BOSTON, Mass. – Elite performances, as well as seasonal and personal best, were the name of the game at the 2018 David Hemery Valentine Invitation hosted by Boston University. The women's track and field team was up first in the two-day meet and they certainly did not disappoint.
The performance of the meet came from the always-impressive Emily Bryson (Quincy, Mass./North Quincy). Bryson, a junior, already held the nation's top time in the mile with her 4:51.36 time from earlier this season but after today that run is just an afterthought. Bryson's time of 4:46.63 is the sixth-best time in Division III history placing her in an elite group of women whose accolades include many NCAA titles. The performance also solidifies Bryson as a strong contender for the NCAA mile championship on March 9th in Birmingham, Alabama.
Senior Jordin Carter (Fort Wayne, Ind./ R. Nelson Snyder) began the season with a weight throw personal best of 13.86m and after opening up with a 12.38m throw in early December has continued to throw progressively farther at each meet. This progression culminated today in setting a new school record for the third meet in a row, with a massive heave of 15.00m (49-2.5 inches), an improvement of nine centimeters over her previous record.
Other impressive performances included the women's middle distance runners who started the day off with two solid performances in the 800-meter run. Senior Kyra Shreeve (Northborough, Mass./ Algonquin Reg.) recorded a three-second personal best to finish 3rd in her heat with a time of 2:21.68. Junior Doyin Ogundiran (Dix Hills, N.Y./ Half Hollow Hills East) also competed finishing 8th in her section with a time of 2:24.42.
In the women's 60-meter dash junior Kanya Brown (Amherst, Mass./ Amherst Regional) recorded her second best time of the season stopping the clock to finish in 8.25 seconds and a win in her section. Freshman Jordan Brill-Cass (Mansfield, Mass./ Mansfield) also won her section, finishing with a time of 8.64 seconds.
Brown and Brill-Cass also returned to the track a bit later to compete in the 200-meter dash, with both finishing with season bests. Brown recorded a time of 27.44 seconds, almost a half second improvement on her previous season best. Brill-Cass came home with a time of 27.80 seconds, a collegiate-best by 0.09 seconds.
In the 1000-meter run, junior Meaghan Barry (Marlborough, Mass./ Worcester Acad.) made her collegiate debut at the event in style running 3:05.70 to qualify for the Division III New England Championships for the first time.
In the mile run, junior Julia Bryson (Quincy, Mass./North Quincy) recorded a nearly six-second personal best to run 5:02.28, a time that currently sits her at 16th in the nation. Not to be outdone freshman Andrea Bolduc (Auburn, Mass./ Auburn) also had a great run, running the second-fastest time of her career in 5:25.62.
The day ended with the 3000 meters where sophomore Danielle Bertaux (Prides Crossing, Mass./ Beverly) put together a huge personal best, running 10:29.41 for a 17-second improvement on her previous best time and a second-place finish in her heat.
Up next for the Judges is the championships portion of the season, with the Division III New England Championships taking place at Middlebury on the 16th and 17th.
- by Eli Waxler '19