From Brandeis University Athletics
The Brandeis University men's track and field team had three runner-up performances as it hosted the second day of action at the 2017 University Athletic Association Indoor championships.
GOURDE EARNS TWO SPRINT SILVER MEDALS, CHARIE TAKES BRONZE
- Men's junior Irie Gourde (Portland, Ore./York School, Toronto) earned two second-place finishes.
- He entered the meet ranked first in the 200, but was third after the preliminaries. In the finals, Gourde edged teammate Regan Charie (Topsfield, Mass. / Masconomet Reg.) at the tape, 22.68 seconds to 22.70.
- Chicago's Nate Downey won the second heat in 22.62 to take the crown, though Charie also earned All-Association honors by finishing third.
- In the 400-meter dash, Gourde also was top-seeded heading into the meet but fourth after the prelims.
- He again won his finals heat in a blazing personal-best time of 49.21 seconds, though Case Western Reserve's Nathan Wahner's time of 48.89 in the second heat earned the title.
- Gourde improved his standing in Division III to 16th place, putting him one place out of a guaranteed spot at the NCAA Championships.
PERRY CLAIMS SECOND IN TRIPLE JUMP
- The Judges' final second-place finisher was rookie Churchill Perry (Pembroke Pines, Fla. / Westminster Academy) in the triple jump.
- Perry vaulted into the second-place slot on his fifth jump of 13.25 meters, then went even further on his final attempt, reaching 13.48 meters (44 feet, 2 ¾ inches).
- It marks the third time in four years Brandeis had a top-two finish in the triple jump.
KEY MEN'S 1600-METER RELAY
- The Judges picked up a key four points in the men's 4x400-meter relay, the final event of the day.
- The team of Perry, Charie, senior Jeremy Wilson (Elizabeth, N.J. / Elizabeth) and Gourde placed fourth with a time of 3:25.63.
- Needing to place ahead of NYU in order to finish ahead of the Violets in the team standings, the Judges bested them by four seconds and two places.
OTHER SCORING PERFORMANCES - MEN
- Charie also added a fourth-place finish in the 55-meter dash (6.63 seconds), just 0.02 out of a second All-Association performance.
- First-year pole vaulter Aaron Corin (Sudbury, Mass. / Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) cleared 4.11 meters (13-5 ¾) on his first attempt to earn fifth place.
- Rookie Jack Allan (Wrentham, Mass. / King Phillip Regional) was sixth in the 55-meter hurdles in 8.27 seconds.