Judges break records at Tufts Invitational
Brandeis’ Jack Allan ’20 in the 60-meter hurdles and the women’s 4x200-meter relay teams both broke Brandeis school records in their events at the Tufts University 2020 Cupid Invitational on Feb. 8 in Medford, MA.
During the men’s races, Allan set his second University record of the season, the first being the heptathlon, a combined contest made up of seven different events, on two different occasions. This weekend at the Tufts Invitational, Allan broke the record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.46 seconds in the finals. This University record had stood since 2009. During the preliminaries, Allan ran the race in 8.62 seconds to earn the second seed position. However, in the finals he won the race by 0.12 seconds and lowered the school record by one-tenth of a second. The record was previously held by Myles Tyrer-Vassell ’12.
Individual performances included Lorenzo Maddox ’20 placing fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.30 seconds and sixth in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.16 seconds, missing fifth place by 0.004 seconds. Dion Morris-Evans ’22 placed fifth in the high-jump with a height of 1.9 meters. In the pole vault, Breylen Ammen ’20 placed fifth at 4.45 meters (14–07.25) and Aaron Corin ’22 placed sixth at 4.30 meters (14–01.25).
The women also set a new school record in the 4x200-meter relay, breaking the record set in 2016. The foursome of Anna Touitou ’22, Sonali Anderson ’22, Sydney D’Amaddio ’23 and Devin Hiltunen ’22 posted a time of 1:47.30 for a new school record and a second-place finish. They beat the previous University record by 0.30 seconds. This is Anderson’s third school record and Hiltunen’s second.
Anderson finished in thrid place in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.34 seconds, after posting 9.63 seconds in the preliminaries. Hiltunen placed sixth in the individual 200-meter dash with a time of 26.47 seconds, which was second in her heat among the Division III runners. Hiltunen also ran the 4x400-meter relay with Yahni Lapa ’23. Leinni Valdez ’21 and D’Amaddio, placing second with a time of 4:07.46, just slightly ahead of third-place Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Andrea Bolduc ’21 placed fifth in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 3:03.57. Lapa placed eleventh in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:03.13. Natalie Hattan ’22 placed eighth in the one-mile run with a time of 5:19.11 and Willa Moen ’20 placed eighth in the 60-meter hurdles in 9.83 seconds. Niamh Kenney ’21 placed fourth in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:08.79.
For the first time in his career, Allan was named the University Athletic Association Men’s Field Athlete of the Week on Feb. 3, after breaking the Brandeis school record in the heptathlon for the second time this season with a score of 4,782 points. As of last week, Allan was ranked 10th in Division III in the heptathlon, as reported by Brandeis Athletics. He beat his previous school record by 143 points. Brandeis heads to Boston University for the Valentine's Invitational on Friday, Feb.14.