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Cross-country teams finish 10th at end-of-season race

On Nov. 11, the Brandeis Judges’ women’s and men’s cross-country teams traveled to Hopkinton, New Hampshire, to participate in the 2023 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) East Regional Championship. Both teams placed 10th in their respective races, out of a total of 33 teams for the women’s race and 34 teams for the men’s race.

The women’s team scored 322 points overall, landing 10th of 33 with only a nine-point difference from ninth-place scorer Endicott College. The six-kilometer (6K) race was completed by a total of 226 runners. In first place for the Judges and 41st overall was Zada Forde ’25, with a time of 23:15.54—three seconds short of a 6K personal best for the runner. Forde improved on her time at the 2022 race by 20 seconds, and finished one spot higher. Lizzy Reynolds ’24 finished second for Brandeis and 60th total with a time of 23:42.16. This was the runner’s highest team finish this season. Third for the Judges was Kyra Au ’25, who was 69th overall with a time of 23:53.84. This was a 6K personal best by only three seconds for the runner. Next for Brandeis was Sadie Harrow ’27, who finished with a time of 24:00.13—72nd overall. This was a 28-second personal best for Harrow, who was the 10th first-year runner to finish this race. Ella Warkentine ’26 and Katriona Briggs ’27 were fifth and sixth respectively for the Judges, with the former placing 80th with a time of 24:11.90 and the latter close behind at 82nd with a time of 24:13.12. Rounding out the seven Brandeis finishers was Juliette Intrieri ’24 with a 102nd-place finish and time of 24:56.26. Overall, the Judges’ women’s runners had a 57-second spread among their top five and an average mile of 6:24 among their seven finishers.

The men’s team, meanwhile, scored 342 points, ranking 10th of 34. The eight-kilometer (8K) race was completed by a total of 229 runners. First for Brandeis was TJ Carleo ’26, who placed 40th in the race with a time of 26:05. This was an improvement of a full 35 seconds from Carleo’s previous 8K personal record, as well as a 12-place improvement from the runner’s performance at the 2022 race. Next for the Judges was Lucas Dia ’25, who was 62nd overall with a time of 26:36.02. This was a 20-second improvement on Dia’s performance at the 2022 race despite the 20-rank deficit. Henry Nguyen ’24 was third for Brandeis, ranking 68th with a time of 26:40.8—a personal best for the runner. This was an improvement of two minutes as well as 31 ranks from Nguyen’s performance at the 2022 race. Dashiell Janicki ’25 was fourth for the Judges, placing 82nd in total with a time of 26:40.8. This was Janicki’s first 8K finishing time under 27 minutes. In fifth for Brandeis was Willem Goff ’24, who placed 90th overall with a time of 27:15.01. Goff was only 18 seconds behind his personal record, but improved 15 places from the 2022 race. Rob King ’26 and Hugh Licklider ’27 were sixth and seventh respectively for the Judges, rounding out the seven Brandeis runners. King ranked 110th overall with a time of 27:51.73 while Licklider edged behind with a 111st-place finish and a time of 27:55.48. Overall, the Judges’ men’s runners had a 1:10 spread among their top five runners and an average mile of 5:23 among their seven finishers.

The Judges will return for the track and field season beginning on Jan. 13, 2024.

Editor’s note: Sports editor Calli Morvay ’26 did not participate in the writing or editing of this article.

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