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Indoor track and field hosts UAA championships

Published: March 12, 2010
Section: Sports


PHOTO BY Andrew Rauner/The Hoot

Brandeis University played host to the 2010 University Athletic Association Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 5 and 6, and the hometown squads finished the week with their heads held high.  The Brandeis men took two UAA titles over the meet, and the women had 15 point-scoring performances in the final tune-up before this weekend’s NCAA Championships.

The women started their success early on Friday, as Lucia Capano ’11 leaped 5.31 meters in the long jump, one of the meet’s opening events.  The distance was good for both a second place finish and an All Associationrecognition, the first of six the team would eventually earn.

Their other All-Association performance of the day came courtesy of distance medley relay team of Beth Pisarik ’10, Anifreed Sinjour ’13, Erin Bisceglia ’12 and Marie Lemay ’11, which also placed second by clocking a time of 12:15.39. Ally Connolly ’10 also scored points for the Judges, finishing sixth in the 5,000-meter run in 17:55.39.

The second day was full of strong individual performances for Brandeis, and no event proved more profitable than the mile run.  Brandeis earned 16 points for that race alone, taking half of the point-scoring spots available. Lemay finished fifth in 5:05.22, Pisarik finished third in 4:59.11, and Grayce Selig ’11 finished second in 4:56.12, less than a second behind the winner.  The athletes set a blindingly fast pace, and the top four finishers all broke the two-year-old UAA record time 5:01.53.  Selig’s time set a new Brandeis record, making it the third time this season she has rewritten that entry in the record book; both she and Pisarik got All-Association awards for their performances.

The other two Brandeis All-UAA honorees were Emily Owen ’11 and, for the second time in the meet, Capano. Owen completed the 800-meter run in 2:17.60, and Capano jumped 10.89 meters in the triple jump; both performances were good for third place finishes.

The Judges had two more events with multiple scoring finishes.  In the high jump, Suzanne Bernier ’10 and Lily Parenteau ’12 each leaped 1.58 meters high; after tie-breakers were applied, Bernier was ranked fourth and Paranteau was ranked fifth. Kate Warwick ’12 and Connolly finished fourth and fifth respectively in the 3000-meter run with times of 10:21.94 and 10:23.68.

A trio of sixth place finishes rounded out the scoring for Brandeis. Sinjour in the 400-meter dash (1:01.79), Lucia Capano in the 55-meter dash (7.57), and the 4×400-meter relay team of Michelle Gellman ’11, Anne Gregory ’13, Sinjour, and Erin Bisceglia (4:10.90) each earned single points for the Judges.

The Brandeis men only had two scoring performances on the first day of competition, but both were among the best athletic accomplishments of the meet.

First, Paul Norton ’11 came in second place in the first men’s track final, the 5,000-meter run.  His time of 14:44.14 was just over a second behind the pace of the conference-record-breaking winner.

Then, Marc Boutin ’12, Brian Foley ’13, Chris Brown ’12 and Devon Holgate ’11 led Brandeis to its first association championship of the year by winning the distance medley relay in a time of 10:08.42.  Both performances earned all-UAA honors.

On Saturday, Paul Norton outdid himself in completing the long-distance double-dip. This time it was 1st place and an association championship after completing the 3,000-meter run in 8:37.28.  He had good company on the podium; Alex Kramer ’13 finished in third with a 8:39.33.  Aaron Udel ‘10 joined them to become the final Brandeis all-Association winner by taking third place in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:56.13.

Three other events on the final day yielded points for the Judges.  As it was with the women, the mile run was particularly profitable.

Devon Holgate took fourth place with a 4:21.83, and Chris Brown added a sixth place finish with 4:23.45.  Brian Foley had the men’s strongest individual sprint finish with his fifth place performance in the 400-meter dash (50.80).  Finally, the 4×400-meter relay team of Mingkai Lin ’12, Ned Crowley ‘10, Josh Hoffman-Senn ‘13 and Foley polished off the meet by running 3:28.18 to take fifth.

Overall, the women’s team finished in the middle of the UAA pack, claiming a total of 60 points for fourth place in the seven team competition.

The men did slightly worse, finishing in fifth with 49 points.  The only event left in the indoor season is the Division III National NCAA Championships; those runners who qualified will be competing today and tomorrow at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana.