The Brandeis men’s and women’s track teams had a strong showing at the Tufts Cupid Invitational last weekend. Although, similarly to last week, the meet was non scoring, the teams still had many noteworthy individual performances from their athletes. 

The men’s team had a strong meet last weekend, with many athletes posting personal records and qualifying times. Jack Allan ’20 entered the meet already holding the all time Brandeis record for the heptathlon, but that wasn’t enough. During the six events spread out between Friday and Saturday, Allan turned it up a notch and recorded a score of 4475 points, beating his previous record of 4430. This performance is now also ranked as the 17th best in all of Division III this season for his event. In the 60 meter preliminary round, Regan Charie ’19 ran his best race of the season, finishing the event in 7.19 seconds. This performance qualified him for the final later that day where he finished with a time of 7.18 seconds, tying his personal best for the event while placing fourth. Charie also finished seventh in the 200 meter with a time of 23.10 seconds. He will run again in the New England DIII championships in two weeks. In the weight throw, Scott Grote ’19 shattered his personal record. His heave last weekend measured in at 14.34 meters, a big jump from his previous best of 13.68. This performance also earned him a trip to the New England DIII championships. Ryan Stender ’18 delivered a performance typical of the rest of his season. He won the 3000 meter with a time of 8:27.03, his second best time of all time. It was also the 12th fastest time in DIII. Stender hopes to return to the National Collegiate Athletic Association championships for the 3000 for the second straight year. Churchill Perry ’20 placed second in the triple jump with a distance of 12.86 meters. Breylen Ammen ’21 posted a personal record in pole vault with a height of 4.25 meters, good for seventh in the meet. 

The women’s team also had athletes posting personal records and qualifying times at last weekend’s meet. The Judges represented well in the mile run, having two runners finish in the top ten. Kyra Shreeve  ’18 ran the race in 5:20.18. This placed her seventh and was good enough to send her to the New England DIII championships. Andrea Bolduc ’21 continued an impressive freshman campaign, running a personal best mile in 5:24.27 and placing 10th overall. Lenni Valdez ’21 finished fourth in the 600 meter with a time of 1:40.81. This was a small personal best and only reinforces the impressive numbers posted by the women’s middle distance runners this season. Kanya Brown ’19 had her season’s best performance in the 60 meter with a time of 8.23 in the preliminary race. In the final, she ran an 8.29, placing her seventh overall. Jordin Carter ’18 has been having an absolutely stellar couple of weeks. She broke the school record in the weight throw last week by five cm two weeks ago, but her heroic record breaking wasn’t done. Last weekend she bested herself again, beating her record breaking throw by another 13cm. Her throw of 14.91 placed her second in the meet. Carter also finished sixth in the shot put with a solid 10.60 meter throw. 

Both the men’s and women’s teams will continue their seasons next weekend where two more meets will occur. Boston University will host the Valentine’s Classic while the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will host the Gordon Kelly Invitational. The championships  begin soon.