Grevious leads Big Red at Outdoor Nationals

Big Red puts forth podium level performances against the best the country has to offer. 

Brian Muldoon
June 20, 2022
Phillips Exeter Academy Track

Byron Grevious '24 covers the home stretch in a first place finish earlier this spring. Grevious capped his spring with a pair of New England titles and two top-12 finishes at Nationals. 

Exeter track and field rung the closing bell on the 2021-22 athletic calendar and Big Red went out with a bang. Seven members of the track team represented Exeter at the Nike Outdoor Nationals at historic Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, and Big Red were no strangers to the podium.

Byron Grevious led the way for Exeter, which terrific performances in both the 5000m and two mile. Grevious finished fifth in the country in the 5000m with a time of 14:36.15. Grevious was just one of six members of the Class of 2024 in the event. He followed his fifth place finish with a 12th place overall finish in the two mile, coming in at 9:04.02 and finishing first among just four second year runners. His nationals performance capped quite the end of his outdoor campaign, as also claimed New England titles in the 1500m and 3000m at Interschols three weeks ago.

Big Red earned trips to the podium four more times four the four days of competition.

Oliver Brandes ’23 earned third place in the Emerging Elite category of the 800m with a time of 1:55.14 while classmate Owen Dudley ’23 follwed in 19th place, crossing at 1:57.33.

Aiden Silvestri ’22, who was the New England champ in the 300m hurdles at Interschols, ran to a fifth place finish in the Emerging Elite 400m hurdles at with a time of 55.81.

The New England champion 4x400m relay team of Chaz Cordle ’22, Dudley, Brandes, and Silvestri teamed up and earned a third place finish in the Emerging Elite section, putting together a time of 3:25.95.

Tanner Boulden ’24, who finished second at New England’s, placed fourth in the Emerging Elite Javlein with a throw of 154-05 while Sava Thurber ’22, fourth at New England’s, finished ninth with a toss of 148-03.

“This group performed like true Exonians,” said Exeter head coach Hilary Hall. “They went out with a task at hand, set forth a plan, and executed the plan with drive and focus. I could not be more proud of this group.”