Three first-place finishes at Yale

Sports Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Although the Giegengack Invitational at Yale was not scored, the Bears still made their presence felt on the track last weekend. Three athletes returned to Brown with titles as the squads continue to progress through the indoor season with the Feb. 26 and 27 Ivy League Heptagonal Championships at Columbia less than three weeks away.

“It’s a building process, and we’ve got a long ways to go, but I’m pleased with the progress,” said Tim Springfield, assistant distance coach.  

Christian Escareno ’11 gave the top performance on the men’s side, running to a first-place finish in the 5,000-meter in 14 minutes, 31.01 seconds.

The sprinters were well represented by John Spooney ’14, who claimed fifth place in the 60-meter dash in 6.94 seconds.  

“I felt like it was okay. The start was a little off,” Spooney said. “For the 60-meter, I’d like to run in 6.80 seconds.”

Dan Lowry ’12 covered 3,000 meters in 8:20.66, finishing second overall in the event.

Brendan Boyle ’14 also ran a strong race in the 3,000-meter, posting a time much faster than what he ran in high school, Springfield said.   

“I was pleased with the performances,” Springfield said. “It may be hard to tell from the results, but we had a lot of individuals win their sections, so that’s a positive sign they’re competing well.”

Elaine Kuckertz ’13 highlighted the women’s performances, covering one mile in 4:56.32. Not far behind, Kate DeSimone ’14 finished closely in third place in 5:02.21.  

Hannah Wallace ’13 won another title for Brown in the pole vault, vaulting 11 feet, 9.75 inches to clear the bar. Colby Lubman ’14 finished fourth in the 60-meter dash, while Susan Scavone ’12 came in second in the 60-meter hurdles.

As the squads continue to prepare for the Heptagonal Championships, some runners remain sidelined by injuries. Michael Stumpf ’13 and co-captain Matt Duffy ’12 are among those who are banged up, according to Springfield.

Bruno will next compete at the New York Road Runners Club in New York City Feb. 20, which will be the final chance for the squads to gain additional experience before returning to the state for the Heptagonal Championships.