Judges take individual, relay team honors at NCAA indoor track championships

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Judges take individual, relay team honors at NCAA indoor track championshipsEmily Bryson ’19 nails a national championship in the 3,000 metersPhoto: Adam Levin ’94Members of Brandeis’ 2018 indoor track team, l to r: Leini Valdez ’21, relay team alternate; Lisbeth Valdez ’21, relay team member; Irie Gourde ’17, Brande’s first male All American since 2012; Emily Bryson ’19, 3000 meter national champion; Julia Bryson ’19, relay team member; Doyin Ogundiran ’19, relay team member.By Adam Levin ’94March 12, 2018It was a spectacular weekend for Brandeis Track and Field at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in Birmingham, Alabama, on March 9 and 10. The Judges sent six student-athletes to compete at the national meet, and they came home with six All-America trophies.Photos of all the action can be found here.The highlight of the meet for Brandeis came in the next-to-last race of the weekend on Saturday evening. Junior Emily Bryson of Quincy, Massachusetts, had earned the 17th and final spot in the 3,000-meter run. She made the most of the chance by using a burst of speed on the last two laps, covering the final 200 meters in 30.67 seconds, by far the fastest lap of the race. Bryson pulled away from the pack to win the race with a school-record time of 9:33.99, the ninth-fastest time in Division III history.”I felt so good headed into the final 400 meters,” Bryson said. “I didn’t want to go too early, knowing how many other great runners there were in the race, but [head coach] Sinead [Evans] talked to me before the race about being patient. I was ready to go on those last two laps.”Bryson is Brandeis women’s track and field’s first individual national champion since 1997, when Victoria Petrillo ’99 won the 800-meters, and the first by any Judge since Geoff Getz ’99 in 1999. She is Brandeis’s first 3,000-meter All-American since 1993, when Theresa Patten ’94 …

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