May 18, 2014

Track & Field Wraps Up ECAC/IC4A Championships, Twilight Meet

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown University men's and women's track & field teams put together some impressive results over the weekend as the Bears competed at the IC4A/ECAC Championships at Princeton and the New Balance Boston Twilight meet at UMass-Lowell.

Senior Victoria Buhr (Cheboygan, Mich.), fresh off an Ivy League title in the discus last weekend, won the event for the second straight week at ECACs on Saturday as she topped a field of 31 throwers with a toss of 169-06.00. Buhr also added a ninth-place finish in the shot put on Sunday with a throw of 46-05.50.

"It was a successful weekend," said Tim Springfield, Director of Track & Field. "It was great to see Tori win a major competition heading into NCAAs. She's been so consistent all year, it set her up very well for the first round of the NCAAs."

Also on Saturday, freshman Ellie Gravitte (Ridgefield, Conn.) enjoyed a standout performance in the javelin as she broke the school record and placed third overall with a toss of 155-03.

"To have a freshman break a school record is tremendous," said Springfield. "That mark will get her into the NCAAs, and I'm glad she'll get that experience her first year."

Junior Heather Vermillion (Visalia, Calif.) was tenth overall in the hammer with a throw of 173-11.00.

At the IC4As, junior Jordan Mann (St. Louis, Mo.) paced the men's team with a seventh-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase as he crossed the finish line in a time of 8:59.31, which marks the second-best time in program history.

"Jordan ran a strong race and it looks good that his time will get him into the first round of the NCAAs," added Springfield. "He's still new to the event, so I'm confident he can improve again in two weeks."

Junior Courtland Clavette (Asheville, N.C.) was fourth overall in the discus on Sunday with a toss of 178-08.00.

New Balance Twilight

At the New Balance Twilight Meet, junior Henry Tufnell (Cirencester, England) finished first in the 800 meters with a personal-best time of 1:49.92, marking the fourth-fastest time in program history. Teammate Tyler Benster was runner-up in the same event with a time of 1:50.23.

"They ran well, but we were hoping for a few tenths of a second faster," said Springfield. "I'm not sure they were sufficiently recovered from a big weekend at Heps, but I'm proud of the way they ran. We'll find out on Tuesday if it was fast enough to get them into the NCAA first round."

The Bears return to action for the NCAA East Regionals on May 29-31 in Jacksonville, Fla.