Bryson (1,500m), Anderson (100 hurdles) set school records

WALTHAM, Mass. – A pair of track and field school records fell yesterday for the Brandeis University women's team as the Judges split competing at Princeton University and MIT.

Senior Emily Bryson (Quincy, Mass./North Quincy) added her name to the honor roll once again, this time in the 1,500-meter run. Competing at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational, Bryson lowered the school record, previously held by Grayce Selig '11, by more than five seconds to 4:23.02. She finished 10th in a race consisting mostly of Division I and non-collegiate runners. Bryson's time was just outside the all-time Division III top 10, and her time is four seconds clear of the second-place time in Division III this season. Rookie Jac Guerra (Guilford, Conn./Guilford) also ran at Princeton, placing 15th in the unseeded 1,500 with a time of 4:49.23.

The Judges' other school record fell at MIT's Sean Collier Invitational. For the third meet in a row, rookie Sonali Anderson (Fayetteville, Ga./Whitewater) lowered the school record in the 100-meter hurdles, this time shaving 0.17 seconds off her mark to 15.53 seconds. She finished third in the race behind a pair of Division I runners from Boston University. Anderson also placed seventh in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:10.94.

Brandeis also had a fine showing in the 1,500 at MIT, as sophomore Andrea Bolduc (Auburn, Mass./Auburn) won the event with a time of 4:54.91 and senior Meaghan Barry (Marlborough, Mass. / Worcester Acad.) placed fourth in 5:07.67.

Rookie Devin Hiltunen (Quincy, Mass./North Quincy) posted a pair of top-10 performances, finishing ninth in the 100 meters (13.00 seconds) and 10th in the 200 (26.78 seconds). The Judges' 800-meter squad all finished in the top five, with sophomore Lisbeth Valdez (Providence, R.I./Hope) and twin sister Leinni Valdez (Providence, R.I./Hope) coming third and fourth in 2:23.91 and 2:24.89 and senior Maya Bliss (Williamburg, Mass./Amherst Regional) taking fifth in 2:25.65.

On the men's side, the Judges got a win in the 100-meter dash from junior Lorenzo Maddox (Atlanta, Ga. / Maynard Jackson), who edged his runner-up, 11.04 to 11.10. Sophomore Michael Kroker (Aumsville, Ore. / Cascade) and junior Jacob Ward (Weston, Fla. / Cypress Bay) were fifth and sixth in the race with times of 11.39 and 11.47.

Junior Jack Allan (Wrentham, Mass./King Phillip Regional) turned in a runner-up performance in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.80 seconds, behind only a runner from BU. Rookie Dion Morris-Evans (Canal Fulton, Ohio / Northwest) was third with a personal-best 15.97 seconds and sophomore Aaron Baublis (Westborough, Mass. / Westborough) was fifth in 16.74 seconds.

Sophomore Josh Lombardo (Westbrook, Maine / Westbrook) represented the men well in the 1,500 with a fifth-place finish, posting a time of 4:07.88.

In the field events, senior Scott Grote (Greenfield, Mass./Greenfield) took home victory in the discus throw with a personal-best heave of 49.17 meters (161-4). Sophomore Breylen Ammen (Lincoln, Mass. / Lincoln Sudbury) tied his personal record in the pole vault with a height of 4.55 meters (14-11). Kroker turned in a fifth-place performance in the javelin with a throw of 46.12 meters (151-4) on his final toss, also establishing a PR.