January 25, 2014

Men’s Track & Field has Strong Showing this Weekend

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sophomore Ned Willig (Phoenixville, Pa.) set a school record in the 1,000 meters as the Brown men's track & field team competed at the Northeastern Joe Donahue Games, BU Terrier Invitational and the Harvard Multi-Events Challenge over the weekend.

At the Boston University Terrier Invite, Willig led wire-to-wire in the 1,000 meters, crossing the finish line in a record time of 2:22.35 for fifth-best all-time in the Ivy League.

Senior Matthew Bevil (Mary Esther, Fla.) placed sixth overall in the 800 meters at the Terrier Invite with a time of 1:52.04, breaking into the top-10 in program history and second in the Ivy League only to Willig this season.

"Willig's race was really impressive, he's right where he should be for this time of year," said Tim Springfield, Director of Track & Field. "It was great to see Bevil competing well also.  I'm excited to see where they both can go from here.  All in all, we had 28 all-time PRs this weekend among the three venues.  We've got some work to do as a team, but overall I'm pleased with where we are in late January."

The Bears' 4x400 meter relay team of Ryan Kelly, Julian Jiggetts (Robbinsville, N.J.), Ben Ostrowski (Niantic, Conn.) and Ajani Brown (Frisco, Texas) placed eighth in at time of 3:16.51, marking a top-10 finish in program history.

Brown and Kelly also set personal records in the 400 meters with times of 48.95 and 49.66, respectively.

At the Harvard Multi-Events Challenge, senior Evan Weinstock (Las Vegas, Nev.) captured first place in the heptathlon with a 5,214 points, good enough for the top mark in the Ivy League this season. Junior Peter Rhodes (Atlanta, Ga.) was right behind, placing second overall with 5,132 total points.

At the Northeastern Joe Donahue Games on Friday, freshman Raul Green (Hopatcong, N.J.) claimed first place in the 200 meters as he crossed the finish line in a time of 22.48. Kelly and Brown placed first and second, respectively, in the 400 meters in times of 49.43 and 49.42.

Junior Jordan Mann (St. Louis, Mo.) turned in a runner-up finish in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:16.67.

In the field, junior Courtland Clavette (Asheville, N.C.) claimed first place in the shot put with a winning toss of 16.59 meters.

In the weight throw, sophomore Matthew O'Hara (Riverside, Calif.) also posted a top-10 program finish as he won the event with a toss of 17.17 meters.

Senior Sean Igelman (Medford, Ore.) placed second overall in the pole vault with a cleared height of 4.70 meters, marking the fifth-best attempt in program history.

Also at the Terrier Invite, two Brown alumni were in action and put together some impressive performances. Erik Berg '13 ran the mile in 4:01.09 for fifth place and Dan Lowry '12 ran the 3000 meters in 8:00.69 for a fifth-place finish. Both athletes qualified for the USATF Indoor Championships.

The Bears return to action on Saturday, Feb. 1 when they compete at the URI Invitational at 11 a.m.