Warwick, Brown looking good for nationals after Valentine's Invitational

Kate Warwick '12 and Chris Brown '12 (photos by Sportspix/Jan Volk)
Kate Warwick '12 and Chris Brown '12 (photos by Sportspix/Jan Volk)

BOSTON, Mass. – Brandeis seniors Kate Warwick (Boxborough, Mass./Acton-Boxborough) and Chris Brown (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) moved one step closer to a berth at the NCAA Division III Championships later this season with a pair of performances at the 2012 Boston University Valentines Invitational that leave them among the top five in the nation in their respective events.

Warwick had Brandeis's top finish at the meet, placing 10th in the 5,000-meter run.  She was sixth among collegiate runners and second among Division III competitors. Her time of 17:03.44 was 17 seconds faster than her previous season- and lifetime-best in the event. Warwick now owns the fastest time in the UAA this season and the fourth-fastest in all of Division III.

Brown was 21st overall in the mile run with a time of 4:05.98, 13th among collegiate runners and second in Division III. His time was just under two-and-a-half seconds better than his previous lifetime best and ranks him first in the UAA and third in all of Division III this season.

Brandeis's other top performance on the men's side was turned in by sophomore Vincent Asante (Bronx, N.Y./High School for the Arts Imagination and Inquiry), who was 27th overall in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.16 seconds, sixth among Division III runners at the meet. His counterpart in the sprints on the women's side, junior Brittany Bell (Setauket, N.Y./Hotchkiss School), placed 26th in the 60 with a time of 8.05 seconds, fifth best in DIII at the meet. Classmate Kim Farrington (Shirley, Mass./Ayer) was 20th in the triple jump with a distance of 10.60 meters (34 feet, 9 ½ inches), also fifth in DIII.