Hattan among top-five finishers at Conn. College Silfen Invitational

Natalie Hattan '22 (photo by Cayla Fernandes)
Natalie Hattan '22 (photo by Cayla Fernandes)

NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Brandeis University track and field teams had seven top-10 individual performances and pair of top-three relays this weekend at the Connecticut College Silfen Invitational. The women finished with 25 points to finish in a tie for 12th place, while the men scored 10 points to place 18th overall.

The highest finishes among individuals were a trio of fifth-place finishes. In the 100-meter hurdles, sophomore Alya Campbell (Eastchester, N.Y. / Eastchester) ran 15.75 seconds one-hundredth of a second off the team's fastest time of the season. Senior Sonali Anderson (Fayetteville, Ga. / Whitewater) also scored in the 100 hurdles with a time of 16.06 seconds, good for eighth place.

Another fifth-place finish came from senior Natalie Hattan (Sugar Land, Texas/Clements) ran a personal-best and team best time in the 1,500-meter run, posting a time of 4:45.55, 15 seconds off the lead.

Sophomore Smiley Huynh (Bronx, N.Y. / Bronx H.S. of Science) reached a height of 3.25 meters (10-8) in the pole vault for the second week in a row, 0.10 meters off her personal best, for another fifth-place finish.

The only Judge to score in multiple individual events was sophomore Olivia Zarzycki (Belmont, Mass. / Belmont), who was sixth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:08.03 and eighth in the high jump with a height of 1.47 meters (4 feet, 9 ¾ inches).

On the men's side, senior Dion Morris-Evans (Canal Fulton, Ohio/Northwest) had a pair of top-10 finishes, placing ninth in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 16.24 seconds, setting a new p.r, and 10th in the high jump with a height of 1.80 meters (5-10 ¾), just off his personal best.

Senior Jacob Grant (Rockville Center, N.Y. / South Side) scored an individual point in the 800-meter run with a p.r. time of 1:56.49, which was 11th overall, but behind a handful of exhibition performances.

Finishing in the top 10 as well were sophomore Liz Korn (Piedmont, Calif. / Piedmont) in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:00.96 and first-year Kirsten Man (Kendall Park, N.J. / South Brunswick) was 10th in the high jump at 1.42 meters ().

The Judges' top performance overall was in the men's 4x400-meter relay, where the team of first-year Dean Carey (New York, N.Y. / Stuyvesant), Grant, sophomore Samuel Kim (La Jolla, Calif. / Phillips Exeter, N.H.) and senior Jamie O'Neil (Auburndale, Mass./Newton North) were the runners-up posting a time of 3:24.76, the Judges' fastest of the season. They were 1.73 seconds behind the winners from Trinity and edged Springfield College by one-hundredth of a second.

On the women's side, the 4x400 team of senior Devin Hiltunen (Quincy, Mass./North Quincy), Campbell, first-year Hannah Bohbot-Dridi (Mountain View, Calif. / Los Altos) and Zarzycki took third place with a time of 4:12.87, about two seconds out of second place and one second ahead of fourth.

The Judges are back in action next weekend at the 2022 University Athletic Association Outdoor Championships at Emory University in Atlanta.