Weinstock Leads Men’s Track & Field at Ivy Championship

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Senior Evan Weinstock (Las Vegas, Nev.) captured his third career decathlon title as the Brown University men's track & field team finished seventh overall at the 2014 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championship over the weekend hosted at Yale University.

Cornell won with 149 total points, followed by Princeton in second (142.33), Harvard in third (109), Penn in fourth (82), Dartmouth in fifth (66.66), Columbia in sixth (61), Brown in seventh (52) and Yale in eighth (20).

"While l'm not satisfied with our team positions, I am more than satisfied with our level of performance this weekend," said Tim Springfield, Director of Track & Field. "We had athletes performing at a very high level--just not enough of them."

Weinstock was in third place after the first day of competition, but took the lead in the seventh event and held on the rest of the way, claiming his third decathlon title with 7,381 points and just miss his personal record. Weinstock also claimed titles in 2011 and last year in 2013. Junior Peter Rhodes (Atlanta, Ga.) was fifth in the decathlon with 6,644 points.

"Evan Weinstock really rose to the occasion," said Springfield. "I know he put a big burden on his back, wanting so badly to defend his title and lead our team, and that can be a tough role. He really came through on the second day."

Junior Courtland Clavette (Asheville, N.C.) was runner-up in the discus and broke a Heptagonal Championship record with a toss of 192-06. In a tight finish, Clavette briefly held the meet record before Penn's Sam Mattis re-broke the record on his final attempt with a winning toss of 192-08.

"Courtland Clavette had a great meet," added Spingfield. "It's a shame to break the meet record and not win, but I couldn't ask for more from him. He keeps getting better."

The 4x800 meter relay team of Matthew Bevil (Mary Esther, Fla.), Tyler Benster, Colin Savage (Liverpool, N.Y.) and Henry Tufnell (Cirencester, England) posted a second-place finish with a time of 7:24.42, falling just short of Columbia at 7:24.11. Tufnell, in the anchor spot, made up ground on the 800-meter champion in Harry McFann, but the Lions held on for the win. Brown's time was the second fastest mark in program history.

Senior Ajani Brown (Frisco, Texas) was third in the 400 meters, clocking in at 48.09 for the fifth-best time in program history. He also helped the 4x400-meter relay team finish third overall, running his split in a time of 46.5 to help the Bears finish at 3:12.02 for the seventh all-time best mark.

"I was very proud of our 4x800. They all ran well, but Henry Tufnell shrugged off his disappointment from the open 800 and ran a great anchor leg. We wanted to win that one, but I couldn't ask for more from those guys," said Springfield. "Ajani had the breakthrough this weekend that we knew was coming. He really led the sprints squad."

Benster also earned a third-place finish in the 800 meters, crossing the finish line in a time of 1:49.72 for the third all-time best mark in school history.  

The Bears return to action on May 16-17 for the IC4A Championships at Princeton.