Ammen wins UAA pole vault title, men finish fourth in standings

Breylen Ammen '21 won the UAA indoor pole vault title (Photo courtesy NYU Sports Information)
Breylen Ammen '21 won the UAA indoor pole vault title (Photo courtesy NYU Sports Information)

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Brandeis University junior Breylen Ammen (Lincoln, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) became the Judges' first-ever University Athletic Association pole vault champion today on the final day of action at the UAA Indoor Track and Field championships at the Armory in New York City hosted by NYU. With three other All-UAA performances and eight different individuals scoring points, the Judges finished in fourth place at the UAA Championships for the second year in a row with 60 points, their highest total since 2006. Brandeis edged out NYU, who finished with 59 points, and Case Western Reserve, who had 58.


In addition to Ammen, the Judges had three third-place finishes to claim All-Association honors. Two came from senior Churchill Perry (Pembroke Pines, Fla./Westminster School). Perry, who was the UAA triple jump champion as a sophomore and finished in second as a rookie, completed his medal set in the event with a leap of 13.72 meters (45 feet, ¼ inch). He also added a second bronze in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.33 seconds, just 0.06 out of second and 0.28 behind the winner.

Senior Jack Allan (Wrentham, Mass./King Philip Regional), who was third in the long jump on the first day of action to earn All-Association honors, scored points for the Judges in three other events. He was fifth in the 60-meter high hurdles in 8.49 seconds and in the pole vault with a height of 4.13 meters (13 feet, 6 ½ inches), and placed eighth in the high jump at 1.80 meters (5 feet, 10 ¾ inches).

There were three different events in which the Judges had multiple scorers. In the pole vault, in addition to Ammen and Allan, senior Aaron Corin (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) placed fourth with a height of 4.33 meters (14 feet, 2 ½ inches). In the 60-meter hurdles, in addition to Allan in fifth place, junior Aaron Baublis (Westborough, Mass./Westborough) was seventh in 8.69 seconds and sophomore Dion Morris-Evans (Canal Fulton, Ohio/Northwest) was eighth in 8.75 seconds. Morris-Evans and Allan also both scored in the high jump, coming in seventh and eighth, respectively, at 1.85 meters (6 feet, ¾ inch) and 1.80 meters (5 feet, 10 ¾ inches).

Two other individuals who reached the top eight were rookie Thomas Vandalovsky (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood), who placed fourth in the shot put with a heave of 13.91 meters (45 feet, 7 ¾ inches), and senior Lorenzo Maddox (Atlanta, Ga./Maynard Jackson), who pulled up with an injury and finished eighth in the 60-meter dash. Maddox had been seeded fourth with a p.r. in the prelims with a time of 7.07 seconds.

The Judges closed out the meet with a fourth-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay, as the team of Perry, sophomore Jamie O'Neill (Auburndale, Mass./Newton North), sophomore Aaron Portman (Wheeling, Ill./Adlai E. Stevenson) and Morris-Evans ran a time of 3:22.94, just half a second out of the top three and All-UAA honors.

The Judges will compete at the Tufts Last Chance Meet next weekend in an effort to reach the NCAA Championships. Allan is currently ranked 14th in Division III in the heptathlon.