BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS – The Brown University track and field program traveled with a partial squad to a make-up meet at Boston University on Thursday, February 14. The abbreviated competition replaced the St. Valentine Invitational that was cancelled this past weekend due to Winter Storm Nemo. In addition to BU, Boston College, Harvard, Dartmouth, Providence College and Northeastern were in attendance.
"We built some momentum tonight as we prepare for Heps next weekend," said interim director of track & field Tim Springfield. "We had multiple athletes make solid improvements that will put them in a strong position to contend at Heps. Ryan Kelly and Ajani Brown both had personal records in the men's 400m and Alex Stanton closed very well to win the women's 400m in a solid time. All together we had eight lifetime best performances. I'm really looking forward to seeing our team compete next weekend."
Several Brown all-time top 10 performances and personal records highlighted competition on the men's side. Henry Tufnell (Cirencester, England) and Colin Savage (Liverpool, NY) went one-two in the 800m run, and both ran lifetime bests. Tufnell won the race in 1:51.42, the fifth best time in Brown history, and Savage finished in 1:51.95, the ninth fastest time to be run by a Bear.
Kevin Cooper (Waterford IRL) turned in another stellar performance for the squad, running a personal best of 4:02.9 in the mile to earn fourth in the competition and earn himself the third spot on Brown's all-time list. Erik Berg (Seattle, WA) followed in fifth place, crossing in 4:06. Rounding out the distance events were Jeff Bush (Westborough, MA) and Mark McGurrin (Manlius, NY), both of whom competed in the 3000m run. Bush led the way in fourth place with a strong time of 8:16, and McGurrin took ninth, clocking a time of 8:27.
The sprint squad also had a fast showing at the meet for the men. John Spooney (Northfield, OH) claimed an individual win in the 200m dash with a time of 21.67, while in the 400m dash, the Bears placed two in the top three. Ryan Kelly (Greenwich, CT) raced to second place in 49.18s, and Ajani Brown (Frisco, TX) took third with a time of 49.14s.
The rest of the program will compete in the USATF New England Meet, the final competition before the Indoor Heptagonal Championships, this coming Sunday, February 17 at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.