EUGENE, Ore. – Junior Henry Tufnell (Cirencester, England) of the Brown men's track & field team participated in the 800 meters on Wednesday in the first day of competition at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Tufnell finished seventh in the third heat and 19th overall in the semifinals of the 800 meters with a time of 1:50.33. The national semifinal appearance capped an impressive junior campaign for Tufnell, who set a pair of personal records at the NCAA East Regional in Jacksonville to earn one of the region's 12 spots to Eugene, despite seeded last at 48th entering the preliminary round. After a standout run in the preliminary round, Tufnell finished 10th overall in the quarterfinals with a personal-best time of 1:47.99, marking the second-best time in program history.
"Henry ran very hard and tactically smart--he was right where we planned to be with 200m to go," said Tim Springfield, Director of Track & Field. "But he was a bit flat and couldn't finish like he has been. It's disappointing, but it was great experience for him. Three weeks ago, he wasn't ranked in the top 100, and now we are disappointed to be 19th."
Also on Wednesday, senior Evan Weinstock (Las Vegas, Nev.) competed in the first five events of the decathlon and enters Thursday ranked 19th with 3,763 points.
"Evan had a solid day," said Springfield. "As always with the decathlon, there are ups and downs, but he did some nice things today and competed well. We're looking forward to tomorrow."
Weinstock will wrap up the second and final day of the decathlon on Thursday, starting with the 110-meter hurdles at 2 p.m. EST.