Kramer wins 1,500m claim second UAA title of 2013

Kramer wins 1,500m claim second UAA title of 2013
Alex Kramer '13 (right) and Mik Kern '13 (photo by Sportspix)

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Brandeis University senior Alex Kramer (No. Andover, Mass./No. Andover) won his second University Athletic Association (UAA) title of 2013 today as he captured the 1,500-meter run at the Outdoor Track and Field championships hosted by NYU at Icahn Stadium in New York. Both the Brandeis men and women finished in seventh place as a team at the UAA championships.

Kramer, who won the mile run during the indoor season, captured the "metric mile" with a winning time of 3:56.34 seconds, just over a second faster than runner-up Stephen Ellwood of Emory. His time was about four seconds off his season- and lifetime best, set the previous week at Princeton University, and is currently ranked 13th in Division III. The Judges just missed a second All-UAA performance in the 1,500, as senior Mik Kern (Groton, N.Y./Groton) was fourth with a time of 3:57.74, a season-best in the event. Kern was 0.15 seconds out of third place and his second individual All-UAA honor of 2013.

The Judges also had three second-place finishes to claim All-Association honors. Junior Vincent Asante (Bronx, N.Y./High School for the Arts, Imagination and Inquiry) just missed his fourth career UAA title, placing second in the 100-meter dash. After running a time of 11.01 seconds in the prelims for the fourth-fastest time, he posted the same time in the finals, this time edging two competitors from Washington University by two- and three-hundredths of a second to claim runner-up status. Asante has won two 55-meter dash titles indoors – as a freshman and junior - and a 100 honor outdoors as a rookie.

Junior Amelia Lundkvist (So. Portland, Maine/Cheverus) turned in the best performance for the Brandeis women, coming in second in the 1,500-meter run. Her time of 4:37.87 was two seconds out of the championship but more than half a second ahead of third place. It was the 29th-fastest time in Division III this year, with Emily Cousens of NYU turning the 19th-fastest time to win.

The Judges' final All-Association performance came in the men's 4x800-meter relay. Kern and Kramer ran the opening and third legs, respectively, and were joined by sophomore Michael Rosenbach (Tampa, Fla./Berkeley Prep) and rookie Grady Ward (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) as they finished with a time of 7:48.47, about 2.5 seconds out of the top spot on the podium. Both Kern and Kramer earned their second relay All-UAA honor, having placed third in the distance medley indoors.

Brandeis's other top scorers were a pair of fifth-place performances. Junior Ed Colvin (Roslindale, Mass./Catholic Memorial School) came in fifth in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:53.14, while rookie Adam Berger (Concord, N.H./Concord) was fifth in the triple jump with a distance of 12.89 meters (42 feet, 3.5 inches).

The Brandeis women had two sixth-place finishes in senior Kim Farrington (Shirley, Mass./Ayer) in the triple jump with a distance of 10.75 meters (35 feet, 3.25 inches) and sophomore Alyssa Fenenbock (Upper Saddle River, N.J./Northern Highlands Regional) in the javelin throw with a heave of 30.49 meters (100 feet even).

Rounding out the scorers for the Judges were senior Casey McGown (Clinton, Mass./Clinton), who was seventh in the women's 200-meter dash with a time of 1:00.95; junior Victoria Sanford (Lagrangeville, N.Y./Arlington) who was eighth in the 1,500-meters in 4:44.86; and the men's javelin duo of sophomores Jonathan Gilman (Yardley, Pa./George School) and Jacob Wilhoite (Santa Barbara, Calif./Santa Barbara), who were seventh and eighth, respectively with throws of 47.97 and 47.16 meters (157-4 and 154-8).

Brandeis is back in action next weekend at the New England Division III championships at Colby College.