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Track and field digs deep at indoor conference meet

This past weekend, Brandeis hosted all the other teams in the University Athletic Association (UAA) at the indoor conference track and field meet. Both the men’s and women’s teams placed fourth overall in the stacked field of schools. This meet was the men’s best UAA performance since 2006 and the second time since 1999 that both teams finished in the top four.

According to the UAA website, “the top three finishers in each event receive all-association honors.”

On the men’s side, Regan Charie ’19 placed third in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 7.11.00 seconds, earning him all-UAA honors. He tied for third in the preliminaries with a time of 7.14.00 seconds. Teammate Lorenzo Maddox ’20 also qualified for the finals after placing eighth in qualifying. Maddox finished eighth in the finals as well with a time of 7.21.00 seconds.

Charie also succeeded in the 200 meter dash, finishing fifth in the finals with a time of 22.80.00 seconds. He placed fourth in qualifying at 22.64 seconds.

Rookie Dionysus Morris-Evans ’22 was the top performer in the 60 meter hurdles for The Judges with teammate Jack Allan ’20. Morris-Evans finished fourth in the finals with a time of 8.71.00 seconds, while Allan finished fifth just 0.03.00 seconds behind Morris-Evans. Allan was second overall in qualifying, while Morris-Evans came in fourth. Washington University in St. Louis swept the first three positions.

Allan and Morris-Evans also competed in the high jump and long jump competitions. Allan finished sixth in high jump with a height of 1.88 meters, hitting at new personal record (PR). He also finished seventh in the long jump with a distance of 6.5 meters.

The Brandeis ‘A’ 4×400 meter relay team made up of rookies Aaron Portman ’22, Jamie O’Neil, Morris-Evans and Churchill Perry ’20 finished sixth in 3:23.37. The Brandeis ‘A’ distance medley team of Josh Lombardo ’21, Perry, Jacob Judd ’20 and Dan Curley ’20 finished seventh with a time of 10:28.55.

On the field, The Judges excelled in pole vault and throws. Teammates Breylen Ammen ’21 and Aaron Corin ’20 finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the pole vault. Ammen capped out at 4.28 meters, while Corin finished at 4.13 meters.

Perry also competed in triple jump and finished in fourth with a jump of 13.78 meters.

Scott Grote ’19 finished third in the weight throw competition with a distance of 18.84 meters, earning him all-UAA honors. Grote also finished sixth in the shot put competition with a distance of 12.72 meters.

Teammate Jeremiah Fantroy ’22 finished seventh in weight throw with a distance of 13.15 meters. Sam Charnizon ’19 finished 11th at 11.70 meters.

The Judges scored 55 points overall, earning fourth place. Carnegie Mellon University won with 168 points, followed closely by Washington University in St. Louis with 162 points.

On the women’s side, distance runners stood out. Rookie Devin Hiltunen ’22 had top finishes across the board. She finished fifth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 26.35.00 seconds after placing fifth in qualifying. Hiltunen also placed eighth in the 400 meter dash and finishing third in qualifying.

Doyin Ogundiran ’19 ran her way to all-UAA honors with a second place finish in the 800 meter run in 2:16.45 after getting first in qualifying.

The Judges completely swept the podium in the one mile run. Emily Bryson ’19 won the race by almost four seconds over her twin sister Julia Bryson ’19 with a time of 5:02.74. J. Bryson finished the race at 5:06.19. Rookie Jac Guerra ’22 finished right on the heels of J. Bryson at 5:06.61. All three runners received all-UAA honors.

E. Bryson, the NCAA champion in the 3000 meter, won the race with 9:48.13. Niamh Kenney ’21 finished eighth in the race with a time of 10:15.10.

Rookie Sonali Anderson ’22 finished sixth in the 60 meter hurdles with a time of 9.34.00 after finishing sixth in qualifying as well.

The Brandeis ‘A’ team finished third in the 4×400 meter relay. Leinni Valdez ’21, Lisbeth Valdez ’21, Ogundiran and Hiltunen made up the team, finishing in 4:02.01.

The distance medley relay team of J. Bryson, Ogundiran, Maya Bliss ’19 and anchor E. Bryson won the race with a time of 12.08.81.

E. Bryson finished her last indoor UAA track meet with two individual titles and one team title, increasing her career total to 10 conference championships, according to The Brandeis Judges website.

Overall, the women’s team placed fourth with 67 points. Washington University in St. Louis won first with 170.5 points, while the University of Chicago finished second with 155 points.

The Judges head to Tufts University next weekend for the Tufts Last Chance meet to either qualify or improve their times for the NCAA indoor championships, which will be March 8 and 9 at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, MA.

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