WALTHAM, Mass. – Men’s indoor track and field senior Irie Gourde of Portland, Ore., has been named the February 15 Brandeis Athlete of the Week, presented by The Chateau Restaurant Group.
Competing at the Boston University David Hemery Valentine Invitational on Saturday afternoon, Gourde broke a school record that had stood since 1979 when he ran 21.95 seconds in the 200-meter dash. Gourde won his heat against and finished second among Division III competitors in the event, 15th overall out 225 runners.
Gourde also turned in a time of 48.68 seconds in the 400-meter dash, which was second in his heat and 22nd overall. Both times are the fastest in the University Athletic Association this season and 18th- and 15th-fastest in Division III this season, respectively.
Gourde and the Judges will head to the New England Division III Championships this weekend at Tufts University before playing host the UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships on February 25 and 26.
This is the second year of the Brandeis Athlete of the Week program presented by The Chateau Restaurant Group. The Athlete of the Year Program highlights a top Brandeis student-athlete who has had an outstanding athletic achievement from the week prior. Each selected student-athlete will be featured on the Brandeis athletics homepage and inside the Chateau Waltham and Jake N Joes
Owned and operated by the Nocera Family, the Chateau Restaurant of Waltham opened in 1933 and set the standard for providing the tradition of Italian family dining, friendly service and quality food at reasonable prices for its customers. Located on 195 School Street, with 900 seats, the Chateau is always ready to accommodate large parties.
The Nocera Family consists of 6 brothers who have always had a passion for playing sports. In 2010, The Nocera Family launched a new concept, Jake n JOES Sports Grille. Jake n JOES Waltham opened in 2014 and is the best place to watch a game and enjoy quality food.
"Brandeis student-athletes are fantastic role models in our community,” says Chateau President Joe Nocera, “They exemplify the ideals of excellence and commitment both on and off the playing field. The Chateau Waltham and Jake n JOES Waltham are proud to partner with Brandeis Athletics to continue to enhance a positive focus within the Waltham Community."
For more information on Brandeis men’s track and field, visit the team’s web page at www.brandeisjudges.com/sports/mtrack.