Men Place Fourth at Tufts, Women Grab Runner-up Spot

January 20, 2007

MEDFORD, MA - The Amherst College track teams traveled to Tufts University for the second time in as many Saturdays, this time for a scoring invitational against 16 other teams. While not focused on the scoring aspect of the meet, the women came away with a runner-up finish and the men grabbed 4th place. Finishing up the 2nd of three intersession training weeks, the legs were certainly tired, but despite the amount of work that the athletes have been doing, Amherst had a great meet and got a lot of fantastic performances.

Senior tri-captain Maria Millard (Orono, ME) led the team with two individual wins, one in the high hurdles and the other in the 500, where she just missed breaking a 14-year-old school record. Millard also finished 3rd in the high jump and joined with first-year Sophie Galleher (Denver, CO) and sophomores Carly Levenson (Richmond, VA) and Caitlin Murphy (Newton, MA) to finish 2nd in the DMR.

Senior tri-captain Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) grabbed a win in the Mile, with Murphy, junior Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) and Galleher coming in right behind in second, fifth and seventh, respectively. Garrahan then came back to finish 2nd in the 3k, with sophomore Elise Tropiano (Plainview, NY) running a big PR to finish just behind in 3rd, Wilson in 4th, and junior Laura Mortimer (Jackson, MS) running a big PR as well to grab 6th.

The 4x400 relay of sophomores Kate Silverman (Upper Montclair, NJ) and Molly Priedeman (Wayzata, MN) and first-years Jennifer Rybak (Clifton Park, NY) and Mary Doris Reggie (Crowley, LA) finished 2nd. Before the relay Priedman and Reggie both had very strong runs in the 800, as both runners ran to their fastest times ever. In the 500, Levenson grabbed 4th place, while Murphy grabbed 7th. Senior tri-captain Hannah Campbell (Haverstraw, NY) finished in the scoring in the 200, as she captured 6th place and also helped the 4x200 relay team of first-year Cameron Farkus (Cambridge, MA), Murphy and Levenson to a 5th place finish.

Rybak placed seventh in the triple jump to grab some points for her team, and also finished 8th in the high jump to grab the final scoring place. Senior Lauren Benson (Hamilton, NJ) ran a strong race in the 1000, finishing 7th to pick up a couple of points.

The men's lone victory, as it did last week, came from senior tri-captain John Babbott (Ojai, CA) as he ran to a great time in the 3k, his first crack at the event. Senior Nate Freese (Tunbridge, VT) knocked 20 seconds off of his best time en route to a runner-up finish in the 3k, while junior Mike Harbus (New York, NY), first-year Daniel Murner (Crestwood, KY) and senior Robert Boley (Mount Pleasant, MI) finished 3rd, 5th and 8th, respectively. In 10th and 11th place were first-years Will Fairhurst (Tallahassee, FL), who made his track debut, and Willy Sego (Eldoret Rift Valley, Kenya), who ran his first real race ever.

The mile was another strong event for the team, as first-years Will Bell (Silver Spring, MD) and Jimmy Swanson (New Orleans, MD) finished 2nd and 3rd, respectively, with Bell breaking 4:30 and Swanson finishing just above the barrier.  Finishing in 6th and 8th were Harbus and first-year Carlyle Eubank (Santa Ynez, CA). The Distance Medley relay of Swanson, Bell, and sophomores Steve Stewart (Hartford, CT) and Jack Kiley (Garden City, NY) finished 3rd to factor into the scoring, with two other Amherst teams in the top eight. The 500 was exciting as sophomore Thomas Foote (Newton, MA) and first-year Keith Pendergrass (Greenwich, NY) battled all the way to the line, finishing 10th and 11th, respectively, with less than two tenths of a second separating them. Kiley finished 6th in the 1000, and junior Basile Beatty (Belmont, MA) had a strong last 400 to move up and grab the final scoring spot.

Amherst returns to action Friday, when a limited selection from the women's squad will compete in the Terrier Classic at Boston University. The full team returns to action Saturday for the Cardinal Invite at Wesleyan University, while a limited selection from the men's squad will travel to Boston University for its shot at the Terrier Classic.