Amherst Men's Cross Country and Track & Field
Season - How it unfolded
Some tweaks and revisions to training and workouts over both the summer, as well as throughout the fall - emphasizing an adherence to accountability, and stepping up - certainly made a big impact on the team and the program. So. Dan Crowley made some huge strides from his first year of running, and would provide a great 1-2 punch with fellow Western MA runner, Jr. KC Fussell as the two finished only a few seconds apart every meet. Dan would qualify for the NCAA's as an individual qualifier by virtue of his 18th place, 25:12 showing at the Regional Championships at USM where the team would grab an 8th place finish. Jr. Greg Turissini and Sr. Charlie Reighard had their best races of the season as well at the Regional meet, with both earning All-Region accolades with their Top 35 finishes. Raymond Meijer finished off a very strong freshman campaign - despite battling a sinus infection - with a PR at the regionals, and Sr. Alva Morales capped of a great career with a strong run as well. At the ECAC Championships, Sr. Gus Greenstein had his best race of the season as he earned All-Ecac Honors to help lead the team to a 3rd place finish - with a pair of freshmen, Kevin Connors and Ben Fiedler each grabbing All-ECAC recognition for placing in the Top 15. Another freshman, Steven Lucey had a strong run at the Nescac Championships to earn a spot in the Varsity crew for the Regional Championships, while the team itself had a solid day but left hoping for more. The Little Three's provided a great deal of excitement as the men went for broke, looking to try and put an end to the Williams winning streak and through just over 4 miles it was looking good, but ultimately fell just a little shy of coming through with the W but was a great confidence builder for them.
Track & Field:
The transition from cross to track was seamless and the guys had another great year. Perhaps the biggest aspect of excitement was having our new facility done, and not only getting the opportunity to train on the incredible surface every day but to host our first meet with a lot of success. Sr. Matt Melton dropped down from the 800 this year to focus on the 400 and wound up running the fastest time in the country indoors in the 400, qualifying for NCAA's in both seasons, as well as running a leg of the Distance medley Relay along with Greg Turissini, Jr. Romey Sklar and So. Brent Harrison that would finish a heartbreaking 9th place at the NCAA's indoors. Prior to the DMR, Greg would put his name in the school record books as he ran an 8:19 in the 3000 at the Terrier Classic to erase Rob Mitchell's time of 8:24 from back in 1998. Outdoors, the 4x800 Relay not only shattered the 4x800 record, they also won the NEICAAA Championship as Brent, Romey, Steve Lucey and Kevin Connors ran to a 7:33.28. Josiah Terrell-Perica was off to a great start in the javelin as he launched the jav 187 feet in his first meet but unfortunately was felled by a knee injury the next week - though his throw was 10 feet further than anyone else in the conference. Jr. Mark Cort would add feet to his best long jump marks prior to this year as he earned conference and New England accolades for his 22 + foot jumps, while So Kahlil Flemming got tantalizing close to the school record indoors in the triple jump with his consistent jumps over 45 feet, and fellow jumper Jr. Steve Hetterich would also factor into the scoring the DIII New England meets. A ton of PR's across the board, from everyone in all distances was a regular occurrence as the hard work that the guys did throughout the season paid off handsomely throughout.
2013-14 Season - What it could bring
While we will lose the services of a trio of senior captains from last fall, the guys returning and the success that they have - both in cross country and development throughout the year - should put them in a great position to be amongst the top teams in the region and battle for a return to the National Championships in Ohio this fall. An extremely potent trio should be ready to battle any top 3 around as Sr. Captains KC Fussell & Greg Turissini along with Jr. Dan Crowley should be able to put up some real low numbers and duke it out with the best the region has to offer. behind them should be a great combination of strength, speed and depth to go along with a wealth of experience as Sr's Romey Sklar and Lucas Lebovitz look to get into the mix of the scoring as each has in the past. Juniors Jeff Seelaus - who was on the verge of big things last year before getting sick but had an awesome track season - and 800 runner Brent Harrison are putting in good work this summer with hopes of making an impact. The sophomore guys will be looking to race this fall knowing the transition to the 5m distance is done, and Kevin Connors, Raymond Meijer, Ben Fielder and Steve Lucey all should capitalize on a strong year of running and be ready to impact the success of the team. The returning guys are going to be deep group, and the high expectations for the season are going to be fueled by what they are capable of and ready to do but they could get a lot of support from a strong incoming class of freshmen. While not having to run with any expectations, the chances for immediate impact and certainly helping the depth of the program should come into play as several runners could see some time in the Top 7. Mohamed Hussein from Northfield Mt. Hermon earned the Massachusetts Gatorade Runner of the year, while Twins from West Islip NY Craig and Scott Nelson made some huge improvements on the track last spring and all should benefit from the added distance to their races. Additionally, Zack Grand from Santa Fe, NM, Aaron Zambrano and Justin Barry both from California and Peter Horton from will all bolster a strong roster.
Track & Field:
One of the strongest areas of the program will be in the jumping events as the trio of Khalil Fleming, Steve (etterich and Mark Cort will look to capitalize on their huge improvements from the past year. The 4x800 school record team all returns intact and the middle distance group should be very strong as well as Romey, Brent, Kevin and Lucey all will look to get faster while there will be several other guys who will look to get their chance at that record including Sr. captain Nick Codola and classmate, Lucas Lebovitz as well first year guys Aedan Roberts and Chris Butko. Distance will be spearheaded by 'reg and Fuss and will certainly be looking to hit marks needed to secure points at the championships meets and maybe even a berth at nationals as well, while classmates Dan Crowley and Jeff Seelaus will continue to progress and make the impact in the 3k-5k events while Raymond Meijer and Ben Fiedler should both be ready to take their times to a new level, and continue to lower their PR's. Josiah will hopefully have the knee all healed and ready to try an attain the distances needed to make the trip to NCAA and grab some championship hardware in the javelin and discus. Thomas Matthew looks to be even faster with a full season of training under his belt, and will be the leader of the sprinters along with sophomore classmates Josh Young and Jamie Sandel. A solid group of long sprinters in the first year class should help to beef up the group as Duncan Norton, David Ingraham and Pat Kennelly have all posted some solid 200-400 times.
The Coaching Staff
Erik Nedeau, or "Ned" to everyone, is the head coach of the men's
track & field and cross country programs at Amherst College.
Ned began coaching here in 1995 as a graduate intern, coaching the middle
and long distance runners. In 1996, upon completion of his Masters Degree
in Sports Management from the University of Massachusetts, he remained
at Amherst as the assistant for cross country and track. He was named the
head coach for the 1997-98 seasons and has been at the helm of the track
and cross country programs. The summer of 2011 marked a significant change in the program, as the programs were split and Ned has been able to focus solely on the men's program. During his track and cross country
coaching tenure at Amherst College, the program won its first ever National Championship in Women's XC during the 2007 season; 2 Athletes have been named Athletes of the Year; 2 Athletes have been named USTFCCCA Scholar Athletes of the Year and Ned has coached Six NCAA Champions
(17 titles between them), over 100 All-American performances
and Two Junior National medalists. As an athlete, Ned was a Junior
Olympic medalist in both the 400 Hurdles and Decathlon during high school.
In college, he was a five time All-American at Division I Northeastern
University in the 800 & 1500, along with competing at the NCAA cross
country championships. In 1992 he was 7th in the 800 at the Olympic Trials
running 1:46.19. Since he graduated in 1994, he has run for Team New Balance.
He was a bronze medalist in the 1500m at the 1995 World Indoor Championships,
as well as placing 4th in the 1500 at the 1996 Olympic Trials. With his
abilities and the experience that he has gained over the years, Ned offers
a great deal to his athletes in the program. Ned and Amy
got married in the summer of 2003, and have an 8year old son - Lukas -and they live in nearby Belchertown, along with newest puppy, Rocksy.
Mike Miller, Bob Rosen and Luke Maher
The New England Small College Athletic
Conference (NESCAC) is an affiliation amongst Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin,
Colby, Connecticut College, Hamilton, Middlebury, Trinity, Tufts, Wesleyan,
and Williams. The voluntarily upheld regulations and scheduling agreements
allow each institution to maintain the highest standards of academic excellence
while providing outstanding opportunities for the student-athlete to pursue
athletic excellence. The schools in the NESCAC's are among the top schools
in the nation, athletically and academically. Competition amongst the schools
is intense, as year in and year out, NESCAC programs and individuals, are
vying for National Championships. The NESCAC Championships are held each
year at a rotating venue - this year's XC being held on November 1st at Middlebury College while Track will be at Williams on April 25th.
Amherst is proud to be a part of the Little Three conference with Wesleyan
and Williams. The Little Three is considered to be one of the most prestigious
small college rivalries in the country. The Little Three also represents
one of the east coast's oldest and most intense competitions. The Amherst-Williams-Wesleyan
series is regarded as the nations top small school rivalry - GO AMHERST!!
For the first time this upcoming season, we are moving the Little Three Meet Indoors - being hosted by Wesleyan on January 17th. In the fall, Williams will be doing the honors of putting on the race on October 18th.
at Amherst College
Amherst College is a Division III member of the NCAA, which means that
we are not able to provide athletic scholarships and we compete under the
auspices of both the NCAA and NESCAC rules and regulations. There are 27
varsity sports at Amherst to go along with numerous club sports, and an
extremely popular intramural sports program. For information about the
athletics program or specific sports and their respective coaches at Amherst
College, please contact our Sports
Information Department's web site. This site contains information about
all of our varsity and club sports at Amherst, including schedules, results,
coaches, late breaking news and much more.
to Amherst College
Please click on the following link for directions to Amherst College -
- which will bring you to the admissions office which is right next door
to the Alumni Gym which is where the office is located - Room 1226. The outdoor track
is located directly across the street from the Alumni Gym Parking Lot -
follow Hitchcock road to the end (200 yards) and you will be at the Lumley
Track. The cross country course starts and finishes on the upper athletic
fields located directly behind the gym, and goes out on the trails to and
from the mile long field loop.