Split track squads shine at Boston University, MIT

January 31, 2020

Last weekend, the Brandeis track and field teams sent two different squads to the Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic and the MIT Art Farnham Invitational.

Boston University John Thomas Terrier Classic

The runners racing at Boston University had the opportunity to compete amongst NCAA Division I, II and III runners, as well as professionals. The women’s team ran five of the top Division III times during the meet, placing six of them among the top of the nation.

All-American Devin Hiltunen ’22 placed herself in the top 35 in two different events: the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter. She placed third in her heat of the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.00 seconds, coming in 60th place out of 180. Hiltunen’s time was second amongst all Division III racers at Boston University. Her time ranks her 42nd overall in the country after her time was converted from a banked track. 

In the 400-meter dash, Hiltunen again placed third in her heat with a time of 59.51 seconds. This helped her to a 34th place ranking nationally. Among all other runners in this event, she placed 59th out of 139 competitors.

The 3000-meter run also put two other Judges into the national ranking. Niamh Kenney ’21 was the top finisher for the Judges and among all Division III runners, finishing the race in 10:02.98, coming in 38th place out of 134. Teammate Danielle Bertaux ’20 placed 53th at the event with a time of 10:15.33, placing third among Division III runners. Kenney is ranked sixth in the nation, while Bertaux is ranked 23rd. 

The last top 50 national ranking came from the 5000-meter event. Erin Magill ’22 ran a time of 18:07.23 in the race, finishing 42nd at the meet, and helping her to a 34th place national ranking. Magill was ranked sixth among Division III runners in this event. 

In addition to the nationals, Andrea Bolduc ’21 placed 53rd in the mile run, running a time of 5:11.65. The 1000-meter run had two Judges competing; Natalie Hattan ’22 placed 70th with a time of 3:09.05 and rookie Bridget Pickard ’23 placing 82nd with a time of 3:17.50. 

On the men’s side, the Judges did not have any top 50 nationals, but there were still some highlights. In the 60-meter dash, Lorenzo Maddox ’20 finished 33rd among and sixth among Division III runners with the time of 7.36 seconds. He also competed in the 200-meter dash, finishing with a time of 23.37 seconds, placing 140th out of 191 racers. His teammate Dean Campbell ’23, running just 0.04 seconds slower with a time of 23.41, placing 143rd. 

In the mile run, Josh Lombardo ’21 finished in 106th out of 164 runners with a time of 4:25.20, just 0.02 seconds off his personal record (PR). Alec Rodgers ’20 finished in 126th with a time of 4:28.66. 

In the 5000-meter run, Matthew Driben ’22, finished with a mark of 15:28.20, coming in 66th place overall out of 94 runners, and sixth among Division III runners. 

MIT Art Farnham Invitational

On the women’s side, Sonali Anderson ’22 finished second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.71 seconds. Anderson beat teammate Willa Moen ’20 by just 0.01 seconds. Moen placed third with a time of 9.72. Tessa Holleran ’21 finished fifth in the same event with a time of 10.07 seconds. Gabby Teractin ’22 finished in 11th in the 60-meter dash with a time of 9.05 seconds. 

On the men’s side, Dion Morris-Evans ’22 won the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.36 seconds, a season best for the sophomore. He also placed second in the high jump with a height of 1.93 meters. Reese Farquhar ’22 finished third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.83 seconds and fifth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.39. 

Breylen Ammen ’21 PR’ed in the pole vault at a height of 4.25 meters, helping him to a first place finish in at the meet. 

This weekend, the Judges return to action at the Branwen Smith-King Invitational at Tufts University and the NEICAAA Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. 

Editor’s note: Deputy News Editor Victoria Morrongiello is a member of the women’s track and field team and was not involved in the writing or editing of this article. 

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