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Track gives strong performance

By Sarah Jousset

Section: Sports

January 26, 2018

The men and women’s track and field team competed this past Sunday at the Greater Boston Track Club (GBTC) Invitational at Harvard University. The invitational was non-scoring and featured various Boston area colleges, as well as local indoor track and field clubs.

The women’s indoor track and field team fared well in the GBTC Invitational against a variety of other teams. In the 4×220 relay, Brandeis’ team of Willa Moen ’20, Jessie Moore ’18, Jordan Brill-Cass ’20 and Kanya Brown ’19 finished second with a time of 1:54.67. Moore and Moen also earned personal bests in the 60 meter hurdles, Moen finishing the race in 10.70 and Moore completing the race with a time of 10.83. In the 20-pound weight throw event, Brandeis’ Jordin Carter ’18, ranked fourth in the University Athletic Association (UAA) and placed third with a distance of 14.57 meters. Carter’s third place finish marked her personal best to date, and met the standard required to qualify for the ECAC and New England championships.

In the open mile, rookie Andrea Bolduc ’21 placed third with a time of 5:26.34 while teammate Kyra Shreeve ’18 came in fifth. Lydia Harris ’20 contributed a seventh place finish for the Judges in the 300-meter race with an impressive time of 45.19. The Judges had four athletes finish in the top eight of the 600 meter event, all producing qualifying times for the Division III New England championships. Doyin Ogundiran ’19 led the team with a second place finish in 1:37.12, while twin sisters Lisbeth Valdez ’21 and Leinni Valdez ’21 came in fourth and fifth with times of 1:40.87 and 1:41.09 respectively. The final spot in the 600m was Maya Sands-Bliss ’19 who came in seventh with a time of 1:42.53.

The men’s indoor track and field team also produced an impressive performance at the GBTC Invitational. In the 35-pound weight throw, Scott Grote ’19 threw an exceptional distance of 13.68 meters, beating his previous personal best by well over a meter. Breylen Ammen ’21 also best his personal best in pole vault, vaulting 4.10m to grab fourth place. Graduate Student Irie Gourde and Churchill Perry ’20 finished first and second in the 300m race with times of 35.31 and 35.57, respectively. Perry also finished fourth in the triple jump for Brandeis with a distance of 13.13 meters.

Two Judges earned top spots with personal bests in the 60m race as well. Henry McDonald ’19 finished third with a time of 8.99 in the final and Aaron Baublis ’21 completed the race in 9.30 to earn sixth place. The mile race saw Max Whitmore ’18 finish 3rd with a time of 4:26.87 while Harper Pollio-Barbee ’21 placed sixth in 4:27.85. Erez Needleman ’20 made his season debut after suffering an injury early in the season, running 2:04.15 in the 800m race, while teammate Patrick Quinlan ’21 ran a 1:24.56 in the 600m event for a fourth place finish in his first collegiate meet. The men’s events came to a close with the 4×220 yard relay, in which Gourde, Perry, McDonald and Quinlan ran as a team for the Judges, earning a time of 1:32.42.

Both the men and women’s indoor track and field team will compete this Friday, Jan. 26, in the Boston University Terrier Classic. The two teams are scheduled for both the Boston University Terrier classic and the Tufts Stampede this Saturday, Jan. 27.

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