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Track & field succeeds at Bowdoin Invitational

Brandeis track and field was back in action in their second meet of the semester at Bowdoin College. The women led the way finishing in fourth place of the six teams competing with 71 points, while on the other side the men were sixth overall with 32 points.

There were some top performers on the women’s team and a couple winners of the afternoon. In ​the 3,000-meter run, Danielle Bertaux ’20 captured the victory with a personal-best time of 10:17.91, qualifying for Division III and Open New Englands. Sonali Anderson ’19 beat her school record in the 60 meter hurdles for the third meet in a row, winning with a time of 9.32 seconds, after running 9.46 in the prelims. Doyin Ogundiran ’19 finished second in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:57.82, which was good for both New England meets, as well as ECACs. Jac Guerra ’22 finished second in the mile run with a time of 5:07.32. Classmate Devin Hiltunen ’22 earned second in the 200-meter dash with a New England D3 and Open qualifying time of 26.73 seconds. In the 600-meter run, Lisbeth Valdez ’21 earned bronze with a mark of 1:40.20, while Maya Bliss ’19 was fourth with a 1:41.41 finish. In relay action, Anderson, teamed with Kenya Brown ’19, Tessa Holleran ’21 and Anna Touitou ’22, took second in the 4×200-meter relay with a time of 1:50.81. Valdez ’21 and twin sister Leinni Valdez ’21 teamed with Hiltunen and Ogundiran to place third with a time of 4:05.36.

For the men, Scott Grote ’19 finished on top, taking second place in the 35-pound weight throw, heaving it 15.84 meters (51-11 3⁄4) on his second-to-last throw to qualify for Division III New Englands and ECAC New Englands, and also made his personal best. The Judges also had an abundance of third-place finishes. Regan Charie ’19 had two third place finishes, running 7.18 seconds in the 60-meter dash and 23.25 seconds in the 200. Breylen Ammen ’21 earned third in the pole vault with a height of 4.40 meters (14-5 1⁄4). Finally, with a time of 8.77 seconds Jack Allan ’20 earned third in the 60-meter hurdles.

Also in the news, Guerra was selected as UAA Women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Week. This is Guerra’s first UAA weekly honors. Competing at the Bowdoin Invitational on Saturday, Guerra was the runner-up in the mile run with a time of 5:07.32. When the time is converted for the flat track, it puts Guerra atop the UAA and seventh among all Division III competitors in the event. The top 20 performers will earn a berth at the NCAA Division III Championships, which will be held March 8-9 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. Guerra will be looking to reach the NCAA Championships for the second time, having qualified for the Cross Country championship meet in the fall, where he helped Brandeis finish in sixth place.

The Brandeis women’s track and field team is currently ranked 12th in Division III. The Judges return to action this weekend at the Terrier Classic at Boston University and at the Branwen Smith-King Invitational at Tufts.

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