Track and field teams place third and sixth at Wheaton to kick off semester

Devin Hiltunen '22 (Photo by Sportspix)
Devin Hiltunen '22 (Photo by Sportspix)

NORTON, Mass. – In their first meet of 2022, the Brandeis track and field teams had several scorers on both sides at the Wheaton College Lyon Invitational this evening, though no first-place finishes. The women came in third of seven teams with 76 points, while the men were sixth with 26 points.

For the women, there were a pair of double scorers and several events with multiple scorers. The top individuals were senior Devin HIltunen (Quincy, Mass./North Quincy) and sophomore Smiley Huynh (Bronx, N.Y. / Bronx H.S. of Science). Hiltunen was runner-up in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.49 seconds, 0.15 seconds out of the top spot. She was also third in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.12 seconds, after running 8.15 in the prelims. Huynh, who just missed the finals of the 60m, earned field points for the Judges with a third-place finish in the long jump (5.06 meters, 16-7 ¼) and a fifth in the pole vault (3.10 meters, 10-2).  

Brandeis had two of the top three runners in the mile for the women, as senior Natalie Hattan (Sugar Land, Texas/Clements) was second in 5:32.06 and sophomore Juliette Intrieri (North Salem, N.Y./North Salem) was in third not far behind in 5:32.49, a personal best. The Judges also had multiple scorers in the 800-meter run, with junior Christina McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I. / Narragansett) coming in third in a p.r. of 2:26.13 and classmate Victoria Morrongiello (Staten Island, N.Y. / Susan E. Wagner) coming fifth in 2:27.07. Sophomore Alya Campbell (Eastchester, N.Y. / Eastchester) place second in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.67 seconds, just off her pace of 9.62 in the prelims. Brandeis had three scorers in the high jump, all first years, as Olivia Zarzycki (Belmont, Mass. / Belmont) was third at 1.46 meters (4-9 ½), besting teammate Kirsten Man (Kendall Park, N.J. / South Brunswick) on number of jumps. Man was fifth, while Emma Keohane () was sixth at 1.41 meters (4-7 ½).

The Judges also took second in the 4x200-meter relay (1:50.93) with the team of sophomore Liz Korn (Piedmont, Calif. / Piedmont), senior Anna Touitou (Pleasantville, NY / Pleasantville), Hiltunen and Campbell; and third in the 4x400-meters (4:18.08) with a team of Morrongiello, Intrieri, Hattan and McPhillips.

On the men's side, the Judges had four scoring performances. Junior Thomas Vandalovsky (Ridgewood, N.J. / Ridgewood) took third place in both the throwing events. He had the second-best throw of his career in the 35-pound weight with a distance of 13.59 meters (44-7) and edged out the fourth place finisher in the shot put by five inches with a heave of 13.06 meters (42-10 ¼). The highest individual placement for the Judges was senior Reese Farquhar (Newton, Mass. / Newton North), who placed second in the 200-meter dash with a time of 23.41 seconds, the second fastest time of his career and 0.01 ahead of the third-place finisher from UMass Dartmouth. The Judges also scored in the 4x400-meter relay as the team of senior Jamie O'Neil (Auburndale, Mass. / Newton North), Farquhar, and sophomores Henry Nguyen (Worcester, Mass. / Worcester Vocational Tech) and Samuel Kim (La Jolla, Calif. / Phillips Exeter (N.H.)) were fourth in 3:37.66.