UAA Track and Field Championships Day 1 Recap

Mark Franklin '17 (photo by Sportspix, taken at Tufts earlier this season)
Mark Franklin '17 (photo by Sportspix, taken at Tufts earlier this season)

WALTHAM, Mass. — The Brandeis University track and field team got three scoring performances on the first day of action at the 2014 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championships in the Gosman Athletic Center.

      The Judges' top performance came from the women's distance medley relay in the next-to-last event of the day. Brandeis, which had won the event in 2013, came in second in an extremely competitive race. The Judges were in the lead or in second the entire way, eventually finishing with a time of 12:16.36, 1.21 seconds behind NYU. The squad, which earned Brandeis's only All-Association performance of the meet, consisted of sophomore Kelsey Whitaker (Kingston, Mass./Notre Dame Acad.); senior Amelia Lundkvist (So. Portland, Maine/Cheverus); junior Kristi Pisarik (Chelmsford, Mass./Chelmsford) and senior Victoria Sanford (LaGrangeville, N.Y./Arlington).

      On the men's side, Brandeis had two scoring events on Day 1. The men's distance medley relay of rookie Matt Doran (Hopedale, Mass./Hopedale); sophomore Trevor Tuplin (Weymouth, Mass./Weymouth); sophomore Matt Becker (Mendon, Mass./Nipmuc Regional) and sophomore Grady Ward (Essex Junction, Vt./Essex) came in fifth with a time of 10:33.76, just under three seconds ahead of the team from Emory. The Judges also got one individual point on the day, as rookie Mark Franklin (Auburn, N.H./Pinkerton Acad.) placed sixth in the high jump with a lifetime best of 1.84 meters.

      In the day's preliminaries, Brandeis senior Vincent Asante (Bronx, N.Y./High School for Arts, Imagination and Inquiry) had the team's top performance, qualifying for the finals in the 55-meter dash with a time of 6.58 seconds. The was the second-fastest time of the prelims.

      One meet record was set during the day, as Case Western Reserve University senior Harry Weintraub won the 35-pound weight throw with a heave of 18.72 meters, smashing the previous mark set in 1988 by nearly one full meter on his final throw. It was the oldest standing record in the UAA meet.

      Washington University led both the women's and men's meets with an identical 46 points at the end of Day 1. Chicago was second for the women with 39 points, while Carnegie Mellon was second for the men with 41.