The men and women’s track and field teams traveled to Bridgewater State University for the non-scoring Bears Invitational on Saturday, picking up a pair of wins and a number of top finishes during the day.

Men’s squad

The men’s squad was led by Evan Scott ’16, who took the crown in the high jump with a height of 1.95 meters, a height that was .07 meters higher than the second-place finisher. Mark Franklin ’17 took sixth place in the event, jumping to a height of 1.78 meters. 

Henry McDonald ’19 grabbed a sixth-place finish in the men’s long jump with a distance of 5.87 meters, just one-tenth of a meter out of a top-five finish. Scott Grote ’19 earned a seventh-place finish in the discus throw with a distance of 34.80 meters, just over a half a meter out of fifth place. 

The Judges had a pair of competitors place within the top 20 of the 53-man race in the 100-meter dash, led by Reagan Charie’s ’19 eighth-place finish in the race. Charie crossed the finish line at the 11.61-second mark, just .12 seconds out of a top-five finish. Michael Kroker ’19 finished the race in 11.88 seconds, good for a 19th-place finish.

Charie also led the Judges in the 200-meter dash, taking a 12th-place finish in 23.62 seconds. Adam Beckwith ’16 ran to an even 24.00-second finish, good for 19th place, while Kroker nabbed 31st place, stopping the timer at the 24.48-second mark. 

Jeremy Wilson ’17 notched a ninth-place finish in the 400-meter dash in 54.14 seconds, a step ahead of Beckwith’s 54.48 finish, which earned Beckwith a 13th-place finish out of the 36 competitors. McDonald also ran for the Judges in the race, crossing the line at the 55.33 mark, earning an 18th-place finish in the process.

Trevor Tuplin ’16 led the way for the Judges in the 800-meter run with a 14th-place finish in 2:12.19, less than five seconds out of a top-10 spot. Maddox Kay ’19 ran to a 2:18.52 finish, while Brandon Odze ’17 stopped the clock at the 2:22.84 mark time.

The Judges rounded out the day in the 1500-meter run, where five competitors placed within 10 spots for the squad. Max Whitmore ’18 led the way for the team, taking 21st out of the 61 competitors in 4:26.77. Russell Santos ’17 was a step behind in 22nd place, stopping the timer at the 4:27.56 mark. 

Ben Fong ’18 took 24th in 4:31.17, while Matt Doran ’17 ran to a 4:32.09 finish, good for 26th place. Christian Castro ’18 rounded out the squad with a 31st-place finish in 4:35.32.

Women’s squad

The distance runners paced the way for the Judges at the meet, taking three of the top five spots in the 1500-meter run. Kelsey Whitaker ’16 won the 50-person race that was run in four heats, stopping the clock at 4:52.12 Kyra Shreeve ’18 grabbed second place in the race in 4:58.48. Julia Bryson ’19 rounded out the Judges’ top-five competitors with a 5:07.84 finish, good for fifth place.

Christine Minor ’19 completed the course in 5:32.92 for a 26th-place finish, less than a second out of the top half of the field.

Tove Freeman ’16 grabbed a third-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:28.54. Aubrey Clemens ’19 grabbed 11th place in 2:39.49, just under a second out of a top-10 finish. 

Abby Daniels ’19 and Beth Deffossez ’18 took back-to-back finishes in the pole vault, jumping to 2.75 and 2.45 meters, respectively. Daniels took fourth place in the event while Deffossez took fifth.

Maya Sands Bliss ’19 took ninth place in the 400-meter dash, running to a time of 1:04.98 while Ajia Salmon ’19 was 14th in 1:06.54.

Kanya Brown ’19 earned a 10th-place finish in the 200-meter dash, crossing the line at the 28.03-second mark. Salmon crossed the line in 28th place out of the 58 competitors in the race in 29.81 seconds, .13 seconds out of a top-25 finish.

Brown also earned an 11th-place finish in the 100-meter dash in 13.38 seconds, one-hundredth of a second out of the top 10 competitors in the event.

Jordin Carter ’16 took eighth place in the hammer throw, totaling a distance of 35.67 meters. Carter's throw was just under two-and-a-half meters shorter than the fifth-place finisher and just under three-and-a-half meters further than the next finisher. 

Ashley Klein ’19 grabbed an 11th-place finish in the javelin throw with a distance of 30.66 meters, just .22 meters out of a top-10 finish in the event.

Klein’s distance was also just under a full meter further than the 12th-place competitor. 

Carter rounded out the Judges’ day with a 17th-place finish in the discus throw, totaling 24.03 meters, a distance that was less than a meter behind the next competitor.

Her distance was also just over a meter out of a top-15 spot in the event, out of the 32 competitors.

The Judges will continue their    pace return to action this Saturday in the Tufts Snowflake Challenge, hosted by Tufts University.

—Editor's Note: Maddox Kay '19 is a contributing writer for the Justice Forum section.