2012-13 Season - How it unfolded
The summer provided the opportunity to get in good base work and the guys definitely took advantage and got some great work in. A handful of workouts before we opened up the season were solid, and they had a great opening meet at UMass on a slightly short of 5 Mile course - GPS'd at 4.83 - with Greg Turissini coming in 7th overall and ultimately earning NESDCAC performer of the Week for his efforts. Times were solid but more impressive was the grouping of guys in relation to each other. Sitting out 8 guys, the rest of the team ran at Wesleyan next and posted solid marks with first years Dan Crowley and Jeff Seelaus leading the charge. Venturing out of the region for the first time for a non-championship meet, we headed to the Paul Short Invite, competing in the Gold Race against many of the country's top teams. Greg was again the team's leader with a fantastic race while the rest of the team had packed up and came in with small time gaps, and finishing 4th among the DIII teams. We hosted Little Three's, and despite a valiant effort to thwart Williams winning streak, the guys came up a little short. Greg would finish 6th while classmate KC Fussell had a great race in 8th with Andrew Erskine right behind in 9th and then seniors Dillon Buckley and Patrick Grimes finishing 11th and 12th. At NESCAC's, held at Bowdoin, the boys finished 7th overall with Andrew getting the nod as the team's top finisher in 19th while Grimes and Fussell would finish 39th and 41st, then the junior trio of Alvaro Morales, Charlie Reighard and Gus Greenstein would be the 4-6 runners, and sophomore Romey Sklar getting a taste of top 7. The guys won the ECAC Championships with some great running up front from the beginning as Dillon, Alva, Charlie and all were in the front pack and pressed the pace with Dillon and Gus ultimately finishing 3-4, and a hard charging Romey running all the way to 5th and Dan kicking hard to get 15th (the final ALL-ECAC spot). At Districts held at Westfield, the team looked great through the first 2 miles but a fall to Fuss shortly after seemed to take a toll on everyone and the season would close out with an 11th place finish with Andrew grabbing All-New England honors with his 29th place finish
The season kicked off at the Smith invite in December, and a change from the past, we had everyone compete on the day - with the XC guys all choosing their event to do - rather than the meet being more for the sprinters, jumpers and throwers, and has some fun at the end of the meet with a class 4x800 relay. A solid intersession with a lot of hard work - morning and afternoon sessions- provided a great foundation for both training but also team camaraderie. The two meets that we had over this time - Tufts and Wesleyan - had some great efforts with Pat Grimes winning the 3k in 8:35 and then the 1000 in 2:31, Matt Melton grabbing top honors in the 400. Throughout the course of the season, Matt would continue to deliver in his events consistently and after a 1;51.94 would earn his first individual All-American nod, after finishing 6th at the National Championships. Josiah Terrell-Perica, in his first indoor season, seemed to pick the weight up quickly as he showed huge improvements from the beginning of the year to the end, adding almost 10 feet to his throw, finishing with a 47-6. Greg Turissini posted the team's top 3k time with an 8:29 run that complemented his 4:13 mile and 15:04 5k, while fellow training partners Andrew Erskine would run 8:30 and 14:54 while Charlie would have a breakthrough season himself, running 8;36 in the 3k at New England's. In fact, NE's was arguably the best meet of the season as across the board, in all events, everyone had a super day - Judd Liebman and Nick Codola each posted great times 1:06 in the 500, Dan Crowley and Dillon Buckley with big pr's in the 3k 8:41 and 45, the 4x400 went 3:21 with a 47 sec carry by Melton. Alva Morales and Fuss had a great 5k at Springfield, as they went 1-2, both running under 15:20. Steve Hetterich got his Triple Jump out over 41 feet while first year Ralph Washington showed some great wheels in the 60 and 200. Grimey would get down to 4:10 in the mile and made the NCAA's again, but would be the odd man out in the finals, just missing by the smallest of margins but he posted a great range of times in his events, as well as leading a strong middle distance group. Romey Sklar went under 2:30 in the 1000 at NE's as well as a couple of 1:57's in the 800.
With the track no longer, we practiced down at UMass for the season so it offered up some challenges to the season but the spring was still quite successful. Josiah continued where he left off last year, and made some big improvements in the throws - launching the javelin 186 feet and discus over 140 to earn points in the championship meets as he did last year. Denzel Duncan shook off a back injury from the year before, and some time aborad to return with some gusto in the hammer and shoot put, adding quite a bit of distance to his former PR's and advancing further in the season then he had. The jumpers showed nice improvements, with all of them - Mark Cort, Khalil Fleming and Steve well over 41 - as well as hitting marks over 20 feet in the long jump. Andrew would post the top marks, as well as grabbing points in all of the championship meets, in the distance events running to top times of 14:51 and 31:13. Charlie Reighard continued his success from indoors as he ran to a 15:08 5k and 9:43 steeple as he, along with Dillon 9:35, Greg 9:42 and Dan 9:58 all were under 10 minutes. The lone school record of the year to fall was in the 4x800 as Nick Codola, Brent Harrison, Romey Sklar and Grimes would run to a 7:42 in the pouring rain at New England's. The 800 may have been the strongest event for the team this spring as Grimey ran under 1:53 for the first time while Matt, Romey and Brent all went 1:54 and then Jeff Seelaus ran 1:57 to go along with a 4:06 1500 and Matt Woop and Alex Durkee each were under 2:00. Fuss would score points at NESCAC's in the 10k with his sub 32 time, and also ran 15:11 in the 5k, as well as winning Little Three's in the 5k. Ralph would run the best time on the team in the 100 with his 11:48 while Matt would get the nod in the 200 and 400 as he ran to a 22.62 and 48:57 - earning valuable points at NESCAC's, DIII New England's and ECAC's.
2013-14 Season - What it could bring
The move to track should be smooth and fast, as Senior Captains Matt Melton and Javier Paulino will get their groups ready throughout the fall, and working hard throughout the season. Javy will be the leader of the sprint crew and will help Percie Gijima, Ralph Washington along with first years Jamie Sandel, Nathan Showalter as well as the sprint / jump trio of Khalil Fleming, Steve Hetterich and Mark Cort and others continue to show big improvements. The long sprint crew will be headed by 1:51 800 runner, Matt -elton, and he along with the rest of his group - Brent Harrison, Judd Liebman, Nick and Durk should certainly continue to see some great success and build upon this past season. Distance will be spearheaded by Charlie, Greg 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, and Dan Crowley, Alva and Gus, along with first years Raymond and Ben should all be ready to take their game to a new level, and continue to lower their PR's. Romey Sklar will be the front runner of the mid-distance crew, and looks to continue to show some big improvements and help the rest of his group including Lucas Lebovitz, Jeff Seelaus, Matt Woop and first years, Steven Lucey and Jesse Fajnzylber, prepare to take their levels up a notch or two. Josiah will start up with indoors and look to break 50 in the weight before really getting after his marque events outdoors - discus and javelin.
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