Morris-Evans earns All-UAA honors in high jump

Dion Morris-Evans completing his high jump
Dion Morris-Evans '23 (Photo by Cayla Fernandes)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The Brandeis University track and field teams had three All-University Athletic Association performances, including a conference title in the 5,000-meter run from senior Erin Magill (Moretown, Vt./Harwood Union), at the UAA Outdoor Championships at Washington University. The women finished with 51.5 points in sixth place, while the men totaled 25 points and finished seventh.

Magill's title in the 5,000-meters was her second UAA crown of 2022. She also won the event during the indoor championships. Her time of 15:56.56 was about a second-and-a-half ahead of runner-up Emma Walter. Magill was 0.04 seconds ahead of her best time of the season, and she is currently ranked 15th  in Division III this season. Magill is the Judges' second-straight UAA champion in the 5K, with Emily Bryson '19 having won the title in 2019, the last time the meet was held.

One other individual earned All-UAA honors on the day, men's senior Dion Morris-Evans (Canal Fulton, Ohio/Northwest), who placed third in the high jump with a height of 1.90 meter (6 feet, 2 ¾ inches), a p.r. that was tied for the second-best performance but third on number of attempts. Morris-Evans also just missed All-Association honors in the 110-meter hurdles, running 15.44 seconds, which was good for fourth place, 0.16 out of the top three. Morris-Evans was seeded sixth in the finals.

One relay also placed in the top three, the women's 4x100-meters. The quartet of junior Anna Touitou (Pleasantville, N.Y. / Pleasantville), sophomore Alya Campbell (Eastchester, N.Y. / Eastchester), sophomore Liz Korn (Piedmont, Calif. / Piedmont) and senior Devin Hiltunen (Quincy, Mass./North Quincy) placed third with a season-best time of 49.37 seconds.

The Judges had a host of additional scoring performances. Sophomore Olivia Zarzycki (Belmont, Mass. / Belmont) just missed a top-three finish, coming in fourth in the 400-meter hurdles for the women. Her p.r. time of 1:05.43 was 0.42 seconds out of All-UAA status. Zarzycki is now ranked 43rd in Division III. Junior Yahni Lapa (West Newton, Mass. / Newton North) was seventh in the 400 hurdles in 1:06.57.

Campbell, who was part of the All-UAA 4x100, was seventh in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.58 seconds. Her prelim and school-record time of 15.02 seconds is ranked 47th in Division III this season. Senior Natalie Hattan (Sugar Land, Texas/Clements) earned a point in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:44.44, a p.r. by more than a second.

In field events, the women had two scorers in the high jump. Zarzycki was seventh with a height of 1.48 meters (4 feet, 10 ¼ inches), a centimeter over her collegiate best, while first-year Kirsten Man (Kendall Park, N.J. / South Brunswick) tied for eighth with a height of 1.43 meters (4 feet, 8 ¼ inches), also a collegiate best.

On the men's side, in addition to Morris-Evans, the Judges got an individual scoring performance in the discus throw from junior Zachary Reynolds (Cherry Valley, Mass. / Leicester). Reynolds placed fifth in the event with a p.r. of 39.98 meter (131 feet, 2 inches) on his second throw of the day.

In relays, in addition to the women's 4x100 that placed third, the 4x400-meter relay of Korn, Lapa, Campbell and Zarzycki were edged out for All-Association honors by just three-hundredths of a second with a time of 4:02.66. The team was 10 seconds faster than their seed time and just about a second ahead of fifth-place Chicago. On the men's side, the 4x100-meter team of first-years Danny Krigman (Chelmsford, Mass. / Chelmsford) and Dean Carey (New York, N.Y. / Stuyvesant), junior Dean Campbell (Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. / Manchester-Essex Regional) and sophomore Parker Jones (Westbury, N.Y. / Packer Collegiate Institute) came in fifth place with a time of 43.16 seconds, edging Case Western Reserve by one-hundredth of a second. The 4x400-meter relay team of Carey, senior Jacob Grant (Rockville Center, N.Y. / South Side), sophomore Samuel Kim (La Jolla, Calif. / Phillips Exeter (N.H.)) and senior Jamie O'Neil (Auburndale, Mass./Newton North) were sixth with a time of 3:23.55, about three-quarters of a second faster than their previous season-best.

The Judges will be in action next weekend at the Brown University Springtime Invitational.