Amherst Women Place Sixth at ECAC Championships, Men Finish 36th

March 4, 2007

MIDDLETOWN, CT – The Amherst College track and field teams headed to Wesleyan University to compete in the ECAC Championships against schools from New England, New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The women’s squad finished sixth overall, while the men’s side placed 36th.

The Amherst women got off to a nice start when sophomore Nicole Anderson (Kailua, HI) and junior Katie Moravec (Chico, CA) grabbed fourth and fifth place, respectively, while junior Laura Mortimer (Jackson, MS) finished just outside of the scoring places in ninth.

Senior tri-captain Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) tuned up for the NCAA Championships by improving on her own school record in the 1000 by more than two seconds, finishing in second place overall. In the unseeded section of the 1000, sophomore Caitlin McDermott-Murphy (Newton, MA) led wire to wire, finishing in under three minutes for her first time to win her section by more than six seconds.

In the 4x400, the relay team of McDermott-Murphy, sophomore Carly Levenson (Richmond, VA) and senior tri-captains Hannah Campbell (Haverstraw, NY) and Maria Millard (Orono, ME) grabbed a fifth place finish. Before running the relay, Millard just missed setting a new school record to place 10th in the 400, while Levenson finished eighth in the 500. First-year Sophie Galleher (Denver, CO) lowered her best time in the 3000 to place fifth overall.

The men’s team was led by a fourth-place finish from sophomore Harrison Lakehomer (Eugene, OR) in the 3000, and seventh- and eighth-place finishes from first-years Tom Anderson (Birmingham, AL) and Jimmy Swanson (New Orleans, LA), respectively, in the 1000.

The 4x400 team of juniors Rom Cabeza (Enfield, CT) and Basile Beaty (Belmont, MA), first-year Keith Pendergrass (Greenwich, NY) and senior tri-captain Sam Hayman (Evanston, IL) placed 14th, while the 4x800 team of first-year Kit Callahan (Evanston, IL), sophomore Steve Stewart (Hartford, CT), senior Eric Glustrom (Boulder, CO) and senior tri-captain John Babbott (Ojai, CA) just missed scoring by one place, finishing ninth.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Friday, March 9 for the NCAA Championships held at Rose Hulman in Indiana. The Amherst women will compete in the Mile, Distance Medley Relay and 5k, with competition concluding Saturday.