Buren Sees Success at BU for Second Straight Season, Logs New 200M Program Record

Buren Sees Success at BU for Second Straight Season, Logs New 200M Program Record

BOSTON, Mass. – Joining Nehemiah McGowan '21 (60m) and Troy Colleran '22 (heptathlon) as 2020 record breakers, sophomore sprinter Henry Buren headlined the Amherst College men's indoor track & field team at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational hosted by Boston University Saturday as he stopped the clock in 21.92 in the 200m to lower the school benchmark in the event.

PROGRAM RECORDS
Previously erasing a 22-year record in the 200m that was set by Mario Watts '97 in 1997 (22.49) with a 22.32 mark last winter at the same annual meet, Buren once again brought his 'A' game to the BU Track and Tennis Center as he crossed the finish line in 21.93 to best his own program benchmark in the event and register the 25th fastest time in the 200m in all of Division III so far this season.

TRACK EVENTS

  • Sprinting to a time of 7.17, first-year Chris Gong set a new collegiate best in the 60m in his sixth appearance in the event, while Mayowa Tinubu '20 (23.05) and Trevor Hall '22 (23.56) ran to new PR's in the 200m.
  • Ben Wadsworth's '22 time of 51.19 in the 400m was just off a regional qualifying time but did mark his best-ever performance in the event, while senior duo Alex Mangiafico and Theo Bates continued to make significant strides in the 500m.
  • The 800m finals saw three of the four competing Mammoths post new PR's, while Wilson Spurrell '23 (1:56.08) and Braedon Fiume '21 (1:57.74) each solidified their spots at New England's.
  • Senior Spencer Ferguson-Dryden continued to lower his time in the mile with another new PR as he crossed the finish line in 4:12.87 to find himself inside the top-10 nationally in the event.
  • Impressing in the 3000m, Ajay Sarathy '21 posted a new best time of 8:38.11 to take 14th in the multi-divisional, 100 harrier race.
  • All three sprinters in the 60m hurdles logged New England Regional qualifying marks, with Colleran and Jack Trent '23 each notching new PR's.

FIELD EVENTS

  • In addition to his PR in the 60m hurdles, Colleran also added a collegiate best in the long jump – leaping to a distance of 7.12m (23'-4.50") to come up just shy of John Pistel's '69 program best mark of 23'-6.00".

The Mammoths return to action next Saturday, Feb. 22 when they head to the Olney-Margolies Athletic Center in Providence, R.I. for the Brown University Invitational.