Squads hit the road, compete separately

Sports Staff Writer
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The men’s and women’s track and field squads split their forces this weekend as a majority of the members competed at Princeton’s Larry Ellis Memorial Invitational, and a small group of athletes traveled down to Louisiana State University for the Alumni Gold tournament. Both meets were not scored, but Brown kept its competitive spirit high.  

At Princeton, Heidi Caldwell ’14 ran the 3000-meter in 9 minutes, 44.50 seconds for a second-place finish. In the 5000m, Ari Garber ’13 earned 11th place with a time of 16:48.72.

On the men’s side, Dan Lowry ’12 covered the 5000-meter in 14:16.27 to come in 18th.

John Spooney ’14 put together two strong performances, finishing second in the 200-meter dash and seventh in the 100-meter dash. His times were 21.41 seconds and 10.82, respectively.

The seven athletes who traveled down to Baton Rouge competed mostly in field events. The sole exception was Samantha Adelberg ’11, who represented Bruno on the track, finishing eighth in the 800-meter with a time of 2:08.73.

Everyone was “right around” a personal record, said Michelle Eisenreich, director of men’s and women’s track and field.

Rachel Biblo ’11 enjoyed a successful day as she triple jumped 40 feet, 11 inches to finish third. She also finished fourth in the long jump with a leap of 19-4 3/4.  

“The performance of the day goes to Rachel Biblo,” Eisenreich said. “She had about a foot (personal record) in the long jump and then what I think is her second-best triple jump ever.”

“I think I got some pretty solid jumps that were competitive in the Ivy League,” Biblo said. “I think I just need to be more fluid and have better acceleration.”

Victoria Buhr ’13 hurled the discus 157-6 and claimed third place. Brynn Smith ’11 threw the hammer 197-6 for a second-place finish in the hammer throw and launched the shot 47-9 1/4 to finish fourth in the shot put.

Bruno was well represented in the javelin throw by Nicholas Keeling ’14 and Niina Al-Hassan ’14, who threw 215-8 and 142-10, respectively. Keeling finished second in the men’s competition, while Al-Hassan finished third among women.

The squads will send a small number of athletes to the Penn Relays this weekend, while the majority of the team will remain home to host the Brown Springtime Open.

Only two weeks remain until the Ivy League Heptagonal Track and Field Championships at Yale. Last year, the women’s team came in second overall, and the men’s team finished third. Eisenreich said this year the teams need to focus on refining technique, improving speed and resting.

“I think that the teams are really excited to try to improve on their performance at Heps from last year,” Eisenreich said. “We’re expecting an even larger contingent at regionals and hopefully nationals as well.”


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