Jack Kiley '09
Sophomore Jack Kiley nearly pulled off a victory in the 800-Meter Run, but still bested his personal record by three seconds.

Jeffs Use Mid-Week Event to Prepare for Upcoming NESCAC Championships

April 25, 2007

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College outdoor track and field teams hosted a mid-week invitational on Tuesday, drawing athletes from Tufts University and Trinity and Keene State colleges. Several Lord Jeffs took home first-place finishes in what was a very successful afternoon for the Amherst squads.

While the fields were relatively small, they were not lacking in quality. In the 800-Meter Run, senior tri-captain Maria Millard (Orono, ME) took a hiatus from the 400-Meter Hurdles to add another school record to her collection, as she ran to a time of two minutes and 14.37 seconds to knock two seconds off of the old record while qualifying for the NCAA championships provisionally. Behind Millard in second and third came sophomores Zandra Walton (Skaneateles, NY) and Carly Levenson (Richmond, VA), respectively.

The 100-Meter Dash was an Amherst affair as senior tri-captain Hannah Campbell (Haverstraw, NY) took top honors and led a 1-6 sweep, and then came back later to win the 200-Meter Dash in her best time of the year. Also in the 100, sophomore Mattie Baker (Brighton, IL) ran her best time of the year and several others - including sophomores Kate Silverman (Upper Montclair, NJ) and Jenny Mancino (New York, NY) - dropped down in events to run the shorter ones and hit marks for the NESCAC championships.

Sophomore Caitlin McDermott-Murphy (Newton, MA) won the 1500-Meter Run, and like the tone of the day, did so in PR fashion and just missed qualifying for the NCAA championships. Behind her in the race came first-year Sophie Galleher (Denver, CO), junior Katie Moravec (Chico, CA) and sophomore Nicole Anderson (Kailua, HI), who all stepped down from their normal distance events to test their speed. First-year Amanda McGinn (Bangor, ME) led the high hurdling contingent of first-year Jennifer Rybak (Clifton Park, NY) and sophomore Kat Loomis (Glastonbury, CT) to a 1-2-3 sweep, qualifying for the NESCAC championships in the process.

The men’s 800 provided the most excitement of the day, as sophomore Jack Kiley (Garden City, NY) chased Matt Anderson of Trinity in the last lap en route to a three-second PR, as he broke 1:55 for the first time. Senior tri-captain John Babbott (Ojai, CA) dropped down to race in the event for the first time in years and ran his best non-relay time. Coming in just behind him in his best time of the year was sophomore Steve Stewart (Hartford, CT), who also got under the Division III qualifying mark.

Junior Basile Beaty (Belmont, MA) led junior Tommy Moore (Astoria, OR) and first-year Keith Pendergrass (Greenwich, NY) to a 1-2-3 sweep of the 400-Meter Dash, and then Beaty came back to win the 200, as Moore and senior Geoff Stricsek (Harrison City, PA) ran to their fastest times of the season, and also did the same in the 100.

First-year Carlyle Eubank (Santa Ynez, CA) kept the momentum rolling from his 5k win on Saturday to win a loaded 1500 in a fast time of 4:01. Just behind him was first-year Will Bell (Silver Spring, MD) in 2nd, with senior Nate Freese (Tunbridge, VT) dropping his best time down to a 4:05. Junior tri-captain Steve Shashy (McLean, VA) finished 3rd in both the discus and the javelin.