Colvin, Kramer pick up wins at Tufts in first outdoor meet of season

Colvin, Kramer pick up wins at Tufts in first outdoor meet of season
Ed Colvin '14 (photo by Sportspix)

MEDFORD, Mass. -- The Brandeis track and field teams had two winners and a host of other scoring performances, including five top-50 marks in Division III as they opened the 2013 outdoor season at the Tufts University Snowflake Classic on March 30.

On the men's and women's side, the Judges had a combined four runners score points. For the men, senior Alex Kramer (No. Andover, Mass./No. Andover) picked up where he left off in the winter season by capturing the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:59.33, nearly a second ahead of the runner-up. Kramer's time is ranked 19th in Division III this season. Classmate Mik Kern (Groton, N.Y./Groton) was third in the event, two seconds behind Kramer with a time of 4:01.34. That time was just off Kern's lifetime best for the 1,500 meters and is ranked 41st in Division III.

The women had a pair of juniors in the top eight in the 1,500 meter race. Amelia Lundkvist (So. Portland, Maine/Cheverus) and Vicki Sanford (LaGrangeville, N.Y./Arlington) finished in seventh and eighth place, respectively, with times of 4:47.22 and 4:47.80. They are currently ranked 36th and 37th in Division III. Sanford's time was a personal best by three seconds. 

Brandeis's other winner on the afternoon was junior Ed Colvin (Roslindale, Mass./Catholic Memorial School), who captured the 5,000-meter race with a time of 15:08.00. He finished exactly half a second ahead of the runner-up from Amherst College and is now ranked 28th nationally. Sophomore Jarrett Harrigan (Ipswich, Mass. / St. Johns Prep) also scored in the 5K, coming in seventh with a time of 15:22.80. 

Brandeis had one other top-three finish on the afternoon, as junior Vincent Asante (Bronx, N.Y./High School for the Arts Imagination and Inquiry) placed third in the 100-meter dash. Asante turned in the sixth-fastest time in preliminaries, winning his heat with a mark of 11.34 seconds. In the finals, he ran 11.33 seconds, edging the fourth- and fifth-place finishers by 0.01 and 0.03 seconds. Rookie Adam Berger (Concord, N.H. / Concord) rounded out the scorers on the men's side with a sixth-place finish in the triple jump with a distance of 42 feet, 1 1/4 inches (12.83 meters). 

In addition to Lundkvist and Sanford, the Judges' only other scoring performance on the women's side came from senior Kim Farrington (Shirley, Mass./Ayer) in the triple jump. Farrington came in seventh - fourth among DIII competitors - with a distance of 34 feet, 4 inches (10.46 meters). Farrington actually tied with another competitor, but earned seventh place based on her second-best jump, which also exceeded 10 meters. 

Brandeis returns to action next weekend at UMass Lowell's George Davis Invitational.