Amherst Successful at Valentine Classic in Boston

February 10, 2007

BOSTON, MA – The Amherst College track and field teams traveled to Boston University to compete in the Valentine Classic, with the men’s side running on Friday and the women’s side following on Saturday. The meet marked the final weekend of competition before the championship portion of the season gets underway. The combination of a fast, banked track and a tremendous field of competition from Divisions I, II and III led to the Lord Jeff squads posting several championship qualifying marks.

The men’s distance medley relay team of first-year Carlyle Eubank (Santa Ynez, CA), junior Basile Beaty (Belmont, MA) and senior tri-captains Sam Hayman (Evanston, IL) and John Babbott (Ojai, CA) won its section handily and finished 11th overall. Babbott finished 26th in the mile – the best placing for an Amherst athlete in the event – with a personal best time of four minutes and 15.42 seconds, just shy of the NCAA provisional mark. In later sections of the mile, first-year Will Bell (Silver Spring, MD) posted his best time of the season, with classmate Jimmy Swanson right on his heels.

First-year Thomas Anderson (Birmingham, AL) had a great race in the 1000, running under the qualifying times for the New England championship and ECAC championship. Sophomore Jack Kiley (Garden City, NY) returned from injury to win his section of the 1000 with a personal best 2:33, finishing 38th overall.

Senior Nate Freese (Tunbridge, VT) led the runners in the 3000, dipping under 8:40 for the first time in his career, while sophomore Harrison Lakehomer (Eugene, OR) just missed cracking the 8:40 mark. Hayman posted the team’s top finish in the 800 with a time of 1:57, while junior tri-captain Steve Shashy (McLean, VA) posted his best marks of the year in the 400 and 200. The 4x400 relay team of Basile, Hayman, first-year Kit Callahan (Evanston, IL) and sophomore Steve Stewart (Hartford, CT) ran its fastest time of the season to finish 20th overall.

The women’s distance medley relay team of sophomores Caitlin McDermott-Murphy (Newton, MA) and Carly Levenson (Richmond, VA) and senior tri-captains Maria Millard (Orono, ME) and Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) posted a runner-up finish, posting the fastest time in the country to date for a Division III team and earning an NCAA qualifying mark.

Garrahan won her section and placed 7th overall in the 5000, leading every step of the way to post a big improvement from earlier in the season. Junior Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) was not far behind, finishing 14th overall to qualify provisionally for the NCAAs. Sophomore Elise Tropiano (Plainview, NY) continued to enjoy a breakout season, nearly breaking the 10-minute mark in the 3k, while Levenson posted a personal best time in the 500 en route to a 17th place finish.

Millard dropped three seconds off her previous best time in the 800 to place 14th overall and qualify provisionally for the NCAAs. In the same event, McDermott-Murphy, first-year Mary Dorris Reggie (Crowley, LA), sophomore Molly Priedman (Wayzata, MN) and junior Lauren Benson (Hamilton, NJ) each posted their best times of the year.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Feb. 17 for the Division III New England championships. The men’s squad will travel to Bates College, while the women will compete at the University of Southern Maine.