, the men's cross country team won their first-ever Heptagonal League team title and a little over a month ago, the women took second in the Outdoor Heptagonal League Track & Field meet. Individually, senior-to-be Jeff Gaudette earned All-American honors in the cross country season. Both squads will return a solid core of athletes for the 2004-05 year and look forward to competing successfully on both a league and national level.