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Bryson, Gourde win events at Silfen Invitational

By Zach Cihlar

Section: Sports

April 20, 2018

In New London, CT, the Brandeis track team ran some strong individual performances in the Silfen Invitational, an outdoor meet hosted by Connecticut College. Both the men’s and women’s teams attended the event in Connecticut, where they stayed for two days.

The first day of competition, Friday, April 13, put Brandeis’ distance runners on the stage. The climax of the day came in the 1500m, Emily Bryson’s ’19 main event. In her first race of the outdoor season, Bryson took the top spot, running faster than the second place finisher by more than two seconds.

Danielle Bertaux ’20 also put up an impressive Friday performance in the 5000m. The sophomore crushed her personal record by 42 seconds in the event and earned the third place spot in the women’s 5000m event. On the men’s side, captain Liam Garvey ’18 put up an impressive performance in the 5000m event. Also running his best time in the distance event, Garvey placed tenth overall.

Day two of the competition featured short distance runners. Once again, graduate student Irie Gourde ’17 ran a winning performance, earning first place in the 200m event. Accompanied by Regan Charie ’19, rookie Patrick Quinlan ’21 and Churchill Perry ’20, Gourde also helped the team secure a third place finish in the men’s 4×400 relay.

Perry’s success transferred to the field events as well. He earned a personal best for the second weekend in a row in the triple jump, winning the top spot over the competition.

The women’s relay on the second day matched the men’s third place finish. Ran by Kayla Fahey ’20, rookie Lisbeth Valdez ’21, Maya Sands-Bliss ’19 and Doyin Ogundiran ’19, the 4×400 event competitors ran a combined time of 4:06.35.

The Judges will put their strength and speed to the test yet again in another two-day event on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21. Travelling to Princeton, NJ, the men’s and women’s teams will be competing in the Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton University.

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