Bears stumble during in-state meet with fewer competititors

Captains’ and select individuals’ successes prove unable to secure a team victory

Sports Staff Writer
Tuesday, February 5, 2013

The men and women of track and field were trumped by their hosts at the University of Rhode Island Coaches Tribute Invitational in Kingston last weekend. The men’s team secured a seventh place finish while the women’s team claimed fifth overall, both falling to first-place Ram finishes.

Ajani Brown ’14 claimed an individual title in the 400-meter dash with a time of 50.22 seconds.

“Everyone took something away from the meet,” Brown said. “A lot of the team was taking the week off to just train, but even with less numbers we were able to compete well.”

Co-captain Kenneth Thompson ’13 also secured another victory for the Bears by taking the triple jump with a leap of 14.31 meters.

“The captains have been great this year,” Brown said. “Not only do they motivate the team by encouraging everyone daily at practice and in everyday life, but they also motivate on the track through their performances.”

For the women, co-captain Lacey Craker ’13 and Josephine Darpolor ’16 took the top spots in the weight throw. Craker took first with a toss of 17.71 meters while Darpolor’s toss of 16.28 meters earned her second place.

“We performed pretty well overall,” Darpolor said. “Some of us still have adjustments to make to get our desired results, but the team as a whole is progressing in the right direction.”

Hannah Wallace ’13 added another first place win for the Bears in the pole vault by clearing 3.55 meters. Elaine Kuckertz ’13 earned the top spot in the 1000-meter with a time of 2:57.

The Bears are now preparing for the Boston University Valentine Invitational Feb. 8 and 9.

“We are very much looking forward to Friday,” Kuckertz said. “It’s a really good meet on a fast track at (BU).”


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