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Track and field sets two school records

By Shea Decker-Jacoby

Section: Sports

February 2, 2018

The Brandeis track and field team had a successful weekend at Boston University (BU) and Tufts University. The team set two school records and had two athletes earn University Athletic Association (UAA) Athletes of the Week. The Judges started off strong with Emily Bryson ’19, who ran the fastest time in Division III indoor track and field this season in the mile with a finishing time of 4:51.26. Bryson beat her personal best by 0.82 seconds, finishing first in her heat and among Division I, II, and non-collegiate runners at the Boston University Terrier Classic.

The UAA honored graduate student Irie Gourde ’17, HS ’18 UAA as men’s track and field athlete of the week for his performance in the 400-meter dash at BU. He finished with a time of 48.49 seconds, coming in 10th over all at BU, which earns him the top spot in Division III this season. Gourde is ranked third in Division III because of adjustments in time to compensate for BU’s banked track. This is Gourde’s second UAA Athlete of the Week honor in his career.

Other outstanding performances came from Doyin Ogundiran ’19, who placed 16 overall in the 800-meter run with a final time of 2:13.42. This time earned him the third best time in Division III this season. Churchill Perry ’20 delivered a national-ranked performance in the 400-meters at BU. He finished 20th overall and in 49.54 seconds, earning 25nd in Division III. Julia Bryson ’19, sister of runner Emily Bryson ’19, placed in the top 50 in the mile run with a final time of 5:08.05. She won her heat and finished 43rd overall. In the 4×400 meter run, Ogundiran teamed up with Leinni Valdez ’21 and Lisbeth Valdez ’21 and Lydia Harris ’20 finished second among Division III teams with a final time 4:07.79.

The team also competed in the Branwen Smith-King Invitational at Tufts University. The team earned 11th out of 14 teams. Kyra Shreeve ’18 placed sixth in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:07.95. Danielle Bertaux ’20 earned sixth in the 3000-meter run with a time of 10:59.30. Regan Charie ’19 earned fourth in the 200-meter dash with a final time of 23.32, but just missed the third place spot by 1000 of a second to the finals in the 60-meter dash with a final time of 7.274 seconds. Jacob Judd ’21 finished fifth in the 1000 meter run with a time of 2:36.64. Max Whitmore ’18 placed sixth with a final time of 2:37.09. Jack Allan ’20 earned fourth in the long jump with a distance of 20 feet and 2.5 inches. He just missed the top eight in the 60 meter hurdles with a final time of 8.96, missing the finals by .05 seconds. Finally, Breylen Ammen ’21 tied for eighth place in the pole vault jumping a height of 4.10 meters.

The men finished with 17.5 points and the women finished with 12 points at Tufts and there was no scoring at the BU meet. Members of the Track and Field team who qualified will compete in the NEICAAA meet on Friday and Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. The rest of the team will compete at Tufts again for the Cupid Invitational.

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