Racing through College with Big Goals in Mind

Posse Scholar Vincent Asante ’14 is winning championships far from home

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When Vincent Asante was considering where to apply to college, his high school counselor in New York City urged him to put academics ahead of athletics. That recommendation set him on a path to Brandeis, thanks to the innovative Posse program that provides merit-based scholarships to a small group of select students.

But once he arrived on campus, it didn’t take Asante long to introduce himself to Assistant Track and Field Coach Mark Reytblat. Though Asante had competed with some success as a sprinter in high school, he hadn’t made contact with the Brandeis athletics staff during his application process.

Reytblat, who has worked with Brandeis sprinters for 22 years, believes Asante has the talent to become one of the top sprinters in Brandeis history. A native of Ghana who graduated from the High School for Arts Imagination and Inquiry in the Bronx, Asante earned conference Rookie of the Year honors in the University Athletic Association after both his indoor and outdoor seasons, winning the indoor 55-meter dash in the winter as well as and the outdoor 100-meter sprint in the spring.

Asante spent the summer before his sophomore season working and training in Waltham. He has two goals for the 2011-12 year: reaching the NCAA Division III championships and, at some point, returning to Ghana to visit his mother, whom he hasn't seen since he moved to the United States in 2008.