McCaleb leads Judges at Tufts Snowflake Classic with personal record in 5000m

MEDFORD, Mass. – Rookie Lydia McCaleb (Evanston, Ill. / Evanston Township) led Brandeis and took first place in the 5000-meter with a personal best time of 18:45.63 outdoors at the Tufts Snowflake Classic on Saturday.

McCaleb led a strong showing for the Brandeis women Saturday. Her time is a personal record and a school record for this year.

The Judges had a number of other top-10 finishes Saturday.

In the 200-meter, rookie and dual athlete Haliana Burhans (Charlotte, Vt. / Champlain Valley Union) crossed in 27.00 seconds, just 0.24 seconds behind the first place finisher from the home school, Tufts. Junior Tove Freeman (Oakham, Mass. / Quabbin Regional) finished eighth with a time of 28.12. Freeman also finished eighth in the 400m at 1:03.53.

Senior Kristi Pisarik (Chelmsford, Mass. / Chelmsford) finished second in the 1500m with a time of 4:54.05.

Rookie Kyra Shreeve (Northborough, Mass. / Algonquin Reg.) finished third overall in the 800m with a time of 2:31.70 followed by junior Maggie Hensel (Niskayuna, N.Y. / Niskayuna) in fourth at 2:33.12.

In other events, Senior Alyssa Fennenbock (Upper Saddle River, N.J. / Northern Highlands Regional) notched a javelin toss of slightly less than 94.4 feet, finishing eighth. Rookie Beth Deffossez (Boxford, Mass. / Masconomet Reg.) recorded a personal best clearing of the pole vault of 7 feet 6 ½ inches.

The 4x400 women's relay team of Freeman, Hensel, sophomore Ashley Hebard (Pasadena, Calif. / Westridge) and Burhans ran with a time of 4:21.29, crossing second.

On the men's side, rookie Daniel Shin set a personal record of 1:02.41 in a top-10 finish in the 400m hurdles Saturday.

In other events, Senior Jonathan Gilman (Yardley, Penn. / George School) finished fifth in the javelin throw, with a distance of just over 154 feet. Junior Grady Ward (Essex Junction, Vt. / Essex) followed a strong performance last weekend with a sixth place finish in the 800-meter run, finishing in 2:04.03.

Rookie Ryan Stender (Amherst, Mass. / Amherst) came in 10th with a time of 4:08.92 in the 1500m. This was just four seconds behind the third place finisher. Junior Adam Beckwith (Mendon, Mass. / Nipmuc Regional) ran the 200m in 24.23 seconds, also good for 10th place.

The Judges return to action this weekend over Spring break at the Amherst Invitational on Saturday.