Most Recent Meet
Performer of the meet - Jesse Fajnzylber
On Saturday, the men headed down to Wesleyan for the first ever Indoor Little Three Championship. It’s a meet that is usually put on during the outdoor season, but looking to shake things up it has been moved to the indoor calendar this year. Leading up to Saturday, the men of Amherst had been hard at work with early morning doubles, lifts, workouts, and community service. Despite the big workload, everyone was excited to get on the track and throw down some fast times and big marks. Kicking things off for Amherst were the trio of – Mark Cort, Khalil Flemming, and Steven Hetterich in the long jump. They would certainly hold their own as Cort would take top honors with a strong leap of 6.61m and Khalil would grab second with his jump of 6.41m. Hetterich would finish 6th with a respectable jump of 6.00m. After a strong showing on the jumps runway, it was now time to turn to the track for the men’s mile. Leading a long contingent of Amherst men from the gun, Romey Sklar and Jeff Seelaus battled up front with the race leader from Williams. Working well together for a majority of the race, Romey and Jeff would go onto finish together in 4:23.65 and 4:23.66 for 2nd and 3rd overall. Next across the line for Amherst would be Ben Fiedler and Mohamed Hussein in 4:32.6 and 4:32.7 for 7th and 8th. Scott Nelson would not be too far behind in 4:37.0 and making his collegiate debut would be Jack Wesley running 4:38.5. After the mile we would shift our attention to the 60H and watch Jamie Sandel power home to a PR of 9.01. Sandel would have little time to rest, as he would shortly return to the track with freshman teammate, David Ingraham, for the 400. Ingraham would lead the duo with his 51.85 2nd place finish, while Sandel would hang on for 3rd in 52.60. Heading back to the jumps runway, we would see Khalil and Steve taking on the triple jump. In similar fashion to the long jump, Amherst would go 1-2 with Khalil winning with a mark of 12.84m and Hetterich picking up 2nd with a leap of 12.54m. Back on the track, Nick Codola and Christ Butko were toeing the line for the 600. Once the gun went off they both wasted little time and got to work with a quick opening 200. Joined by a fellow Williams runner, Codola and Butko were together until the final 100m when Butko went wide to cross the line in first with a time of 1:24.41. Codola certainly wouldn’t waiver and finished right behind Butko in 3rd with a time of 1:24.63. After an exciting finish in the 600, it was time for Josh Young and Mohamed Ramy to take the track for the 60M. Young would go onto cross the line in 7.42 for 6th and Ramy would run 7.80 for 7th. Looking to keep things rolling, a strong contingent of Amherst men lined up the 800. After a slow opening lap, Brent Harrison had enough and took off from the field. No one would challenge Harrison and he would cruise to a 2:00.6 victory. Finishing shortly after Brent would be Kevin Connors in 2:03.8 and Jeff Seelaus in 2:04.2. Looking to put on another fine display of Mid-Distance talent were Jesse Fajnzylber, Steven Lucey, and Aedan Roberts in the 1000. Biding his time well, Fajnzylber made a strong move at 500 and churned home to finish in second in a strong 2:35.9. Lucey would be next across the line in 2:41.2 and Roberts behind him 2:42.3. After a fine showing in the 1000, we would see a big group of Amherst runners going after it in the 3k. Early in the race, Greg Turissini, Craig Nelson, Raymond Meijer, and KC Fussell worked well together at the front of the race. Not too far behind that contingent were Justin Barry and Cole Hawkins running strong. Around halfway, Turissini and Nelson would breakaway from everyone else and stay out front for the remainder of the race. Turissini would go onto win in a strong early season time of 8:43.9 and Nelson would take second with his 8:51.4 performance. Raymond Meijer would cross the line in 4th with a time of 9:01.3 and KC Fussell took 7th in 9:14.4. Not too far behind Fussell, Cole Hawkins turned in a fine performance of 9:25.1, while Barry was right behind in 9:28.9. As the individual events came to a close, we headed into the relay section of the meet. In the 4x8 we would see Jesse Fajnzylber, Christ Butko, Brent Harrison, and Romey Sklar overpower the field and easily win in a time of 8:13.7. Finishing the day of would be the 4x4 relay of Nick Codola, Jamie Sandel, Aedan Roberts, and David Ingraham. Despite some tired legs, the boys would run tough and finish in 3rd with a time of 3:31.36. With the first real meet in the books, the guys now have just a few more days of doubles before all their classes and work start up for the spring semester. We will certainly look to capitalize on that time and get ready for another strong showing at the Smith Invitational next weekend.