Amherst Women Place Seventh at NCAA Championships; All Six Jeffs Pick up All-America Honors

March 11, 2007

TERRE HAUTE, IN – The Amherst College women’s track and field team headed to Indiana for the NCAA Championships with hopes of putting the finishing touches on a very successful season. Six Amherst runners qualified, as Amherst was represented in the Mile, the 5000, and the Distance Medley Relay. The team’s goals were to return with a top ten finish and have each member earn an All-America honor.

Friday, senior tri-captain Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) advanced automatically in the Mile by winning her section of the qualifying round with a time of four minutes and 56 seconds. By the time the finals rolled around on Saturday Garrahan had already run in two grueling races, but still managed to place third in the Mile with a time of 4:51, earning her second All-America honor of the weekend and just missing the runner-up spot.

Garrahan’s first All-America honor came Friday when she joined fellow senior tri-captain Maria Millard (Orono, ME) and sophomores Caitlin McDermott-Murphy (Newton, MA) and Carly Levenson (Richmond, VA) in the DMR. McDermott-Murphy got things started by finishing her leg three seconds faster than her qualifying time and handed the baton to Levenson, who had the Jeffs in seventh place at the end of her leg. Millard took the helm next and brought her team back to fourth place before Garrahan closed out the race with Amherst in the third spot. The Jeffs picked up a set of All-America honors and bested the old school record by more than seven seconds.

To close out the weekend, Garrahan, junior Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) and sophomore Elise Tropiano (Plainview, NY) represented Amherst in the 5000. The three Jeffs were within one second of each other and with the front of the pack after the first mile, but things started to spread out during the second. Garrahan stayed with the front of the pack despite having just run little more than an hour earlier, and managed to place second with a personal record of 16:51 for another All-America honor. Tropiano picked up her first ever All-America nod by setting a personal record, while Wilson held on for the final All-America spot in eighth place.

Amherst finished tied for seventh place with North Central, having racked up 23 points for the weekend while meeting all of its goals. For more information on the championships, click here.