CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Brown men's track & field team finished in third place, the program's highest finish since 2001, on the second and final day of the Ivy League Indoor Track & Field Championship Sunday on the campus of Harvard.
Brown finished third with 78 points to place behind only Princeton (161) and Cornell (98), and ahead of Penn (75), Harvard (64.50), Dartmouth (59), Columbia (56) and Yale (21.50).
"It was a good meet for us and I'm proud of how well we competed this weekend," said Tim Springfield, Director of Cross Country/Track & Field. "It was not a meet where things came easy--we had several near misses, a costly DQ, an injury in the prelims, a couple of key athletes at less than 100%, but we really competed hard. We ended up with quite a few seconds and thirds, but all of those athletes were competing to win."
Brown was in fourth place heading into the final event, but the 4x440 yard relay team of rookie Zack Emrich (North Kingstown, R.I.), junior Christian Bermel (Windsor, Conn.), freshman Tosin Oyewole (Elkridge, Md.) and junior Ryan Kelly (Greenwich, Conn.) captured first place with a winning time of 3:15.85 to vault the Bears past Penn and into third place as a team.
Additionally, the 4x880 yard relay team of Martin Martinez (Waukegan, Ill.), junior Ned Willig (Phoenixville, Pa.), sophomore Ben Ostrowski (Niantic, Conn.) and senior Henry Tufnell (Cirencester, England) ran to a second-place finish with a time of 7:36.19.
"Getting 18 points in the final two relays was huge for us," added Springfield. "Both those relays ran great."
Emrich was also runner-up in the 500 meters with a time of 1:03.04, while Ostrowski took fifth in the event at 1:03.94.
Senior Peter Rhodes (Atlanta, Ga.), the reigning Ivy League champion in the heptathlon, was runner-up with 5,337 points, just five points shy of Dartmouth's Nico Robinson.
"Peter Rhodes led the team with his competitive drive--just like he has done throughout his career at Brown," said Springfield. "It was tough to finish second by just 5 points, but I'm very proud of how he competed."
Kelly placed third in the finals of the 400 meters as he crossed the finish line in a time of 48.38, while Tufnell and Willig also placed third in the 800 meters and 1,000 meters, respectively, in times of 1:51.68 and 2:26.12. Senior Jordan Mann (St. Louis, Mo.) added another third place finish in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:18.24.
After a seventh-place finish in the long jump, sophomore Taylor Alarcon (Wilmette, Ill.) took third overall in the triple jump on Sunday with a leap of 49-08.25.
"Matt O'Hara's shot put PR was unbelievable," said Springfield. "You're not supposed to PR by a meter in the shot put."
On Saturday, O'Hara used his last throw to take third in the weight throw with a toss of 59-08.25. Phuong Truong (Tacoma, Wash.) and Meena Farid (Staten Island, N.Y.) placed seventh and eighth in the event, respectively, at 58-01.25 and 56-06.50.
Brown returns to action on March 7-8 for the IC4A Championships in Boston, Mass.