|Stefan Duvivier is Tufts' new indoor high jump record-holder|
CAMBRIDGE - In just his second competition of the 2017 indoor season, junior Stefan Duvivier of the Tufts University men's track team established a new school record in the high jump on Saturday at the Gordon Kelly Invitational hosted by MIT.
Duvivier cleared 6'9 3/4" (2.08m) to break the school record previoulsy shared by James Bradley and Steve Sutherland. Those Jumbos had record-setting jumps of 6'9" (2.06m) in 2009 and 1983, respectively. Duvivier's mark today ranks #4 nationally as of 9 pm Saturday night. The New England Small College Athletic Conference high jump champion outdoors last spring (6'6" - 1.98m), he finished first at the MIT meet.
The Jumbos had two other top performances at the meet in field events. Junior Linus Gordon went 21'6 3/4" (6.57m) for first place in the triple jump at the non-scoring meet. Like Gordon, graduate student Michael Paloian won for the second straight week in his event, placing first in the weight throw at 50'8" (15.44m).
Sophomore Brandon Levenstein had the second-best time out of 25 finishers in the 60-meter dash at 7.29 seconds. Sophomore Josh Etkind also had a runner-up mark in the 60-meter hurdles at 8.48 seconds. He added that to a third place in the 60-meter dash (7.31).
Other third-place finishes for Tufts came from freshman Gavin Tasker in the 400 (53.69) and classmate Shant Mahrokhian in the long jump (20'10 3/4" - 6.37m).
The Jumbos host the 2017 New England Division III Indoor Championships at the Gantcher Center next weekend (Feb. 17-18).