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Alex Lonkiski '03
Senior tri-captain Alex Lenkoski helped pace the men with a ninth-place time in the 5,000-meter run.

Jeffs Gear Up for New Englands with Top Showings at Tufts Stampede

February 18, 2003

MEDFORD, MA - Sophomore Carter Hamill (Richmond, VA) took first place in the 1,000-meter run to supplement a first-place time from the women’s 4x800-meter relay team, and the Amherst men’s Distance Medley relay team claimed the top spot in their field to match first-place junior Andrew Schneider (Saratoga Springs, NY) in the 1,000-meter run, as the indoor track team competed for individual times at Saturday’s Tufts University Track & Field Stampede. The meet was the squad’s last chance to prep for the Division III New Englands this Saturday; the men will travel to M.I.T, and the women will run at Bowdoin College.

First-year Lyndsey Scott (West Orange, NJ) started the day off for the Amherst women with a fifth-place time in the 200-meter dash. Classmate Jessamyn Connell-Price (Palo Alto, CA) posted a matching fifth-place finish in the 400-meter dash, before first-year Ginger Polich (Ironwood, MI) and senior tri-captain Laurel Kilgour (Clifton Park, NY) tacked on respective third- and fifth-place showings in the 600-meter run. Senior tri-captain Kate Hamill (New York, NY) turned heads, via a second-place time in the 800-meter run, and first-year Jenny Horowitz (Waban, MA) paced three other Jeffs with fourth place in the 3,000-meter run. Scott showed up again in the triple jump, where she nailed second place. First-year Julia Rucker (Minneapolis, MN) followed Scott with an eighth-place day in the triple jump and a 10th-place showing in the high jump. The women’s relay teams were noticeable all around - the 4x400-meter relay team came in third behind the host Jumbos and Oneonta State University, and the women’s Distance Medley relay team tacked on a second-place finish, behind Middlebury College, to finish up the women’s day.

The men were similarly impressive. First-year Joaquin Walker (Denver, CO) followed up respective third- and fourth-place finishes from classmate Ngai Otieno (Gloucester, MA) and himself in the 55-meter dash, with a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash. First-year Tim Porter (Newton, MA), senior tri-captain Brian Hart (Rutland, VT) and sophomore Devin LoPresti (Jamaica, NY) showed up next, with respective 13th-, 14th- and 15th-place showings in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore Jamal Aaron (Brooklyn, NY) clinched sixth place in the 600-meter run, and first-year Fraser Kitchell (Seattle, WA) pulled up in 12th place in the 1,500-meter run. Meanwhile, in the 3,000-meter run, second-place finisher sophomore Matthew Katz (Tallahassee, FL) paced respective fourth- and fifth-place finishers first-year David Schreiner (Manhattan Beach, CA) and sophomore Zeke Phillips (Newton, MA).

Otieno picked up another third place finish in the long jump, and junior Julius Nanna (Cobham, England) finished third in the triple jump over fifth-place junior Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA). Classmate William Roe (Winter Haven, FL) notched a 16th-place showing in the shot put. The 4x200-meter relay team came in second behind Middlebury, and the 4x400-meter delegation raked in a third-place performance. Senior tri-captain Alex Lenkoski (Whethersfield, CT) wrapped up the Amherst day with a ninth-place time in the 5,000-meter run.