ATLANTA, Ga. – Brandeis University senior Emily Bryson (Quincy, Mass./North Quincy) capped her illustrious University Athletic Association career with her 11th and 12th conference championships today at the UAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Emory University.
Bryson started off by winning the event in which she was the defending champion and entered with the fastest time in Division III this season, the 1,500-meter run. She did not disappoint in the first individual race of the day, winning by nearly four seconds with a time of 4:37.94. Brandeis also got scoring performances in the race from Emily's twin sister Julia Bryson (Quincy, Mass./North Quincy), who was sixth in 4:44.01, and sophomore Andrea Bolduc (Auburn, Mass./Auburn), who was eighth in 4:45.57.
Bryson came back in the final individual race of the meet, the 5,000-meter run, and dominated the field. Bryson's season-best time of 17:35.61 was nearly 25 seconds faster than runner-up Paige Lawler of Washington University. Lawler was the defending champ and UAA record holder in the race. Of Bryson's 12 UAA championships, they have come in seven different events. She had won the 5K previously as a rookie, while this was her third win at 1,500 meters.
Though Bryson was the only winner on the second day of competition at the UAAs for Brandeis, they did have a host of additional All-Association and scoring performances of note.
There was one other runner to score in multiple individual events today, senior Regan Charie (Topsfield, Mass./Masconomet Regional) in the men's sprints. Charie earned All-Association honors for the second time in his career in the outdoor 100-meter dash, placing third with a time of 11.10 seconds, just edging out a runner from host Emory for the podium. Charie also finished sixth in the 200-meter dash with a mark of 22.99 seconds. He earned a second All-Association honor by anchoring the third-place 4x100-meter relay. Ranked seventh entering the meet, the squad of junior Churchill Perry (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Westminster Academy), senior Michael Kroker (Aumsville, Ore. / Cascade), sophomore Jacob Ward (Weston, Fla. / Cypress Bay) and Charie finished third with a time of 42.89 seconds, about quarter of a second ahead of the University of Chicago.
The final All-Association performance on the track came from senior Doyin Ogundiran (Dix Hills, N.Y./Half Hollow Hills East), who earned her first individual outdoor honor with a second-place finish in the 800-meter run. Her time of 2:13.20 was the 11th fastest in Division III this season.
The Brandeis men earned All-UAA honors in three of the day's four field events, with two second-place finishes and one third. Senior Scott Grote (Greenfield, Mass./Greenfield) won his second career outdoor All-Association honor and fourth overall by placing second in the discus throw. His personal best heave of 49.65 meters was enough to break the UAA meet record, but it was also surpassed on the day by a thrower from Carnegie Mellon. It's also ranked 12th in Division III this season, which, if it remains among the top 20, would earn Grote his first berth at the NCAA Championships. Grote scored for the Judges yesterday in both the hammer and shot put.
Also earning runner-up status was Churchill Perry in the triple jump. Perry was one of only two competitors to break 14 meters on the day, leaping 14.06 and falling shy of the top spot by just about a quarter of a meter. It was enough to get him into 33rd place on the NCAA leaderboard.
The final All-Association performance of the day came in the javelin throw, where sophomore Breylen Ammen (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) was third with a toss of 51.11 meters. He got into the top three on his next-to-last throw.
The other scoring performances for the Judges on the day
- Rookie Dion Morris-Evans (Canal Fulton, Ohio/Northwest), 5th place, 110-meter hurdles, 15.29 seconds
- Rookie Sonali Anderson (Fayetteville, Ga./Whitewater), 6th place, 100-meter hurdles, 15.31 seconds
- Senior Michael Kroker, 6th place, javelin, 46.96 meters
- Sophomore Leinni Valdez (Providence, R.I./Hope), 7th place, 800-meter dash, 2:21.50
- Junior Lorenzo Maddox (Atlanta, Ga./Maynard Jackson), 7th place, 100-meter dash, 18.42 seconds – crossed the finish line with an injury
- Junior Jack Allan (Wrentham, Mass./King Phillip Regional), 8th place, high jump, 1.84 meters
- Women's 4x400-meter relay, 5th place, 4:01.99
- Men's 4x400-meter relay, 7th place, 3:21.51
Overall, both teams finished in sixth place in the team standings. The men finished with 71 points, four ahead of Emory and just two points behind NYU for fifth and six behind fourth place Chicago. The women tallied 59 points to place ahead of NYU by 38 points and 26 behind Carnegie Mellon. This marks the first time since 2001 and 2002 that both teams place sixth or better at the UAA Outdoor Championships in back-to-back years.
Brandeis is at the New England Division III Championships next weekend at Williams College.