The men’s and women’s track and field teams were on double duty this weekend, as some athletes stayed local to compete in the Bruno-hosted Brown Invitational at the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center, while others traveled to the Iowa State Classic in Ames, Iowa. The home contingent found a great deal of success, winning 21 of the meet’s 28 events, while the athletes in Iowa competed alongside national competition.
Most of the team members stayed on College Hill to host Bryant University, the University of Rhode Island and Boston College in the home meet. The meet offered a chance to build on past progress in preparation for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships in two weeks.
“We really looked at the Brown Invitational as an opportunity to tune up for Heps in two weeks. We were really just looking to break up our training with a low-key competition as we prepare,” said Tim Springfield, director of track and field.
For the women, Taylor Worthy ’17 ran the 1,000-meter race in 2 minutes, 53.29 seconds, ranking her in the top 10 all-time at Brown and sixth in the Ivy League this year. Melissa Isidor ’17 showed promise in her first long jump of the season with a leap of 5.49 meters, putting her in second place for the meet. Overall, the women came away with a tally of 11 victories in 17 events.
On the men’s side, Courtland Clavette ’15 muscled his way to victory in the shot put with a throw of 16.70 meters, giving him a win by a wide margin of over one meter. Colin Savage ’14 ran a strong 1,000 meters, finishing with a time of 2:27.18, a mark that places him third in the Ivy League this year. The men dominated the proceedings, proving victorious in 10 of the 11 events.
“Overall, I was happy with the results and think we improved our position as we move into the championship part of the season,” Springfield said.
Iowa State Classic
Meanwhile, select members of the team traveled to Iowa to compete in one of the premier meets in the nation. The Iowa State Classic featured some of the country’s top collegiate and professional athletes.
The few athletes who represented Bruno at this prestigious meet were able to hold their own against the competitive field. Heidi Caldwell ’14 performed exceptionally well in the 5,000-meter race. She ran a time of 16:13.72, the second-quickest in Brown history and in the Ivy League this year, placing seventh in the race. Matt Bevil ’14 and Henry Tufnell ’15 participated in the 800-meter race. They finished in 17th and 18th, respectively, with times of 1:51.42 and 1:51.46.
Springfield noted that the meet was good experience for the team, but the results were not as high as he expected.
Bruno gears up for the USA Track & Field New England Championships next weekend in Cambridge, Mass., with the Ivy League Heps on the horizon.