January 24, 2009

Men's track places sixth at 2009 Reggie Poyau Memorial

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Sophomore Sam Donovan (Newton, Mass./Newton South) was part of a pair of winning races today, one solo and one relay, guiding the Brandeis University men's track and field team to sixth place out of 10 teams at the 2009 Reggie Poyau Memorial Invitational at the Gosman Athletic Center today.

Donovan won the mile run by edging out senior teammate Matt Jennings (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury). Donovan's time of 4:22.56 was just seven-hundredths of a second ahead of Jennings. The two then teamed up to lead Brandeis to a seven-second win in the 4x800-meter relay. Along with senior Mike Stone (E. Falmouth, Mass./Falmouth) and rookie Marc Boutin (Westford, MA/Westford Acad.), Donovan and Jennings - on the anchor leg - ran a time of 8:078.78.

Other top performances for the Judges came in the 1000-meter run, where Boutin placed second with a time of 2:36.31, and in the 55-meter hurdles, where rookie Myles Tyrer-Vassell (E. Bridgewater, Mass./Bridgewater) was runner-up with a time of 8.04 seconds. Senior Pat Gregoire (Silver Spring, Md./Northfield Mt. Hermon) was third in the 55 dash, putting in a time of 6.78 seconds in the finals after running the fastest time in the prelims at 6.74 seconds.

The Reggie Poyau Memorial Invitational is named after former Brandeis track standout Reggie Poyau '04 who drowned off the coast of Senegal while studying abroad during his junior year.