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Brown Invitational

On Saturday February 22nd, the Mammoths travelled to Brown University to compete at the Brown Invitational. With the D3 New England Championships next weekend, the meet served as the last qualifying opportunity for the championship meet, and the last meet of the indoor season for several members of the team.

Men

Greg Franklin throwing the shot put

The day got started with the field events, where Jack Renda competed in the weight throw. Jack's fourth place finish and throw of 9.91 meters (32' 6.25") demonstrated his consistency in the event, as he consistently threw in the 9 and 10 meter range this season. Making his debut for the track and field team, Greg Franklin placed sixth in the shot put with a throw of 12.49 meters (40' 11.75"). Multi eventer Max Spelke also competed in the shot put, and was not far from his personal best with a throw of 9.60 meters (31'6").

Yonas Shiferaw starred in the triple jump, setting a personal best with a jump of 13.24 meters (43' 5.25"), which earned him second place. Max Spelke wasn't far from his personal best in the long jump, with his jump of 5.39 meters (17' 8.25"). Multi eventer Jack Dufton had a busy day at the meet, and jumped well in the high jump where he equaled his season best with a jump of 1.78 meters (5' 10").

Jack Trent getting ready to pole vault

Though the results do not show the pole vault, multi eventers Jack Trent and Troy Colleran contested the pole vault. Both valiantly attempted heights far higher than their personal bests in the event and though they were unable to clear a bar in official competition, their resilience and positivity bode well for their heptathlon next weekend at the D3 New England Championships.

(L-R Arinze Uddoh, Chris Chukwura, Biafra Okoronkwo and Chris Gong getting out of the blocks in the 60)

The 60 meter dash was as always, an exciting event for the Mammoths. In the preliminary round, Chris Gong set a monster personal best, running a stellar time of 7.11 seconds! Biafra Okoronkwo ran a season best time in the preliminary round, as did Arinze Uddoh and Trevor Hall. Yeob Kim competed well in only his second race back from injury, and Chris Chukwura ran well in his first 60 ever. Marshall Richardson ran not far off his personal best in the event with his time of 7.65 seconds.

Getting Ready for the 60 Final

Biafra Okoronkwo
Arinze Uddoh in the blocks

Chris, Biafra and Arinze all qualified for the final, and Chris ended his great day with a second place finish. Biafra placed sixth in a time of 7.30 seconds, equalling his personal best! Arinze placed seventh right behind Biafra with another strong run.

Matt Bradley (far left) and Jamie Mazzola (purple socks on the far right) on the starting line

Next on the track was the mile, where Jamie Mazzola and Matt Bradley ran well in their second race of the season. Jamie competed well to place fourth in a time of 4:33, and Matt placed fifth with a time of 4:37.

Mayowa Tinubu running the 400

Next on the track was the 60 meter hurdle finals, where Yonas Shiferaw started his huge day with a personal best! His time of 8.66 seconds placed him second, and teammate Jack Dufton continued his busy day to place fifth with a time of 9.28 seconds.

In the 400, Mayowa Tinubu dominated his heat to run a time of 52.19 seconds, a significant personal best and shows great growth for the senior in his first year running the event. In the same heat, Matt Gelin competed well to run a time of 53.65 seconds.

In the 200, the short sprinters continued their day of competition, as Arinze ran a season best with a time of 23.87 seconds, Chris Chukwura ran a personal best with his time of 24.97 seconds, and Trevor competed well.

In the 500, Max Spelke and Teddy Lane both competed well.

The team cheering on Jack Dufton during the distance medley relay

The meet concluded with the distance medley relay, which the Mammoths competed in in an effort to run a time that would put the Mammoths in the faster heat of the event at the Division 3 New England Championships. Aydin Williams ran the first leg, which is 1200 meters. He handed off to Ben Wadsworth, who ran the 400 meter leg. Jack Dufton, in his third event of the day, ran the 800 meter leg in a great display of his strength. Owen Daily anchored the team with the 1600 meter leg, to help the Mammoths finish with a time of 10:40.

Women

Nolani Kennedy-White competing in the weight throw

In the throws, Nolani Kennedy-White set a personal best in the weight throw with her personal best throw of 9.61 meters (31' 6.5")! In the shot put, Nolani threw not far off her personal best in the event with her throw of 8.27 meters (27' 1.75").

Caroline Ferguson-Dryden preparing to throw the shot put

In the shot put, Caroline Ferguson-Dryden set a personal best with her throw of 10.45 meters (34' 3.5") to place fourth, and she competed well in the weight throw, placing sixth.

In the jumps, Lauren Lamb jumped a season best in the triple jump with a jump of 10.81 meters (35' 5.75")! Katie Siegel had a great day in the high jump, as she enjoyed a big season best with her jump of 1.53 meters (5' 0.25")! In the long jump, Kasia Krosniak jumped a season best with a leap of 4.73 meters (15' 6.25") and made several good attempts in the high jump.

Karis Lee in the blocks

In the 60, Karis Lee set a personal best in the preliminary round with her time of 8.18 seconds, and Isabel Park ran a time of 8.35 seconds to qualify for the final along with Karis. In the final, Karis brought her personal best time down more, placing fourth with a time of 8.11 seconds, and Isabel placed seventh in a time of 8.36 seconds.

Later in the day, Isabel Park won the 200 in a time of 27.42 seconds!

Isabella Landry running the mile

The next event on the track was the mile, where Isabella Landry and Mary Kate McGranahan both ran great races! Isabella ran 5:22 in her first mile of the season, and Mary Kate ran a season best with her time of 5:26.

Lauren Lamb over the second hurdle of the 60 hurdles

In the 60 meter hurdle final, Lauren Lamb enjoyed an awesome race, as she broke 10 seconds for the first time this season with a great time of 9.83 seconds!

Isabelle Lobo running the 400

In the 400, Isabelle Lobo ran a great race, setting an indoor personal best with her time of 1:01.74! Grace LeCates competed well in the 500 in a great display of strength coming back from injury.

In the 800, Sylvia Frank continued her great season with her sixth place finish and time of 2:33. In her Mammoth debut, Sierra competed hard and place seventh in a time of 2:33 as well.

We added our final qualifiers for the Division 3 New England Championships next weekend!

We had a great time at Brown, and are so appreciative of the family and friends who came to cheer us on. Many thanks to Sabrina Pray for taking the pictures used for this presentation!

NEXT UP for the Mammoths is the Division 3 New England Championships, with competition beginning on Friday February 28th and continuing on Saturday February 29th. The meet is separated by gender, as the women will compete at Middlebury College, and the men will compete at Springfield College.