Hiltunen wins 200 as indoor track opens season at Emmanuel Invitational

Devin Hiltunen '22 and Leinni Valdez '23 (Photo by Sportspix.com)
Devin Hiltunen '22 and Leinni Valdez '23 (Photo by Sportspix.com)

BOSTON, Mass. – The Brandeis University indoor track and field team opened its 2019-20 season today at the non-scoring Emmanuel College Invitational at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. The Judges were led by sophomore All-American Devin Hiltunen (Quincy, Mass./North Quincy), who picked up one win and another top-five finish.

Hiltunen crossed the line first in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.41 seconds. She won her heat by three-tenths of a second over a foe from RIC and bested a runner from Division I Merrimack by 0.16 seconds from a different heat. In the 400-meter dash, Hiltunen came in fourth overall behind three Division II competitors. Her time of 1:01.76 was a couple of seconds out of first place, but also a second-and-a-half ahead of the next Division III competitor. Rookie Sydney D'Ammadio (Amston, Conn./RHAM) was seventh in the 400 with a time of 1:03.45, third among D3 runners.

Another rookie, Yahni Lapa (West Newton, Mass. / Newton North) took home a win in 500-meter run with a time of 1:23.97, about 0.5 seconds ahead of the runner-up.

Junior Andrea Bolduc (Auburn, Mass./Auburn) had an excellent opening meet in the mile running, winning the race with a time of 5:22.53. Classmate Leinni Valdez (Providence, R.I./Hope) ran her first collegiate mile and placed fourth with a time of 5:33.29.

Rookie Victoria Morrongiello (Staten Island, N.Y. / Susan E. Wagner) took sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:30.41, third among D3 runners, while sophomore Elizabeth Dunphy (Cary, N.C./Cary) was seventh and fourth, respectively, with a time of 2:34.09.

The Judges also had a successful, young 4x400-meter relay finish in second place with a time of 4:08.89, with Lapa, D'Amaddio, Valdez and Hiltunen placing only behind a Division II team from Southern New Hampshire.

In the field events, senior Willa Moen (Ashland, Ore./Ashland) came in third in the pole vault with a height of 2.74 meters (8-11 ¾). She was also ninth in the 60-meter hurdles (9.90 seconds) and 10th in the high jump (1.45m, 4-9).


For the men, senior multi-event athlete Jack Allan (Wrentham, Mass./King Phillip Regional) had a fine all-around performance. He placed second in the 60-meter hurdles, edging the third-place finisher from D2 St. Rose by 0.02 with a time of 8.68 seconds. He was also second in the long jump at 6.55 meters (21-6) and fifth in the high jump (1.85 meters, 6-0 ¾).

The Judges did not have any winners on the men's side, but they had several more top-five finishes in addition to Allan's. Sophomore Dion Morris-Evans (Canal Fulton, Ohio / Northwest) was third in the high jump with a height of 1.95 meters (6-4 ¾). Junior Breylen Ammen (Lincoln, Mass. / Lincoln Sudbury) took third in the pole vault with a height of 4.00 meters (13-1 ½).

On the track, the Judges excelled in the middle distance races. Sophomore Aaron Portman (Wheeling, Ill. / Adlai E. Stevenson) was the runner-up in the 800 with a time of 1:59.95, getting just edged out by 0.12 seconds. Sophomore Jacob Grant (Rockville Center, N.Y. / South Side) was fifth in the 800 in 2:02.39.

In the mile run, a pair of seniors, Alec Rodgers (Wakefield, Mass. / Wakefield Memorial) and Daniel Curley (Norwood, Mass./Norwood) took third and seventh, respectively, with times of 4:37.25 and 4:40.10. Junior Josh Lombardo (Westbrook, Maine/Westbrook) claimed fourth in the 3,000-meter run, just missing breaking nine minutes with a time of 9:00.98.

The men also put together a fine showing in the 4x400 relay, with Portman, sophomore Jamie O'Neill (Auburndale, Mass. / Newton North), rookie Dean Campbell  (Manchester-by-the-Sea, Mass. / Manchester-Essex Regional) and junior Patrick Quinlan (Northampton, Mass./Northampton) coming in third with a time of 3:31.54, trailing only teams from D2 schools.

The Judges return to action next semester when they host the annual Reggie Poyau Memorial Invitational.