The Brandeis Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Teams competed in the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) Capital District Classic and the Brown Springtime Invitational. Overall, the men and women were highly successful, as they both placed 10th at the RPI Classic, with 10 and four points respectively. On Sunday, the women earned Bronze at the Brown Spring Invitational with a total of 89 points, tying Providence College. On the men’s side, Providence edged out the Judges by seven points, leaving the Judges fourth in the men’s division with a total of 83 points.
In the Women’s 5000, Zada Forde ’25 placed fifth overall, with an impressive time of 19:54.11. Kate Hurlbert ’25 faced some fierce competition at the RPI Classic, but effectively put the Judges on the board, placing 17th in the women’s discus throw with 23.69m and 14th in the javelin event with 18.50m. The men placed in discus, hammer, javelin and shot put. Zachary Reynolds ’23 earned fourth with 40.23m in discus throw, while Jonathan Hau ’23 placed seventh, 35.86m and Cam Pierce ’25 14th with 31.59m. In hammer throw, the Judges took 11th, 12th and 13th place with Thomas Vandalovsky ’23 throwing 39.93m, Hau 37.29m and Reynolds 36.11m. Hau and Reynolds did not disappoint in the javelin event, as Hau earned seventh and Reynolds earned 11th. Shot put was the second most successful event of the day for the men’s squad, as Vandalovsky and Peirce both placed in the top 10—fourth and ninth, respectively—with Vandalovsky throwing 12.52m and Peirce 10.84m.
The Brown Springtime Invitation was highly competitive, as Brown, Boston College, Rhode Island, Providence, Boston University and, of course, the Brandeis Judges, battled it out in a series of events. While the Brandeis Women competed and placed in a variety of events throughout the day, these are just a few of the Judges accomplishments that earned them 89 total points and third place on the day. In the 100 meter, Devin Hiltunen ’22 placed second with a time of 12.69, while teammate Smiley Huynh ’24 placed 4th with a time of 12.03 in the first heat. In the second heat, Anna Touitou ’22 placed second in 13.233 seconds, while teammates Gabby Tercatin ’22 and Sonali Anderson ’22 tied for third in 13.38 seconds. The Judges continued to keep pace with one another as Ianna Gilbert ’25, Anderson and Tercatin tied for third in the women’s 200-meter event in 28.28. In the women’s 1500 meters, Bridget Pickard ’23 led the Judges with a first-place finish with an impressive time of 4:53.97. Anderson and teammate Aliya Campbell ’24 represented the Judges in the 100m hurdles, with Alya taking the gold in 15.13 and Anderson earning bronze in 15.74. Smiley proudly represented Brandeis in the women’s pole vault earning first with an impressive height of 11’1.75”.
In a similar fashion, the Brandeis men’s track and field squad competed in a variety of events throughout the Invitational. The Judges found the most success in 100 meters, where first year Danny Krigman ’25 earned first in 11.51 seconds, while teammate Parker Jones ’24 finished 0.01 seconds behind him. Teammates Jordan Colon ’25 and Dean Campbell ’23 tied for third in 11.75 in the same heat. The men’s 200 meter was additionally successful for Brandeis, as Krigman earned first again, followed by Colon, and then Taylor Diamond ’23; Daniel Chodorow and Campbell tied for fourth place, allowing the Judges to sweep the standings. Four more Judges tied for third place in the first heat of the men’s 200-meter event with a time of 23.40 seconds—Jamie O’Neil ’22, Reese Farquhar ’22, Dean Carey ’25 and Jones. The Judges excelled in triple jump, with three Brandeis athletes tying for first place, along with a triple jumper from the University of Rhode Island; Jones, Lin Lin Hutchinson ’25 and Ori Slotky ’24 jumped 46’8.25”.
Ultimately, the Judges faced stiff New England competition in both the RPI District Classic and the Brown Springtime Invitational. Both the men’s and the women’s track and field teams will travel to Williamstown, Massachusetts to compete in the New England Division III Championships on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7.