On Oct. 14, the Brandeis Judges’ men’s and women’s cross-country teams traveled to New London, Connecticut to participate in the Connecticut College Invitational. 26 teams participated in the races, with the Judges’ women’s team placing 16th in the six-kilometer (6K) race and the men’s team placing 20th in the eight-kilometer (8K) race. Overall, the women’s team saw several personal records (PRs) being broken while the men’s team showed many improvements among its runners compared to last year’s Conn. College race.
In the women’s 6K race, Zada Forde ’25 finished first for Brandeis and 78th overall, with a time of 23:12.90. This was an outdoor 6K PR for the runner. Next for the Judges was captain Lizzy Reynolds ’24, who placed 104th overall with a time of 23:35.20. Ella Warkentine ’26 placed third for Brandeis and 129th overall with a time of 23:56.50. Right behind Warkentine was Kyra Au ’26 with a time of 23:56.80. This time was a 56-second improvement for Au, who set a new 6K PR in this race. The Judges’ top five was rounded out by Juliette Intrieri ’24, who placed 139th in the race with a time of 24:06.90. Overall, the Judges’ women’s team had a 54-second spread among their scorers.
In the men’s 8K race, Lucas Dia ’25 was first for Brandeis with an overall 100th place finish. Dia finished with a time of 26:16.50, a six-second improvement from last year’s race. Robert King ’26 was next for the Judges, finishing 118th overall with a time of 26:34.20—a 37-second improvement from last year. TJ Carleo finished 125th overall and third for the Judges with a time of 26:40.10, three seconds faster than his performance last year. Fourth for Brandeis and 133rd overall was Henry Nguyen ’25 with a time of 26:45.2. Captain Willem Goff ’24 rounded the men’s top five with a time of 26:57.40, placing 143rd overall. In the race, the men’s team had a spread of 41 seconds among their top five, a drastic improvement from last year’s, which was over four minutes.
Next, the Judges’ cross-country team will travel to Case Western on Oct. 28 to compete in the UAAs.
Editor’s note: Sports editor Calli Morvay ’26 did not participate in the writing or editing of this article.