Providence, RI- The Brown University men's track & field team hosted its first of two home meets of this outdoor season and defeated five teams to win the Brown Invitational title with 165 points. Also, five Bears earned titles this afternoon while many set personal records in their events.
"The family and alumni presence was a great addition to the day," said Director of Track & Field Michelle Eisenreich. "Being able to share the afternoon with them was a highlight for the students and staff. The field sizes and quality in each event provided for strong competition but a succinct meet. The officials and volunteers kept everything running smoothly. It was a great day."
Capturing one of the titles for the Bears on Saturday afternoon was sophomore John Spooney in the 400m dash. Spooney ran the race in 47.71 seconds, a two-second PR. Peter Rhodes won the long jump with a 6.78m distance, Kenneth Thompson garnered the triple jump title with a 14.36m leap and Daniel Smith won the shot put with a 15.55m toss. Last, but certainly not least, Nick Keeling finished first in the javelin with a 60.07m distance.
"John Spooney setting a two-second PR in the 400, the women's 4x100 dropping a second from their season's best, Lauren Waterbury running an outdoor PR in the 400, and then Colby Lubman to drop down to the 100 and 200 and set PRs in both when her primary event is the 400, were all highlights for sure," said sprints/hurdles coach Marc Mangiacotti. "I think the whole group did a nice job of competing and can take some things into the coming weekends to keep improving."
The Bears had many other solid performances, which included a second place finish in the 400m dash by Samuel Howard (49.15), a second place in the 800m run by freshman Henry Tufnell (1:52.23), as well as a fifth place finish in the race by Nathan Elder (1:53.10).
"I was pleased with Henry (Tufnell) and Nate (Elder)," said men's distance coach Tim Springfield. "They ran pretty well tactically in the 800 and both ran PR's. Mark ran a solid race for 3k PR even though he got stuck in a bit of a tough place after the halfway point and had to run alone. He closed well."
Rhodes came in second (14.99) in the 110m hurdles, and earning fourth was Evan Weinstock with a 15.32. Arjun Pande also ran the 110m hurdles and finished fifth with a 15.55. In the 400m hurdles, InSoo Hwang captured second place with a 54.52 second time, and Zach Keefer came in right behind in third with a 56.94 second finish.
"First-year multi-eventer Peter (Rhodes) dipped under 15-seconds in the hurdles which is over a second faster than he ran over the high-school height hurdles," said jumps and multis coach Reuben Jones.
In the one-mile run, Eric Berg led the Bears with a fourth place finish with a 4:09.74, and Kevin Cooper followed in seventh with a 4:14.48. Also, Fredrick Rhine ran the 100m dash in 11.29 seconds, and in the 200m dash, Samuel Howard earned fifth (22.60) and Ajani Brown placed seventh (22.71).
Freshman Mark McGurrin led Brown in the 3,000m run with a third place finish (8:35.50), and was followed by Ben Stephenson's fifth place time of 8:46.59 and sophomore Kyler Evitt earned sixth with an 8:47.48.
The Bears were once again solid in the field, as Albert Anderson placed second behind Rhodes in the long jump with a 6.47m leap.
Matthew Miller tossed a 14.10m distance to come in second in the shot put, and Weinstock placed fifth with a 12.52m distance. In the discus, former Brown thrower Bryan Powlen won the title with a 57.40m toss, and the Bears locked up second through fourth place finishes. Daniel Smith came in second (46.27m), Courtland Clavette in third (44.56m) and Miller in fourth (43.01m).
"Evan setting a PR in the javelin and the hurdles shows good progression since his season debut in the decathlon at the Texas Relays," said jumps/multis coach Reuben Jones.
The Bears will be back in action on April 20-21 at the Larry Ellis Invitational hosted at Princeton University, followed by the Penn Relays April 26-28.