About Amherst Men's Cross Country and Track & Field

2014-15 Season - How it unfolded 


Cross Country:

The men turned in arguably the best season in program history, as they would finish the year as the 9th place team in the country - the week after finishing a very close second in the Regional championships. Mohamed Hussein would have an immediate impact in his first year, as the former Northfield Mt Hermon runner saved his best racing for the end of the season where he would finish 4th at regionals and then become the first All-American honoree since 2006 - and the first freshmen athlete to earn the honors in program history - as he finished 29th at the NCAA Championships. Never far behind him was Senior captain Greg Turissini who had his best season ever for the team, as he would pace the team in several meets, and finish 5th in the region and then 36th at the NCAA's. Dan Crowley - and individual qualifier a year ago - made good on his promise to bring the team with him this year, and he was consistently in the Top 3 all season long including earning All-Nescac and All Region honors. Senior Romey Sklar put things together in a huge way, especially in the 2nd half of the season and was a big reason for the team's success in the championships as he solidified the 4th spot with some great racing while Sophomore Raymond Meijer was a rock of consistency all season long, as he was always in the Top 5 for the team. Steven Lucey won the individual title at the ECAC Championships with a huge finishing kick, and Kevin Connors was right there in the mix as well as the pair of classmates showed huge improvements from their freshmen campaigns. Senior KC Fussell provided depth and leadership throughout the year as he was right in or around the Top 7 while first year Craig Nelson made a great transition to the 8k distance and would factor into the scoring in several meets as well. The team started the year ranked in the mid 20's and each week, improved upon that jumping all the way to a ranking high of 8 during a season that saw them finish 3rd at the NESCAC's (their best finish in recent years), 3rd at ECAC's and then 2nd at the Regional Championships with 5 guys earning All-Region honors. As a team, they would garner Academic All-American honors with its 3.57 - that would be the 2nd highest amongst DIII teams and the top mark amongst teams that competed at the NCAA Championships.


Track & Field:

The track season saw the winter that never wanted to leave and the spring that never wanted to arrive but despite Mother nature's best efforts, the men turned in another incredible year. During the winter, the DMR team of Greg Turissini, Brent Harrison, Romey Sklar and David Ingraham would break the NCAA DIII record with their NEICAAA Championship winning run of 9:48.61 and then 2 weeks later at the NCAA's, would capture 3rd place and earn All-American Honors. In addition to the school record in the DMR, Greg would also re-break his record in the 3k running 8:16 and ran 14:36 in the 5k. Mohamed Hussein certainly built on his XC success as he ran the fastest 3k and 5k in the country for a freshmen with his 8:29 and 14:29 runs, and would finish 11th at the NCAA Championships in the 5k. Kevin Connors dropped his mile time down to a 4:14 to join Romey in the 4:14 club, while the pair would also post the fastest 2 times in the 1000. Craig Nelson ran 14:54 in the 5k, using a tremendous kick that would get him the fast time but also a 3rd place finish at DIII New England's while Raymond Meijer would also get his PR under 15:00. Mark Cort battled through injury all winter, but proved to be very tough with his near 22 foot jump while Steve Hetterich and Khalil Flemming would also jump well in both the long and triple jumps. David posted the fastest 400 times but had company as senior Nick Codola had a great season posting fast times in the 400-600 along with Jamie Sandel. Chris Butko had a strong winter campaign, running 1:56 in the 800 while Lucas Lebovitz managed to stay healthy for the year, and came through with some big races down the stretch as did training partners Jesse Fajnzylber and Jack Wesley. Jeff Seelaus added some PR's to his collection with a strong finish to the season. While we were not able to win an individual titles at the meet, the men's depth and consistency in the scoring netted them a big win at the ECAC Championships. As the attention turned to outdoors, we got great performances in a variety of event grouping and some big breakthroughs from guys who had been a little quiet during the winter. Jamie Sandel was one of the regions better hurdlers while classmate Nate Showalter made a nice transition back into track after a two year hiatus. First year runners Justin Barry, Peter Horton and Jack Wesley all posted some great marks in the spring and are looking forward to building on that success. The mid-distance squad was rock solid from start to finish as Kevin and Romey were 2 of the best 1500 runners all season - capturing points and PR's at every meet, while Brent (arrison was one of the most dangerous 800 runners. Dan Crowley, after an injury shortened winter came back stronger then ever outdoors and lowered his 5k PR to a 14:47 and had a strong victory in the 10k. Speaking of 10k, Mohamed Hussein grabbed a runner-up spot at NESCAC's in his first 10k, won a New England Championship in his second one with a time of 30:43 and then captured All-American honors with his 7th place finish at NCAA's. Raymond would also put together a great 10k, getting under 32 minutes. Thomas Matthew posted top marks in the 100 while David Ingraham and Nick Codola would bolster the long sprints. Mark Cort and Khalil Flemming would battle the elements each meet in the jumps but kept coming through in the clutch, especially at the NESCAC's where both jumped awesome.

2015-16 Season - What it could bring


Cross Country:

Losing 2 of your Top 5, and 3 of your top 7 will certainly provide some challenges but we are excited for what the season could bring as despite some losses, we should be returning some good depth and quality, and with the extra year of growth from a strong first year class and some tremendous improvements over the course of the track season, we should be in a a pretty good place. Mohamed Hussein returns after an incredible freshmen campaign and should be amongst the top runners in the country while Dan Crowley will look to throw down a huge season in his senior year and the pair should provide a great 1-2 punch. Raymond Meijer was tremendously consistent last year and should again factor strongly into the scoring mix, as will Craig Nelson who saw time in the Top 7 during his freshmen year last fall and could be joined by his brother Scott who looks to be back to full strength this fall. This fall could be the year of the SEELAUS as senior captain Jeff Seelaus has been hanging around the fringes of a huge breakthrough and this could be the time ,and would provide a huge spark to the team. Juniors Kevin Connors and Steven Lucey should see the gains they made this past year bring them into the scoring fold while sophomores Jack Wesley, Peter Horton and Justin Barry should see a nice adaptation to the mileage that will enable them to see some nice gains with their running. A strong incoming class could see several guys make an impact on both the depth of the team, as well as the potential to be in the mix of Top 7 but we will focus on making a smooth adjustment before thinking about the level of impact they might potentially have on the program.


Track & Field:


The Coaching Staff


Erik "NED" Nedeau - Head Coach

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 9 year old son - Lukas -and they live in nearby Belchertown

 

Assistant Coaches

Mike Miller, Bob Rosen and Luke Maher

 

The NESCAC Conference

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 October 31st at Wesleyan while Track will be right here at Amherst on April 31st.
 

The Little Three

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!! The Little Three Meet is again indoors and being hosted by Wesleyan on January 16th. In the fall, Amherst will be doing the honors of putting on the race on October 17th.

Athletics 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.

Directions to Amherst College


Please click on the following link for directions to Amherst College - Directions - 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.