May 11, 2014

Buhr Paces Women’s Track & Field at Ivy Championship

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Senior Victoria Buhr (Cheboygan, Mich.) captured an individual title in the discus as the Brown University women's track & field team finished sixth overall at the 2014 Ivy League Outdoor Heptagonal Championship over the weekend hosted at Yale University.

Harvard won with 162 total points, followed by Dartmouth in second (149), Cornell in third (94), Columbia in fourth (88), Princeton in fifth (86), Brown in sixth (61.50), Penn in seventh (46.50) and Yale in eighth (26).

"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."

Buhr came into the weekend as the favorite in the discus and put together a dominating performance, winning at 166-07, more than three meters over the runner-up thrower. Buhr led the event after the first round and any one of her three best throws would have won the title. She also took third in the shot put with a toss of 48-10.75.

"Tori Buhr was tremendous," said Springfield. "She dominated the discus, and then came up with a PR in the shot put."

Brown placed three in the javelin, led by senior Holleigh Bergstrom (Eugene, Ore.) in second at 150-03, who came into the event seeded 11th and set three personal records to claim runner-up. Rookie Ellie Gravitte (Ridgefield, Conn.) took fourth at 148-00 and senior Niina Al-Hassan (Secaucus, N.J.) was sixth at 144-01.

"The women's javelin really set a tone for us on the first day," said Springfield. "The javelin is very hard on the arm, and Niina and Holleigh have struggled with injuries throughout their careers. It was tremendous to see them perform so well in their final Heps."

Junior Heather Vermillion (Visalia, Calif.) earned a third-place finish in the hammer throw with a toss of 187-09.

Sophomore Kebbeh Darpolor (Pecos, Texas) placed third overall in the discus with a throw of 156-06, while junior Alex Stanton (Medfield, Mass.) was third in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 1:00.66.

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