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Track and field triumphs over local rivals, Babson and Lasell

The Judges competed against local rivals in their second outdoor meet of the season, which took place on April 17 and 18.  The men and women on the Brandeis University outdoor track and field teams were victorious in the tri-meet with Babson and Lasell at Weston High School, as they both came in first overall. The men defeated their opponents with a total score of 75.5, while Babson came in second with a score of 66.5, followed by Lasell who finished with seven points.  The women were equally successful as they were able to close out a tight meet, edging the Beavers 61-60; Lasell finished third in the women’s race, too, with 25 points.  

Two Judges were particularly victorious this weekend, as they both took a field and a running event.  Jack Allan (GRAD), a heptathlon All-American, seized the long jump with a distance of 7.07 meters; this performance was a quarter of an inch shy of his career best which he obtained the previous week, when he jumped 7.08 meters. Allan also took the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.74 seconds, nearly three-quarters of a second ahead of his next competitor. Brandeis’ second multi-event winner was first-year athlete Parker Jones ’24 who took the triple jump measuring 11.71 meters, while also winning the 100-meter dash with a late charge in a time of 11.74 seconds; Jones was able to edge out his competitors in a dead heat at 11.78 seconds.  

While Allan and Jones took the gold in multiple events, the Judges earned wins in four other field events. Leader Tanner Richards ’21 won the javelin with an incredible throw of 46.32 meters, measuring just a foot shy of his personal best.  For the women, rookie triple jumper Jordan Lapierre ’24 placed first jumping 9.25 meters. Breylen Ammen ’21, captured first in the pole vault event with a height of 3.65 meters. Thomas Vandalovsky ’23 rounded out the field winners in the shot put with an impressive heave of 12.78 meters.    

Capturing five additional wins in the running events, there are a few Judges worth noting for their valiant efforts.  Sweeping the 1500-meter runs, Andrea Bolduc ’21 won for the women in 4:57:39, right ahead of Natalie Hattan ’22, who finished in 4:58:26.  For the men, Josh Lombardo ’21, won in 4:11:46, ahead of the rookie Walter Tebbets ’24 who came in at 4:13:46. Yahni Lapa ’23 seized the women’s 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 1:09:32 and Devin Hiltunen ’22 won the 200-meter dash in 26:43 seconds, ahead of rookie teammate Ianna Gilbert ’24. The final event of the day was won by the quartet of Lapa, Gilbert, Victoria Morrongiello ’23 and Hiltunen in the 4×400-meter relay, with a time of 4:14:76.  

The Judges are on the road next week traveling to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, looking to continue their winning streak in the running and field events.  

Editor’s Note: Victoria Morrongiello is the News Editor at The Brandeis Hoot and did not contribute to the writing or editing of this article. 

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