About Amherst Men's Cross Country and Track & Field

2012-13 Season - How it unfolded 

The Fall:

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 Winter:

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.

The Spring:

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

Graduation will hit a little harder then in past years, with some consistent performers and phenomenal leaders moving forward in their lives, and this should provide great opportunity and challenges for everyone else. This fall for cross country, the men will be returning 6 of their top 9 from last year, and all have spent at least some time in the scoring ranks so we will have experience returning that will offset the losses from graduation and we will be looking for a rebound from last year. Greg Turissini was the top runner for most of the year and should step nicely into that role this year again, but should get plenty of support from classmate KC Fussell, along with the trio of senior captains in Charlie Reighard, Alva Morales and Gus Greenstein. A pair of juniors in addition to Greg and Fuss, who could make a big impact and showed nice improvements last year are Romey Sklar and Lucas Lebovitz - Romey started out under the radar but worked his way into the Varsity 7 at the end of the year. Sophomore Dan Crowley earned All-ECAC honors last fall, and a great track campaign should have him poised to make big contributions, and classmate Jeff Seelaus had a good start to the fall and a great finish to track, so combining the two should yield great results. Several first year runners including Raymond Meijer and Ben Fiedler could see some time in the scoring ranks but will be able to work into it without the pressure of needing to come through immediately, and make a nice transition to the longer college racing distance.

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.

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 adn 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 medallists.  As an athlete, Ned was a Junior Olympic medallist 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 medallist 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, and in turn the program.  Ned and Amy got married in the summer of 2003, and have a 7 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 November 2nd at Conn College while Track will be at Colby on April 26th.

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!! Each year, we have the Little Three Championships, that like the NESCAC's, is hosted on a rotating basis. This year Wesleyan will be the hosts for XC while we will be hosting for the track championships on our new track.

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.