|Amherst Kicks Off Outdoor Season at Bantam Invitational|
Amherst Kicks Off Outdoor Season at Bantam Invitational
April 2, 2007
HARTFORD, CT – The Amherst College men’s and women’s track and field teams began their outdoor seasons with the Bantam Invitational at Trinity College this past weekend. Despite spending little time in preparation for the first meet, with some athletes using the Invite as a first practice session, the Lord Jeffs took advantage of the nice weather and posted some solid marks in their debut.
The day began with the 10,000-Meter Run, where Amherst executed a controlled-tempo strategy to perfection, as the five Lord Jeffs finished fourth through eighth with only 12 seconds separating them. Senior tri-captain John Babbott (Ojai, CA) picked up the lone victory for the men on the day, pulling ahead in the final 600 meters of the 5,000-Meter Run to edge out a slew of runners from Wesleyan University. Robert Boley (Mount Pleasant, MI) and Peter Foote (Shelburne, VT) also finished with solid times in the event, placing ninth and tenth, respectively.
The 4x400 relay team of Basile Beaty (Belmont, MA), Kit Callahan (Evanston, IL), Rom Cabeza (Enfield, CT) and Steve Stewart (Hartford, CT) grabbed third place overall. Stewart also saw success in the Triple Jump, where he placed third overall.
Like the men, the women got the day started with a controlled-effort 10k run, and Nicole Anderson (Kailua, HI), Katie Moravec (Chico, CA) and Liz Dalton (Wayne, PA) finished 2nd, 3rd and 5th, respectively. Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) and Elise Tropiano (Plainview, NY) both doubled up in the 1500 and 5000, with the pair finishing first and second in the 5000 and Garrahan hitting an NCAA provisional mark in the 1500. Sophie Galleher (Denver, CO) and Caitlin Murphy (Newton, MA) ran the 5k for the first time and posted solid marks to finish 4th and 5th.
The Lord Jeffs return to action Saturday, Apr. 14 when they travel to Williams College for the Williams Relay.
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