Basile Beaty '08
Junior Basile Beaty helped the Jeffs take home a victory in the 4x400 Relay

Jeffs Compete in Little Three Championships

April 23, 2007

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The Amherst College track and field teams began their championship seasons on Saturday by competing in the Little Three Championships on a beautiful spring afternoon at Williams College. The Williams men took the victory over Wesleyan University and the Lord Jeffs by a margin of 172.5 to 109 to 86.5, while the Williams women finished 66.5 points ahead of second-place Amherst and 108.5 points ahead of Wesleyan. All three teams had strong performances on the day, and got themselves in good shape for the next month of championship meets.

With sunshine and warm weather for the first time in quite a while, it was no surprise that all three squads lit up the track from the beginning of the meet. The Ephs crossed the line first in the 4x100 relay to post their first victory of the day, while senior Robert Boley (Mount Pleasant, MI) of Amherst won the 3000-meter steeplechase shortly thereafter. The Lord Jeffs also took the 1500-meter run, the next event on the track, with senior tri-captain John Babbott (Ojai, CA) just edging out Williams’ Stephen Wills and Jeff Perlis in a time of 3:59.

The day wrapped up with two Lord Jeff titles, the first by first-year Carlyle Eubank (Santa Ynez, CA) in the 5000 and the second by their 4x400 meter relay squad of junior Basile Beaty (Belmont, MA), sophomores Steve Stewart (Hartford, CT) and Jack Kiley (Garden City, NY) and first-year Kit Callahan (Evanston, IL). Both came in solid times of 15:12 and 3:26, respectively.

On the women’s side, the Jeffs were led by senior tri-captains Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) and Maria Millard (Orono, ME). Garrahan ran to a new meet record and automatic NCAA mark in the 5000, while Millard picked up a win in the 400 Hurdles, just missing the meet record.

Closing out the day in winning fashion was the 4x400 relay team of Millard, sophomores Caitlin McDermott-Murphy (Newton, MA) and Carly Levenson (Richmond, VA) and senior tri-captain Hannah Campbell (Haverstraw, NY).

First-year Jennifer Rybak (Clifton Park, NY) used her multi event talents to full effect as she was in numerous events throughout the day, helping the team score points in the hurdles, jumps and throws. Sophomore Elise Tropiano (Plainview, NY) and junior Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) dropped down to the 1500 for a tune-up and finished 2-3, with sophomore Zandra Walton (Skaneateles, NY) and junior Meg Ray (Menands, NY) coming in shortly after them.

Wilson came back later to finish 2nd in the 5K, while first-year Sophie Galleher (Denver, CO) and junior Katie Moravec (Chico, CA) finished 2-3 in the steeplechase in their first attempts in the event this season. McDermott-Murphy finished 3rd in the 800 with her best mark of the season before helping the relay team to victory.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Tuesday for a home meet with Trinity and Keene State colleges at 4:45 p.m.