Wellesley Invitational

So far this season, the men’s cross country team have been successful in their meets. The season started on Friday, Aug. 31, when the men’s team participated in the Wellesley Invitational. The top scorers included Mathew Driben ’22 and Josh Lombardo ’21. According to the Brandeis athletic's website, Driben’s average mile is 5:20.2 and he ran the 5k in 16:35.0. Lombardo’s average mile is 5:20.8, and he ran the 5k in 16:36.6. The rest of the Brandeis team followed, with Simon Powley ’22 placing fifth, Eric Rosenheim ’21 placing 13th and Ben Watson ’20 placing 17th. Brandeis’ team average was 17:40 in the 5k. 

At the same meet, the Brandeis women’s cross country team took first place with an average run time of 19:02 for the 5k. Placing first in the meet was Emily Bryson ’19 with a total run time of 18:11.7, followed by Julia Bryson ’19 with a total run time of 18:38.1. Jac Guerra ’22 placed third, with a run time of 18:49.1. The rest of the Brandeis team followed, with Erin Magill ’22 placing sixth, Andrea Bolduc ’21 placing seventh, Doyin Ogundiran ’19 placing 11th and Christine Minor ’19 placing 19th and rounding out the top seven Brandeis runners. 

UMass Dartmouth Invitational

This meet resulted in a 13th place finish for the Judges' men’s team. The men had a total time of 2:16:13, placing them just behind Fitchburg State. The Judges ended with an average time of 27:14 in the 8k and with a total of 411 points. The first finishers from Brandeis were Lombardo  and  Driben respectively placing 44th and 45th, respectively. 

In addition, the women took another first place victory at this invitational for women's 5k run. The women ended with a total time of 1:33:30 in the 5k and an average time of 18:42. Brandeis senior Emily Bryson placed first with a total time of 17:54.6. The second Brandeis finisher was Guerra at fourth place.

Bowdoin Invitational

The following weekend, both teams set out to the Bowdoin Invitational. The men ranked sixth in this meet. The first finisher for Brandeis was Lombardo, followed by Driben, placing 19th and 20th respectively. In  total the Judges ended with 176 points, placing them between Southern Maine University and the University of New England. 

The women continued to be undefeated in this meet and Brandeis’ Emily Bryson also remained undefeated this season. Three Judges finished in the top six at this meet. In third was Julia Bryson, followed by  Guerra . 

Connecticut College Invitation

The men’s team placed 24th in this meet, ending with a total time of 2:16:29 and an average of 27:17 for the 8k. For the second meet in a row  Lombardo  was the team’s top scorer, finishing in 93rd place in the meet. In addition,  Driben was the team's second-place finisher for the second match in a row, placing 114th overall. 

The women placed third overall out of 16 teams at this meet. The Judges ended with 213 points, behind Washington University at St. Louis and Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Emily Bryson finished fourth overall, 15 seconds off the winning time followed by Julia Bryson in 28th place. Danielle Bertaux ’20 had her best finish of her college career, coming in third on the team and 39th overall.

UAA Championships

The men’s team was led by  Lombardo who finished in 44th place, followed by Driben placing 65th. Both Lombardo and Driben have continued to hold their first and second place finishes on the team consistently for four games in a row. The Judges finished with 25 points and an eighth place finish. 

On the women’s side, Emily Bryson once again led the team, placing second behind a Washington University runner by 14 seconds. Emily is the first woman in Brandeis athletic history with four first team All-American results. Julia Bryson earned a 10th place finish and a second All-Association honor. Bertaux was this year’s third finisher on the squad; however, she missed All-Association honor by less than two seconds.