Amherst Women Capture 4th Place at Tufts, Men Finish 7th

February 3, 2007

MEDFORD, MA – The Amherst College track and field teams traveled to Tufts University for the third time this season to race against 13 teams. The Jeffs posted several personal records and championship qualifying times, as the men’s side finished seventh and the women’s squad placed fourth.

Senior tri-captain Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) had a hand in both Amherst victories on the women’s side, as she dominated the 1000 by posting the fastest time in New England to date before leading the distance medley relay team to a convincing win to close out the day. Classmate and fellow tri-captain Maria Millard (Orono, ME) came up just shy of the school record in the 400, placing second overall in the race. Amherst saw great success in the 400, as four Jeffs posted their fastest times of the year.

Juniors Katie Moravec (Chico, CA) and Laura Mortimer (Jackson, MS) placed second and fourth in the 5k, respectively, while sophomore Liz Dalton (Wayne, PA) finished fifth in the 3k to earn points. Sophmore Caitlin McDermott-Murphy (Newton, MA) finished sixth in a very competitive 800 race, while first-year Sophie Galleher (Denver, CO) posted a third-place finish in her debut of the 1000.

On the men’s side, first-year Jimmy Swanson (New Orleans, LA) hit qualifying standards for the Division III new England championships and ECAC championships in the 1000, where he finished fourth before helping the distance medley relay team place fifth. Junior Basile Beaty (Belmont, MA) had a similar day, capturing fourth place in the 600 with his fastest time in two years, and helped the 4x400 relay team finish seventh.

Senior tri-captain Sam Hayman (Evanston, IL) came in well under 2:00 to grab a sixth-place finish in the 600. First-year Will Bell (Silver Spring, MD) took home fifth place in the 1000 before anchoring the distance medley relay, while classmate Kit Callahan (Evanston, IL) finished ninth in the 600.

In the second section of the 5000, junior Mike Harbus (New York, NY), senior Nate Freese (Tunbridge, VT) and sophomore Harrison Lakehomer (Eugene, OR) finished fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively, with just four seconds separating them.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Feb. 9 and 10 to compete in the Valentine Classic at Boston University.