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Brandeis sweeps Wellesley at cross country meet

The Brandeis University men’s and women’s cross country teams both ran to victory Friday at Wellesley College. The men’s team had the top 11 runners to defeat Regis College, 15-50, while the women edged the host Blue, 40-43, and two other teams. 

In men’s highlights: Senior Matthew Driben ’23, picked up the win of the meet, covering the 5K course in 16:03.9. It was his second career win at the meet and the fifth top-five cross country performance of his career. First-year TJ Carleo ’26 was second in his collegiate debut with a time of 16:30.1. Junior Willem Goff ’24 was third in 16:32.5, while sophomore Daniel Frost ’25 was fourth in 16:48.9, a second better than his performance last year at the meet. Sophomore Lucas Dia ’25 was fifth in 16:59.1, giving the Judges 56-second spread among their top five runners. 

In women’s highlights: The women had five of the top 15 runners to edge past Wellesley. Senior captain Bridget Pickard ’23 led the way with a fourth-place finish. She covered the course in 19:02.7, 36 seconds off the winning time by a runner from Mount Holyoke College. The time was an 18-second personal record for Pickard. First-year runner Katriona Briggs ’26 was 11 seconds behind Pickard in fifth place with a time of 19:13.7. Junior Juliette Intrieri ’24 was third with a time of 19:41.9. Junior Katie Lyon ’24 made her second collegiate race count with a 12th-place finish of 20:24.4 and junior Kyra Au ’24 finished up the top five with a time of 20:43.9, good for 15th place. The Judges’ spread of 1:41 amongst their top five was 26 seconds better than Wellesley’s. Overall an outstanding race for the Judges and a strong head start for the beginning of the season. 

The Judges run again on Sept. 17th at University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Editor-In-Chief Victoria Morrongiello is captain of the women’s cross country team and did not contribute to this article. 



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