Buren Sets New 60m Program Benchmark at Mary Grinaker Invite

Buren Sets New 60m Program Benchmark at Mary Grinaker Invite

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – For the second straight week Henry Buren clocked a new program best in the 60-meter dash to rewrite the record book as the Amherst College men's track & field team continued to make waves in the national conversation at the non-scoring Mary Grinaker Invitational hosted by Smith College.

The Mammoths return to action next weekend, Friday-Saturday, Jan. 24-25 when they split the squad and compete at the BU John Thomas Terrier Classic and the  Cornell Upstate Challenge.


  • Amherst's 60m dash contingent of Buren, Nehemiah McGowanElijah Ngbokoli and Christopher Gong continued to make the 60m a must see, with both Buren and McGowan posting times that landed inside the top-12 nationally. Besting Buren's previous program record of 7.00 seconds that was set at their season opening meet, McGowan shaved .02 off that mark to hit 6.98 in the prelims. McGowan's time at the top lasted only several hours however, as Buren crossed the line in 6.97 to post the Mammoths third record-breaking performance in as many races. Check out the team's reaction to the new record here!
  • Finishing back-to-back in the 800m, Jack Dufton and Robert Innes-Gold took fifth and sixth, respectively, with the Mammoths third and fourth fastest time of the season in the event.
  • Yonas Shiferaw and Troy Colleran logged sub-nine second marks in the 60-meter hurdles, while Buren, McGowan, Ngbokoli and Shiferaw took the top spot in the 4x400 relay in an impressive effort by the sprinters.


  • Colleran continued making strides towards becoming one of Division III's top decathletes, registering a new personal best in the long jump. His mark of 7.02m was just six inches off Amherst's program record.