Women rise to the top of the pack at home
The men and women’s track teams ran impressive weekends hosting the Reggie Poyau Memorial Invitational on Saturday, as the men and women took first and second place, respectively. The women won the event on the strength of five individual wins while the men cruised to four individual wins on the afternoon.
(1st place- 125 points)
The women won the event by scoring 125 points, four more than the runner up Wellesley College. The Judges were led by Doyin Ogundiran ’19, who earned a 10-second victory in the 800-meter run with a time of two minutes, 30.73 seconds. Aubrey Clemens ’19 took the runner-up spot in the race, crossing the finish line at the 2:40.79 mark.
Emily Bryson ’19 took the top spot in the one-mile run in 5:13.48, earning a five-second victory over the second-place finisher. The Judges also sent three other competitors to the race, as Maggie Hensel ’16 ran to a 5:32.69 finish, good for fifth place. Kyra Shreeve ’18 was next across the line, turning in a 5:42.65 race. Meaghan Barry ’19 also turned in a 6:01.11 finish for the hosts. Bryson’s 5:13.48 is good for eighth-best among all Division III runners thus far in the regular season.
Maddie Dolins ’16 grabbed a win in the 3000-meter run in 10:32.88, a close four-second win over the next best competitor.
Kanya Brown ’19 won her first collegiate race, taking the 55-meter dash in a season-best 7.60 seconds.
The Judges also captured first place in the 4x400-meter relay, as the quartet of Tove Freeman ’16, Brown, Ogundiran and Haliana Burhans ’18 ran to a 4:20.73 time. Their time was 19 seconds better than the ‘A’ squad from Wellesley, the race’s other competitors.
Abby Daniels ’18 and Beth Deffossez ’19 both picked up points for the Judges in the Pole Vault as Daniels topped out at 2.59 meters and Deffossez turned in an effort of 2.43 meters.
(2nd place —111 points)
The men’s 111 points were 33 behind Fitchburg State University and 12 ahead of Bentley University, who took home third place with 99 points. Ryan Stender ’18 led the way for the Judges by taking the crown in the one-mile run. His time of 4:22.28 was a four-second improvement on his previous personal best and is the 11th-fastest among all Division III competitors thus far this year. Stender’s race was also two seconds ahead of second place and eight ahead of Grady Ward ’16, who took home third place in 4:30.82. Brad Payne ’17 finished the race in 4:49.41 while Christian Castro ’18 crossed the finish line at the 4:53.12 mark.
The Judges swept the 200-meter dash as Henry McDonald ’19 took first place in 23.77 seconds. Adam Berger ’16 finished a step behind McDonald in 24.48 seconds and Regan Charie ’19 took third in 24.52 seconds. Adam Beckwith ’16 also produced a scoring effort in the race, turning in a stellar time of 24.80 seconds.
Brandeis took home a pair of victories in field events as well, led by Berger’s victory in the triple jump. The senior turned in an effort of 12.50 meters to win the crown, 0.26 meters further than the second-place finisher. Berger also took home third place in the long jump with a distance of 6.01 meters.
Mark Franklin ’17 won the high jump with an effort of 1.88 meters, one-tenth of a meter better than the second-place finisher.
Matthew Becker ’16 turned in a third-place finish in the 800-meter run in 2:03.57, a step behind the second place finish of 2:03.16.
Both squads will return to the track this Saturday at the Greater Boston Track Club Invitational, hosted by Harvard University.