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Women’s cross country third at NCAA Regionals

As the cross-country season enters its final stages, the Brandeis men’s and women’s cross-country teams traveled to Bowdoin College on Nov. 12 for the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Regional Championships. Last year, the women’s team finished in third and the men’s team finished in 11th. The first race of the day was the women’s 6-kilometer. Junior Lizzy Reynolds ’24 was the first runner for the Judges to finish. She finished in 18th with a time of 23:06.3 which was 15 seconds faster than her previous best 6k time. Just behind her was her classmate, junior Juliette Intrieri ’24. Intrieri finished 22nd with a time of 23:09.2. Shortly after her was senior Bridget Pickard ’23 in 24th with a time of 23:14.5. Pickard set a new personal record for the 6k, by decreasing her previous best time by two seconds. These three runners finished in the top 35 and therefore earned All-region status. It was Pickard and Reynold’s first time earning All-region status, and Intrieri’s second time after she finished 23rd last year. The next Judge to finish was freshman Ella Warkentine ’26 in 36th, who just narrowly missed out on earning All-region status in her first year. She finished the race with a time of 23:32.0, which was 10 seconds faster than her previous best 6k time. Sophomore Zada Forde ’25 was next in 42nd with a time of 23:41.4. Rounding out the team were freshman Katriona Briggs ’26 and junior Katie Lyon ’24. Briggs finished in 60th with a time of 24:16.0 and Lyon finished in 65th with a time of 24:26.9. Overall, the team finished third with 142 points, just barely ahead of Tufts University who were projected to outperform the Judges prior to the meet. 

The men’s cross-country team saw sophomore Lucas Dia ’25 finish the 8 kilometers first for the team. He finished 42nd overall in 27:15.7. Next for the Judges was first-year TJ Carleo ’26 in 62nd with a time of 27:47.3 for his first Regional Championship. Sophomore Dashiell Janicki ’25 was not far behind him in 75th. His time of 28:16.3 was a new personal best by 34 seconds. Junior Samuel Kim ’24 was next to finish for Brandeis, as he placed 94th in 28:47.8. Just behind him was junior Henry Nguyen ’24 in 99th place. He set a new personal best in the 8k with a time of 28:52.6, which was 12 seconds faster than his previous best. Closing out the team were junior Willem Goff ’24 and senior Matthew Driben ’23 in 105th and 148th respectively. Goff finished in 29:01.0 and Driben finished in 30:25.8. Overall, the team finished 11th with 367 points, just in front of the University of Maine Farmington. 

Both teams now look forward to the indoor track season. The first meet of that season is on Dec. 3. 

Editor’s Note: Editor-in-Chief Victoria Morrongiello is one of the women’s cross country co-captains and did not contribute to the writing or editing of this article.

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