Brown’s 4x400 Wins Title at Husky Invitational

Storrs, CT- The Brown University men's track & field team had many strong performances on Saturday during the Husky Invitational hosted at the University of Connecticut. While the 4x400m relay squad earned Brown's only title, the Bears had a multitude of strong performances, which include rookie John Spooney's two great races in both the 100 and 200 for the Bears.

Spooney finished the 100m dash in 10.82 seconds for third place, and then earned second in the 200 crossing the finish line in 21.42 seconds, which is the second fastest wind-legal time in the Ivy League this year.

Brown's 4x400m relay squad ran a 3:17.94 to earn the title on Saturday. The squad comprised of Spooney, freshman Matt Bevil, sophomore Nathan Elder, and freshman Ajani Brown.

Marc Howland ran the 100m dash and finished in 11th in 11.15 seconds, and Mike Mazerik finished 20th in 11.38 seconds. In the 800m run, Erik Berg ran a 1:52.90 for third place, as the Bears followed with fifth through seventh place finishes. Anthony Schurz earned fifth (1:53.94) for the Bears, while Elder followed behind in sixth (1:54.05) and Bevil (1:54.74) earned seventh. Kevin Cooper posted a 1:56.72 for 11th place.

In the 400m hurdles, Zach Keefer finished fifth overall with a 55.43, and Nathan Chellman led Bruno in the 5,000m run with a 15:13.95 good for fifth place. Junior Ethan Hickey followed close behind Chellman with a 15:34.68 for seventh place.

In the 1,500m run, Brian Schilder led the Bears with a sixth place time of 3:53.56, ad freshman Kyler Evitt followed in 21st with a 4:07.54.

In the field events, sophomore Daniel Smith led Bruno in the shot put with a third place toss of 52-04.00 (15.95m), as freshman teammate Joe Daou followed in 14th with a 44-00.00 (13.41m). Smith also earned sixth place in the discus with a throw of 153-01 (46.65m). Alexander Lipinksky finished eighth in the hammer throw with a 174-01 (53.07m), and was followed by Daou's 14th place toss of 153-05 (46.77m).

In the javelin throw, senior Paul Grandstrand finished in sixth place throwing a 190-02 (57.97) , and Jonathan Diejuste led the Bears in the triple jump with a second place mark of 45-02.50 (13.78m). Rounding out the field events was AJ Fitzgerald earned fifth in the high jump with a height of 5-10.50 (1.79m).