Shauneen Garrahan '07
Senior tri-captain Shauneen Garrahan took home a victory in the steeplechase

Jeffs Hold Their Own Against Division I Schools

April 16, 2007

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College track and field team competed at UMASS-Amherst this past weekend against seven Division I schools. Despite the tough competition, the Amherst women took home a trio of first-place finishes to place fifth overall as a team, while the Amherst men placed eighth.

The first victory for the Amherst women came in the steeplechase, where senior tri-captain Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) ran to a new school record and the second fastest time ever for Division III runners, despite it being her first attempt at the event this spring. Sophomore Elise Tropiano (Plainview, NY) placed third in the steeplechase and also hit an NCAA provisional mark.

Senior tri-captain Maria Millard (Orono, ME) earned Amherst’s second victory of the day, besting her personal record in the 400 hurdles for a convincing win, also qualifying provisionally for the NCAA Championships. Junior Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) battled a UMASS runner for the entire race before pulling away in the final stretch to open her season with an NCAA qualifying mark in the 5000.

First-year Jennifer Rybak (Clifton Park, NY) grabbed fourth place in the javelin with 90-foot launch, while junior Lauren Benson (Hamilton, NJ) finished close behind in sixth place. The 4x400 team of Millard and sophomores Carly Levenson (Richmond, VA), Zandra Walton (Skaneateles, NY) and Kate Silverman (Upper Montclair, NJ) placed third overall.

The Amherst men were led by junior Basile Beaty (Belmont, MA) and his sixth-place finish in the 400, as he ran under 51 seconds to win his section. Sophomore Jack Kiley (Garden City, NY) battled a University of New Hampshire runner down the final stretch of the 800 and raced to his best outdoor time of 1:58, with junior Rom Cabeza (Enfield, CT) and first-year Kit Callahan (Evanston, IL) finishing just a few steps behind.

Senior Nat Freese led his team in the 5000 with an eighth-place finish, running to a new outdoor best time of 15:12. The 4x400 relay team of Callahan, Kiley, Beaty and sophomore Steve Stewart (Hartford, CT) placed fifth overall with their fastest time of the year. Junior tri-captain Steve Shashy (McLean, VA) and sophomore Peter Foote (Shelburne, VT) each picked up 10th-place finishes, with Shashy’s coming in the javelin throw and Foote’s coming in the steeplechase.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Saturday for the Little Three Championships at Williams College.