Mike Harbus '08
Junior Mike Harbus took home a 10th-place finish in the 10,000-Meter Run

Amherst Women Place 15th at Open New Englands; Men Finish Tied for 24th

May 12, 2007

HANOVER, NH – The Amherst College outdoor track and field teams traveled to Dartmouth College this past weekend for the Open New England Championships. Facing tough competition from Divisions I, II and III, the Amherst women’s team placed 15th overall, while the men’s team finished tied for 24th.

Senior tri-captain Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) once again led the Lord Jeffs over the weekend, as she took home a victory in the 1,500-Meter Run with a time of four minutes and 30.71 seconds, earning 10 of her team’s 19 points on the day while setting a new school record in the process. Fellow senior tri-captain Maria Millard (Orono, ME) put in a solid performance in the 800-Meter Run, as she finished just 0.28 seconds behind the third-place runner and on the heels of the fourth-place finisher to place fifth, securing a spot in the upcoming National Championships.

The Jeffs picked up more points in the 5,000-Meter Run, where sophomore Elise Tropiano (Plainview, NY) and junior Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) placed seventh and eighth, respectively. Rounding out the point-scorers for the Amherst women was the 4x800 team, which placed seventh.

The Amherst men were led by a second-place finish in the 10,000-Meter Run by senior Nate Freese (Tunbridge, VT), whose time of 31:34.59 earned all eight of his team’s points. Despite failing to earn points in any other events, the Jeffs took home three 10th-place finishes. Junior Mike Harbus (New York, NY) joined Freese in the 10k and finished 10th, while sophomore Jack Kiley (Garden City, NY) took home 10th-place in the 800-Meter Run before joining senior tri-captain John Babbott (Ojai, CA), junior Basile Beaty (Belmont, MA) and first-year Jimmy Swanson (New Orleans, LA) for a 10th-place finish in the 4x800.

The Lord Jeffs return to action this Friday for the MIT Last Chance Meet, and then those who have qualified for the NCAA Championships will head to UW-Oshkosh the following weekend.