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Men and women’s cross country continues to improve

By Evan Goldstein

Section: Sports

October 12, 2012

The women’s cross country team attended the Open New England Tournament this weekend, placing 27th out of 37 teams and 6th within the Division III competition.

Individually, Victoria Sanford ’15 had the best time for the Judges at 18:50.4. She placed 89th out of the total 251 runners at the meet, finishing 20th among runners from Division III. Second place among the Judges belonged to Ali Kirsch ’15, with the time of 19:03.06, finishing in 107th place among all runners.

The junior-dominated meet for the Judges did not stop there, however, as a third junior, Amelia Lundkvist ’15 finished with the third best time for the Judges.

Lundkvist had a 19:27.46 mark which qualified for the 146th spot out of 251 runners.

Younger Brandeis runners have already started to show talent at meets. Rookie runners Kelsey Whitaker ’16 and Maggie Hensel ’16 finished with very respectable times.

Whitaker finished with a 19:39.10 mark and 160th place out of all runners. Hansel finished in 176th place with a 19:51.01 mark.

On the men’s side, the Judges finished in 29th place out of 39 teams, placing ninth among Division III teams.

Captain Alex Kramer ’13 led the Judges with a time of 25:33.66 on the eight-kilometer course.

His time placed him in 51st place out of 261 runners and in 12th place among Division III racers.

Co-captain Mik Kern ’13 came in second among all Judges with a time of 26:18.04, which is good for 143rd place.

Taylor Dundas ’14 and Greg Bray ’15 finished in 185th and 186th place respectively with times of 26:54.89 and 24:55.22, while Michael Rosenbach ’15 was the last Brandeis runner to place, finishing in 195th place with a time of 27:03.29.

With a total of 760 points, the Judges beat Division I opponent Rhode Island College by one point.

Both the men and women’s squads will look to build on their performances when they travel to Rochester, New York on Saturday, Oct. 27 for the UAA championships.

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