May 4, 2003
New Haven, CT - The Brown men's track and field team came away with a fourth place finish at the 2003 Outdoor Heptagonal Championship hosted by Yale on Sat.-Sun. May 3-4. The Bears finished with 81 points as they had five individual winners. Cornell took first place with 130.2 points while Princeton took second with 127 points. Penn pulled ahead of Brown to take the third place spot with 92 points. In just one year, the Bears jumped from a seventh place finish in 2002 to a fourth place finish this year.
Brown had three individuals win titles in the field events, starting with senior Brad Bowery (Hamden, CT), who took the title in the pole vault for the second time of his career at Brown with a height of 16'00.75". Bowery's height was nearly a foot higher then the second place finisher. He was the 2001 Outdoor Heps winner in the pole vault as well.
Freshman Ray Bobrownicki (Avondale, PA) took first place in the high jump with a 6'10.75" clearance. Bobrownicki beat out Cornell's Ryan Schmidt, who was this year's winner at the indoor Heps, for the outdoor title.
Capping off the Bears success in the field events was senior Sean Thomas (Wallkill, NY), winning the triple jump with a leap of 49'05.75", the third (tied) best jump in Brown history. Thomas was also this year's indoor Heps winner in the triple jump.
On the track, senior Chad Buechel (Upper St. Clair, PA) won the 3,000 meter steeplechase title with a dominating performance. He timed in at 8:53.47, smashing his own school record which he set on Apr. 12, by over four seconds.
Rounding out Brown's winners was sophomore Jeff Gaudette (Biddeford, ME), who captured the 10,000 meters crown with a time of 30:04.59.