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Fleet-footed first-year Ngai Otieno posted a fifth-place finish at 60 meters

Jeffs Excel at Dartmouth

February 3, 2003

HANOVER, NH - The Amherst men and women’s indoor track team turned out another weekend of notable individual performances at Saturday’s Dartmouth Indoor Invitational, hosted by Dartmouth College. The 2002-2003 season is wrapping up for the Jeffs, with the Division III New England Championship meet scheduled for Feb. 22, and the Open New England Championships the weekend after.

At Dartmouth, sophomore Carter Hamill (Richmond, VA) paced a strong field of Amherst finishers in the one-mile run with a fifth-place finish. First-year Ariel Haney (Fairport, NY) drew sixth place in the 400-meter run, and classmate Jessamyn Connell-Price (Palo Alto, CA) snagged second place in the 500-meter run. Senior tri-captain Kate Hamill (New York, NY) grabbed third place in the 800-meter run, before senior tri-captain Laurel Kilgour (Clifton Park, NY) and first-year Ginger Polich (Ironwood, MI) teamed up to take home respective third and fourth places in the 1,000-meter run. Senior Alison Dimon (Rye, NY) and first-year Jenny Horowitz (Waban, MA) followed up with third and fourth places in the 3,000-meter run, before the relay teams had their say.

Amherst’s 4x200-meter relay team finished fourth in a strong field, and then the 4x400-meter team took second place behind Queen’s University. The 4x800-meter relay was where Amherst really made a statement - the foursome took over the track, beating out second place St. Lawrence University by almost 12 seconds. Finally, first-years Lyndsey Scott (West Orange, NJ) and Julia Rucker (Minneapolis, MN) finished out the day for Amherst. Scott fought for 11th place in the long jump, and Rucker capped the outing with a fifth-place showing in the triple jump.

First-year Ngai Otieno (Gloucester, MA) kicked things off for the Amherst men - his fifth-place 60-meter dash paved the way for sophomore Nathaniel Mahlberg (Madison, WI) and his 11th-place time in the 200-meter dash. Junior standout John Stanton-Geddes (Glendale, MO) picked up sixth place in the one-mile run, and sophomore Devin LoPresti (Jamaica, NY) landed 10th place in the 400-meter run. First-year Tim Porter (Newton, MA) and junior Janak Chandrasoma (Pasadena, CA) finished the 500-meter run together, in respective 18th and 19th places, just before first-year Fraser Kitchell (Seattle, WA) and sophomore Jamal Aaron (Brooklyn, NY) snagged eighth and ninth places in the 800-meter run. Junior Andrew Schneider (Saratoga Springs, NY) ran to a landmark second place in the 1,000-meter run, and sophomore Mike Page (Fargo, ND) followed up with a fourth-place day in the 3,000-meter run.

Senior tri-captain Pat Hayes (E. Bridgewater, MA) powered through the 60-meter hurdles; he was good for first place, narrowly beating out St. Lawrence’s Robert Ames. The Jeff relay teams also performed well; the 4x200-meter and 4x400-meter teams took fourth place, and the 4x800-meter team finished second. Juniors Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA) and Julius Nanna (Cobham, England) brought home fifth and sixth places in the triple jump, and junior William Roe (Winter Haven, FL) finished out the Amherst day with 18th place in the shot put.

On Saturday, the men and women will travel to Wesleyan University for the second time this winter, before they conclude their regular season campaigns at Tufts University on Feb. 15.