Men’s and women’s track and field
Distance runners Ned Willig ’16 and Heidi Caldwell ’14 posted impressive performances for Bruno at the Terrier Invitational, hosted by Boston University. Hundreds of athletes from schools all over the Northeast made for a competitive field, but Willig topped 81 runners in the 1,000-meter run with a blistering time of 2 minutes, 22.35 seconds.
Caldwell shattered a school record in the 3,000-meter run, posting a time of 9:28.48 and taking home seventh place. Three other Bruno women — Alex Stanton ’15, Sasha Teninty ’14 and former Herald senior staff writer Katherine DeSimone ’14 — turned in times that rank in the top 10 in Brown history, but none of the three won their respective events, a testament to the talent pool at the meet.
Joe Donahue Games
Across town at Northeastern University, eight Bears finished their days at the top of the podium. On the women’s side, the Bears found more success in distance events as Lily Harrington ’16 won the 3,000-meter run with a 9:51.96 time. For the men, sprinters Raul Green ’17 and Kelly Ryan ’16 captured first place in the 200-meter and 400-meter, respectively.
The Bears’ best showing of the meet came from their throwers, as Bruno men and women swept the shot put and weight throw. Victoria Buhr ’14 won her second meet in as many weeks, with a throw of 14.52 meters. Kebbeh Darpolor ’16 took the weight throw crown with a throw of 17.26. Courtland Clavette ’15 topped all male putters with his 16.59-meter shot, and Matthew O’Hara ’16 finished first in the weight throw at 17.17 meters.
Bruno gymnasts faced a tall task Friday, traveling to No. 18 Rutgers University for a duel with the Scarlet Knights. A valiant effort from the Bears fell short as they lost 193.025-190.625.
The balance beam proved the most successful event for Bruno, with Corey Holman ’16 and Allison Rubenstein ’15 tying for second place and Diana Walters ’16 finishing fourth. Rutgers gymnasts took the top three spots in floor, uneven parallel bars and vault. The all-around crown went to Rutgers’ Alexis Gunzelman, while Michelle Shnayder ’14 led the Bears with an all-around score of 37.925, taking third place overall.
Sunday saw the Bears score a higher total — 191.950 — and notch victories over two opponents, Brockport State and Rhode Island College. But the Bruno gymnasts were edged out once again, this time by Bridgeport University. Alexandra Chretien ’16 and Rubenstein took home first place in the uneven parallel bars and balance beam, respectively. Walters posted an impressive 38.400 in the all-around, leading the Bears with a second-place finish.
No. 6 Cornell
Cornell has dominated Ivy League wrestling in recent years, and the Big Red continued its command Saturday with a clean sweep of Bruno, 38-0. All 10 weight classes went to Cornell, including one pin and two major decisions. The 184-pound weight class produced a marquee matchup between No. 3 Gabe Dean of Cornell and No. 10 Ophir Bernstein ’15. The match went down to the wire, but a reversal from Dean in the third period was enough to vault him ahead for the 3-2 victory.
Bruno bounced back Sunday with a commanding 34-3 drumming of Sacred Heart University. Bernstein stuck his opponent for his 10th pin of the season, and Steven Galiardo ’17 manhandled his competitor at the 149-pound class on his way to a 12-0 major decision.
Men’s and women’s track and field