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Track team sets records at BU and Tufts

Last weekend, the Brandeis women’s and men’s track teams competed in the Terrier Classic at Boston University and at Tufts University. Many athletes from both teams had record-breaking performances.

At BU on Friday, Jan. 27, Emily Bryson ’19 set a new school record for the mile run with a time of 4:52.18, breaking the previous record of 4:54.82 set by Grayce Selig ’11. Bryson’s time is the top-ranked performance in Division III this season by 1.5 seconds and the fastest record time for the mile in the University Athletic Association (UAA) by five seconds. Competing against Division I, Bryson placed 13th at the meet.

Doyin Ogundiran ’19 earned a personal best time in the 800-meter with a time of 2:19.14, making it the fastest in the UAA and 40th fastest in Division III times.

Irie Gourde ’17 won two heats in the 400-meter at BU. He recorded the fastest time in the UAA and 11th best in Division III, finishing at 48.98 seconds. Gourde also earned a time of 22.27 seconds in the 200-meter dash, recording the second-best time in the UAA and 34th in Division III.

Mitchell Hutton ’18 ran a new personal best in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:50.36, giving him the number one seat in the UAA and 13th in Division III. Liam Garvey ’18 also set a personal record in the 5K run with a time of 15:50.41.

While competing at Tufts on Saturday, Jan. 28, Jack Allan ’20 placed fourth in his collegiate debut in the heptathlon with a score of 4,181, placing him 29th in Division III. Allan ran the 60-meter hurdles in 8.79 seconds and jumped 1.84 meters, earning him second place in both individual events during the heptathlon, and earning him his best scores of 793 points and 661 points, respectively, that went toward his composite score.

Churchill Perry ’20 won the triple jump with a personal best of 13.86 meters. Perry won the event by 2.5 inches to earn first in the UAA and 25th in Division III.

For the women, Jessie Moore ’18 and Kayla Kurland-Davis ’20 each set new personal records in the 200-meter dash. Moore won her heat with a time of 27.46 seconds, earning 10th overall, while Kurland-Davis finished in 27.88 seconds, taking 15th overall and second in her heat.

Moore, also on the varsity volleyball team, competed in her first meet on the track team. “This is my first time ever doing track or really any individual sport. I grew up only playing team sports, so to be able to push myself and hold myself accountable has been very self empowering,” the two-sport athlete said.

This year, she has gotten to know her second team well, and she appreciates her fellow runners for their support and talent. “Our team has so many incredible athletes who inspire me everyday in practice to be better. Joining track has been one of my best decisions in college,” she said.

The Judges hit the track again Sunday, Feb. 4 at Tufts and then are back at Boston University for the Valentine’s Invitational on Feb. 10 and 11.

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