RALEIGH, N.C. – The Brown University men's and women's track & field teams combined for 13 top-eight finishes and nine all-time top-10 program performances as the Bears wrapped up competition on the second and final day of the Raleigh Relays Saturday on the campus of NC State.
"It was extremely beneficial to have a week together in warmer weather to train and prepare for a major early season meet," said Tim Springfield, Director of Track & Field. "I'm confident that getting this opportunity so early in the year will help us build towards the championship season. It was a great week."
"The throwers led us this weekend," added Springfield. "Ellie Gravitte was outstanding in her first collegiate meet, winning the event on her last attempt. Tori Buhr, Courtland Clavette, Mark Buda all had very strong performances."
For the women, senior Heidi Caldwell (Hanover, N.H.) dropped down from her usual long distance events and placed eighth in the finals of the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:26.51, ranking fifth all-time in program history.
Junior Leah Eickhoff (Hanover, N.H.) was the top finisher for Brown in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:47.04, clocking in for the third-fastest time in program history.
Sophomore Lily Harrington (West Hartford, Conn.) put together a solid performance in the second section of the 5,000 meters as she crossed the finish line at 16:47.65, recording the eighth-best mark in Brown history in her first time running the event.
Junior Alex Stanton (Medfield, Mass.) took third in the 400-meter hurdles, posting the second-best time in the Brown record book at 59.43.
In the field, freshman Ellie Gravitte (Ridgefield, Conn.) won the javelin as she bested a field of 42 throwers with a toss of 45.19 meters, the second-best mark ever at Brown.
Senior Victoria Buhr (Cheboygan, Mich.) was runner-up in the discus at 51.94 meters and fifth in the shot put with a toss of 14.37 meters. Her discus throw was the second-best mark in program history. Junior Heather Vermillion (Visalia, Calif.) was fourth in the hammer throw with a fifth all-time best toss of 53.38 meters.
Also in the field, senior Brienna Crimmins (Sacramento, Calif.) placed eighth overall in the long jump with a leap of 5.88 meters.
On the men's side, junior Courtland Clavette (Asheville, N.C.) broke his own school record with a third-place finish in the discus with a toss of 57.38 meters. Freshman Mark Buda (Pittsburgh, Pa.) placed sixth in the javelin at 59.55 meters.
On the track, sophomore Ned Willig (Phoenixville, Pa.) opened his outdoor season with a fifth-place finish in the 1,500 meters, crossing the finish line against a field of 64 runners with a time of 3:46.34.
The Bears return to action on April 4-5 when the Bears compete at the Sam Howell Invitational.