Boston, MA- Sophomore John Spooney led the Brown men's track & field team at Boston University's Valentine Invitational this weekend by having an outstanding day on the track. Spooney's 60m dash time moved him up to fifth on Brown's Top 10 list, and his 200m dash time set a new Brown school record, and is also the second fastest time in Ivy League history and currently ranks his first in the league and seventh in the IC4A.
"It was a good day for the middle and long-distance runners," said men's distance coach Tim Springfield. "Altogether, we had 16 athletes compete, and came away with 11 lifetime PRs and two additional season PRs. I was especially happy for Jeff Bush, who had a 20 second PR in the 3000m."
In the 60m dash, Spooney's time of 6.85 seconds came in just behind the first place finisher's time of 6.82 seconds. Then, he ran the 200m dash in 21.35 seconds to place third. Ajani Brown led Brown in the 400m dash with a 56th place finish and Insoo Hwang followed in 76th.
Nathan Elder captured third place in the 500m dash with a 1:04.68, and teammate Zach Keefer was Brown's next finisher in 18th place. Erik Berg had a solid race in the 1,000m run earning second place with a 2:23.39, which is the second fastest time in Brown History, just narrowly missing the school record, and ranks second in the Ivy League. Also competing was Michael Elnick who earned 20th place with a 2:29.89.
In the one mile, Dan Lowry finished in ninth with a 4:03.72, which is third best on Brown's Top 10 list, and Kevin Cooper ran a 4:04.43 to finish in 15th place which ranks fourth best on the Bears Top 10 list. In the 3,000m run, Conor Grogan and Matt Duffy finished in 14th and 15th place, respectively, as Grogan crossed the line in 8:17.28 and Duffy in 8:17.59. And in the 5,000m run, Austin Snyder led the Bears with a 14:30.85 for ninth place.
In the field events, Evan Weinstock led the Bears in the long jump with a seventh place finish (6.85m), followed by and 11th place finish by Peter Rhodes (6.67m) and Jonathan Padmore came in 14th earning a 6.53m distance. In the triple jump, Kenneth Thompson finished in second with a leap of 14.58m and Matthew Miller placed fifth in the shot put with a 14.88m toss.