Brown, Warwick win races on the big stage
Published: Monday, April 30, 2012
Updated: Monday, April 30, 2012 19:04
The story of the season for the men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams has been consistency. This proved to be no different in the University Athletic Association Championships at Carnegie Mellon University last weekend.
The men’s and women’s squads wrapped up a strong UAA season with several impressive individual performances. However, the men and women collectively each finished in seventh place with 59 and 28 points, respectively.
As he has done all season, Chris Brown ’12 led the way for the Judges. Brown, named the meet’s outstanding performer, not only won his 1,500-meter event, but also managed to take home the top prize in the 800-meter run. Even though it was only his first time running the 800-meter this season, Brown won the title with a time of one minute, 59.67 seconds.
Meanwhile, in the 1,500-meter run, Brown currently holds the nation's third fastest Division III finish time. It was business as usual for Brown at UAAs, winning the event in 3:55.97.
Two other Brandeis track team members also earned All-UAA honors. However, the award was bittersweet for Vincent Asante ’14, who failed to defend his title in the 100-meter dash. After winning his preliminary race, Asante lost in the final by one hundredth of a second at 11.20 seconds. Asante also placed eighth in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 23.56 seconds. Ed Colvin ’14 also claimed an honor at Carnegie Mellon, finishing second in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 15:18.90.
Jeffrey Maser ’15 also scored points for the Judges, but his success was tinged with a sense of disappointment. Maser fell only two inches short from notching an All-UAA honor.
“I thought I really should have got at 6’ 2’’ or 6’ 4,’’ but I just couldn’t find my form,” he said. Maser notched a 6' leap in the high jump.
Jonathan Gilman ’15 and Jacob Wilhoite ’15 placed fifth and seventh, respectively, in the javelin throw with distances of 160 feet, nine inches and 153.11 feet. In the long jump, Kensai Hughes ’14 tacked on a sixth-place finish, leaping 20 feet, 7 inches.
For the women, Kate Warwick ’12 led the team by winning her second UAA title of 2012, emerging in first place in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 36:34.38.
Kim Farrington ’12 placed fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 35 feet, eight inches. Alyssa Fenenbock ’15 notched a sixth-place finish in the javelin throw with a distance of 111.8 feet in the first throw of the meet. Amelia Lundkvist ’14 was the last runner to score for Brandeis, notching a seventh place finish in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:47.11.
Finally, Lili Parenteau ’12 sneaked into the scoring column with a eighth-place finish in the high jump at 5.2 feet. In the last event of the championships, the 4x800-meter relay, Brandeis finished fifth in 9:52.25, just seconds out of fourth place.
The team will certainly miss its seniors, including Brown and Warwick, who are admired for the consistent leadership they provide to the team, often by example.
“Their mentalities are fantastic,” said Maser. “We see them perform like they do and it makes us just want to do that that much better. ... So to see runners that successful, it gives us inspiration,” he said.
Using that inspiration from the seniors, Brandeis hopes to build for future success.
“We had some really strong performances and we are only going to get better next year,” said Maser.
The Judges now anticipate the announcement of qualifications for the New England Division III Championships, which will take place at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology this Saturday.