May 4, 2013

Brown Men in Seventh After Day One of the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships

PRINCETON, N.J. – The Brown University men's track & field team is currently in seventh place with six points after the first day of the Ivy League Outdoor Track & Field Championships hosted at Princeton University. 

Princeton is currently in first place (44), followed by Cornell (41) in second, Dartmouth (20) in third, Columbia (17) in fourth, Harvard (15) in fifth, Yale (8) in sixth and Penn (4) in eighth.

John Spooney (Northfield, Ohio) finished second overall in the preliminaries of the 100 and 200 meters in times of 10.54 and 21.09, respectively, to move on to the finals in both events, including a school-record breaking performance in the 100 meters. Anthony Mazola (Hernando, Miss.) also qualified for the finals in both events, taking sixth in the 100 at 10.73 and third in the 200 meters at 21.02.

"The first day went very well today. John Spooney showed he is peaking at the right time with his performances in the 100 and 200," said Tim Springfield, Interim Director of Track and Field. "He'll be ready to go tomorrow. Anthony Mazola took a big step forward today, setting big PRs in both the 100 and 200."

Ajani Brown (Frisco, Texas) took fifth in the preliminaries of the 400 meters and qualified for the finals in a time of 48.73, while Erik Berg (Seattle, Wash.) also qualified for the finals of the 1,500 meters with a fifth-place finish at 3:48.61. Also on the track, Henry Tufnell (Cirencester, England) placed fifth in the preliminaries of the 800 meters in a time of 1:50.57 to qualify for the finals.

After the first five events of the decathlon, Evan Weinstock (Las Vegas, Nev.) leads the field with 3,910 points, while Peter Rhodes (Atlanta, Ga.) sits in fourth place with 3,758 points.

Also in the field, Sean Igelman (Medford, Ore.) placed third overall in the pole vault with a cleared height of 16-00.75.

"The decathletes were tremendous. Rhodes had PRs in four of the five events, and Weinstock had PRs in three. They are both set up for big days tomorrow," said Springfield. "Sean Igelman had a great competition, improving by half a foot to place third."

The Bears wrap up the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships on Sunday, May 5 at 10 a.m.