2020-21 season winds down for track at Tufts Invitational

Ianna Gilbert passes the baton to Alya Campbell
Alya Campbell '24 (left) receives the handoff from Ianna Gilbert '24 (Photo by Sportspix.com)

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Brandeis Outdoor Track and Field teams had one of the final regular-season competitions for the Judges today, sending a squad to Tufts for the Tufts Invitational. The event was a non-scoring affair, but Brandeis competitors set several personal bests.

On the women's side, senior Andrea Bolduc (Auburn, Mass./Auburn) placed fifth in the 1,500-meter run with a p.r. of 4:44.37, which puts her just outside of the top 50 in Division III. It was her first time under 4:45, besting her previous mark set at 2019 UAAs.

Rookie Alya Campbell (Eastchester, N.Y./Eastchester) just missed a personal best in the 100-meter hurdles, running 15.48 seconds, 0.04 off her best. Campbell finished in second place, just ahead of junior teammate Sonali Anderson (Fayetteville, Ga./Whitewater), who ran 15.60 seconds. Senior Lydia Harris (Damariscotta, Maine / Lincoln Academy) also ran a p.r. in her final meet with a time of 16.74 seconds, breaking 17 for the first time. Harris also finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:09.08.

Junior Devin Hiltunen (Quincy, Mass./North Quincy) ran well in a pair of sprints, placing fourth in the prelims of the 100-meters with a time of 12.52 seconds, though she did not compete in the finals. It was her first time running the 100 as an individual. In the 200-meters, Hiltunen placed fifth in 25.98 seconds. She also anchored the team's season-best showing in the 4x400-meter relay with a time of 4:09.93. Harris ran the lead leg, along with rookie Ianna Gilbert (Queens, N.Y. / Young Women's Leadership School of Queens) and Campbell.

For the men, junior Jacob Grant (Rockville Center, N.Y. / South Side) led the way with a third-place finish in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.48, more than a full second faster than his previous lifetime best. Senior Josh Lombardo (Westbrook, Maine/Westbrook) finished 13th in the 1,500-meter run with his all-time best of 4:05.29, shaving more than a second-and-a-half off his previous best set at the 2019 UAA Championships. Rookie Walter Tebbetts (Amherst, Mass. / Amherst-Pelham Regional) also set a p.r. in the 1,500, lowering his best by nearly four seconds to 4:09.85.

Senior Aaron Baublis (Westborough, Mass./Westborough) broke 16 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles for the first time with a mark of 15.92, good for fourth place. Graduate student Jack Allan (Wrentham, Mass./King Phillip Regional) had the top individual finish for the Judges, placing second in the long jump with a distance of 6.77 meters (22-2 ½), about five inches out of first place. Allan also placed fifth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.73 seconds.


The Judges are scheduled to conclude the regular season on May 20 back at Tufts for the Last Chance Meet.