Katie Moravec '08
Photo by Erik Andrews '09
Junior Katie Moravec finished third in the 5,000-Meter Run, a huge event for Amherst on the day

Amherst Women Place 5th at NESCAC Championships, Men Finish 9th

April 30, 2007

MIDDLEBURY, VT – The Amherst College outdoor track and field squads capped off a busy week when they traveled to Middlebury College for the NESCAC Championships. Despite competing in the Little Three Championships last weekend, a mid-week meet on Tuesday and three runners competing in the Penn Relays on Thursday, the Lord Jeffs had enough left in the tank to put up some great marks against their conference counterparts.

The Amherst women placed fifth overall, and, as they have been all year, were paced by victories by senior tri-captains Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) and Maria Millard (Orono, ME). After taking home a second-place finish Thursday night in the Collegiate Championships Steeplechase, Garrahan came back to win the 5,000, breaking a conference record to mark the fourth consecutive year she had won a NESCAC race.

Millard, after having qualified for the NCAA meet on Tuesday in the 800, returned to her bread and butter - the 400 Hurdles - and completely ran away from the field while improving upon her school record. The 5k proved huge for the team, as in addition to Garrahan’s victory, juniors Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) - fresh off of her NCAA Automatic time in the 10k on Thursday night - and Katie Moravec (Chico, CA) provided a 1-2-3 sweep in the 5,000. Moravec threw in a big last lap to move past several runners en route to her best outdoor time ever.

Sophomore Elise Tropiano (Plainview, NY), after having had a PR race in the 5k at the Penn Relays, took the lead from the gun in the Steeplechase and did all the work with only a Colby runner sitting on her. Despite losing the lead in the last 300 meters, she ran to an NCAA Automatic mark and a big PR, while first-year Sophie Galleher ran strong behind her to grab 5th, shaving nearly 20 seconds off of her time from the week before.

Before running the 5k, Garrahan ran the 1,500 and, despite fatigue from the Penn Relays and still having the 5k later in the day, took the lead from the gun and kept the pace honest before being passed in the last 50 meters to finish 2nd. Sophomore Caitlin McDermott-Murphy (Newton, MA) grabbed 5th in the race, while junior Meg Ray (Menands, NY), running in the section before, ran to her best time of the spring.

Basile Beaty '08
Photo by Erik Andrews '09
Junior Basile Beaty won his section of the 800

Sophomore Nicole Anderson (Kailua, HI) finished 3rd in the 10k, improving upon her time from earlier in the year, while sophomore Liz Dalton (Wayne, PA) grabbed 10th. Sophomore Zandra Walton (Skaneateles, NY) finished 7th in a very strong 800 race, while in the early section, sophomore Molly Priedeman (Wayzata, MN) and first-year Mary Doris Reggie (Crowley, LA) each had strong races to finish 15th and 16th, respectively. Sophomore Carly Levenson (Richmond, VA) grabbed the last scoring spot in the 400 with a strong finishing kick that got her past two other runners, while senior tri-captain Hannah Campbell (Haverstraw, NY) just missed out on the scoring with her 10th-place finish.

The 4x400 team of Campbell, Levenson, Reggie and Millard finished 4th and ran its best time of the outdoor season by nearly eight seconds. In the day's last event, the 4x800 relay of Priedman, Ray, Walton and McDermott-Murphy finished 5th. The 4x100 relay team of Campbell, Millard, and sophomores Mattie Baker (Brighton, IL) and Jenny Mancino (New York, NY) won its section and placed 6th overall.

The Amherst men were led by Daniel Murner (Crestwood, KY) and his first-year record in the 5k of 15:07, as he and senior tri-captain John Babbott (Ojai, CA) did all of the hard work in keeping the pace fast while the rest of the field was content to let them do the work. Murner would finish 2nd, while John would finish 4th in a new PR and senior Robert Boley (Mount Pleasant, MI) would run his best time of the year to finish 12th.

Senior Nate Freese (Tunbridge, VT), competing in his first NESCAC Championship, took over the pacing just after two miles of the 10k and would do a lot of the work for the remainder of the race before a pair of Wesleyan University runners pulled away in the last two laps, but a strong kick brought him back to a runner-up finish, while sophomore Harrison Lakehomer (Eugene, OR) would grab the final scoring spot in 8th.

Junior Basile Beaty (Belmont, MA) won his section of the 800, and when the fast heat turned into a tactical race, his time of 1:57.52 would earn him a 4th place finish, with sophomore Jack Kiley (Garden City, NY) finishing 7th. In the first section, first-year Kit Callahan (Evanston, IL) and senior Eric Glustrom (Boulder, CO) both dipped under two minutes. First-year Carlyle Eubank (Santa Ynez, CA) finished 7th in a stacked 1500 race, while first-year Jimmy Swanson (New Orleans, LA) used a strong last 300 to move up to 13th overall.

Senior Richard Wilson (Columbus, OH) ran to his best time of the season in the Steeplechase despite a fall into the water pit on the last lap, while first-year Will Bell (Silver Spring, MD) would run to his best time and just miss breaking 10 minutes. Seven was the magic number when it came to the relays, as all three relay teams - the 4x100, 4x400 and Distance Medley - placed 7th. Sophomore Steve Stewart (Hartford, CT) led junior Tommy Moore (Astoria, OR) and first-year Keith Pendergrass (Greenwich, NY) to a 12, 14, 15 finish, respectively, in the 400.