April 27, 2014

Track & Field Wraps Up Final Day at Penn Relays

PHILADELPHIA – The men's 4x800 meter relay team placed 10th overall as the Brown track & field teams wrapped up the third and final day of competition at the prestigious Penn Relays Saturday at Franklin Field.

"It's always a great experience to compete at the Penn Relays," said Tim Springfield, Director of Track & Field. "Track races are usually individual efforts, so athletes relish the opportunity to compete as part of a relay team in front of a large and appreciative crowd."

"We were led by our seniors this weekend," added Springfield. "Heidi Caldwell really set a great tone on Thursday night with her school record performance. Ajani Brown had a great day on Friday, running two outstanding 400 carries."

In the program's only entry on Saturday, the men's 4x800 relay team of Tyler Benster, Matt Bevil (Mary Esther, Fla.), Colin Savage (Liverpool, N.Y.) and Henry Tufnell (Cirencester, England) finished 10th in the Championship of America section at 7:27.90.

On Friday, the distance medley squad made up of Will Sheeran (Seattle, Wash.), Ajani Brown (Frisco, Texas), Tufnell and Jordan Mann (St. Louis, Mo.) finished fourth in the college division with a time of 9:52.13, marking the ninth-best time in program history.

The Bears took sixth overall in the men's shuttle hurdles championship, while the 4x400 meter Heptagonal relay team of Ryan Kelly (Greenwich, Conn.), Raul Green (Hopatcong, N.J.), Ben Ostrowski (Niantic, Conn.) and Brown finished second overall at 3:14.36.

On the first day, senior Heidi Caldwell (Hanover, N.H.) finished seventh overall in the women's 3,000 meters championship, crossing the finish line in a school record-breaking time of 9:23.31.

Sophomore Lily Harrington (West Hartford, Conn.) also competed in the 3,000 meters, placing 20th in a time of 9:46.54. Junior Leah Eickhoff (Hanover, N.H.) took 14th in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase championships, crossing in a time of 10:47.79. Senior Katharine Grimes (Chatham, N.J.) was third in the College Division of the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing at 10:51.67.

"The 4x400 performed very well," said Springfield. "It was promising to do so well with two freshmen and a sophomore carrying the baton. The 4x800 competed well but frankly we were looking for a better outcome. We made some small tactical mistakes that cost us. I expect we'll be better in two weeks."

The Bears return to action for the Ivy League Championships May 10-11 at Yale University.