Most Recent Meet
Performers of the Meet - Steven Lucey, Harrison Haigood and Kevin Connors
Early Saturday morning, the Amherst men made the short trek west for the 2015 NESCAC Championship at Williams College. It was a bit chilly in Williamstown for most of the day, but with the sun shining and great conference competition the guys were more than ready to tackle the day. Starting things off for the team in the early morning was the trio of KC Fussell, Raymond Meijer and Mohamed Hussein in the 10k. From the gun, the race got underway relatively relaxed, allowing Mo and Raymond to settle in nicely at the back of the lead pack. As the laps began to tick off, Mo and Ray patiently remained in the pack as they clicked off 75/76’s and came through the first mile in 5:05, the second in 10:08 and third in 15:13. Eventually the field got down to business and a defining split amongst competitors occurred just around the 6k mark. At this time, Mo took off with the two leaders and Raymond worked at handling the chase pack. With a mile to go the race was really on—a Williams runner put down the hammer and left Mo to duke it out with a NESCAC foe from Tufts. Entering the final stretch, Mo injected one more move to take 2nd place and a new freshman school record time of 31:13.5. Behind Mo, Raymond fought hard over the last two kilometers and crossed the line in 10th place overall, earning a new PR of 31:59. Senior KC Fussell was the final Amherst finisher, taking 20th overall with a time of 33:33.6. As the distance guys were duking it on the track, the Amherst jump crew was soaring in the pit. In the first flight of prelims, Mark Cort and Khalil Flemming both put up strong season best marks of 6.46m, while Stephen Hetterich put up a respectable mark of 5.75m. After the conclusion of the second flight, Cort and Flemming both advanced to finals. While Flemming didn’t improve on his jump of 6.46m and eventually finished 7th, Cort jumped 6.64m in his last jump and took 4th overall. After strong action on the jumps runway, we then turned our attention to the backstretch for the 110H and 100 prelims. In the hurdle prelims, Jamie Sandel and Nate Showalter turned in solid performances of 16.66 and 17.50 to place 19th and 21st overall, respectively. Later in the afternoon, Sandel had a PR performance in the 400H running a fine 56.11 to take 9th, while Showalter came across the line in 59.50 for 22nd. Once the hurdles were cleared, Thomas Matthew and Josh Young settled into the blocks for the 100 prelims. In heat one, Matthew clocked in at 11.47 to finish 15th overall and, in heat four, Young ran 11.58 to take 19th. As the sprints came to a close, the steeplechase barriers were moved onto the track; it was time for the trio of Jeff Seelaus, Craig Nelson, and Scott Nelson to attempt season best performances in the 3k Steeplechase. Although all men were in the unseeded section, they nonetheless battled competitively for seven-and-a-half laps and put up great times. Jeff was able to out-lean and a Bates competitor at the line, clocking a 9:46.35, which was good enough for 7th place overall. Craig and Scott also had solid races, running 10:03 and 10:21, respectively. After the Steeplechase, the 4 x 1 relay quartet of Nate Showalter, Nick Codola, David Ingraham, and Thomas Matthew got on the track and cruised to a 44.10 for 7th place. The 1500m would be another strong showing for the men of Amherst. In the unseeded heat, Greg Turissini and Jack Wesley got ball rolling. Getting out hard, Greg made a strong final move at the bell lap to run 4:00.0 for 14th overall and Wesley hung tough to run 4:08.6 for 28th overall. The seeded heat was soon thereafter with both Kevin Connors and Romey Sklar. The pace was fast from the gun, but both fought hard and in the end both churned out PRs. Sklar took 5th in a time of 3:55.5, while Connors was right behind in 6th with his time of 3:55.7. Later on in the day, David Ingraham led the Amherst contingency in the 400m with his strong 50.9 performance for 12th. In prior sections, Nick Codola won his heat running 51.17 for 15th overall and Harrison Haigood competed well running 52.42 for 26th place. After strong representation in the 1500, the mid-distance trio of Steven Lucey, Lucas Lebovitz, and Brent Harrison was ready to tackle the 800. Finally rounding into form, Lucey turned in a grand performance running 1:57.3 to win his heat and take 15th overall. Senior Lucas Lebovitz started out well in the second section and crossed the line in a season best time of 1:59.7. Brent Harrison was the final Amherst competitor in the Men’s 800 and his performance certainly was a great way to cap off the mid-distance events. Harrison shot off the line quickly and gapped the field, hitting the 600m in 1:21. Over the final 200m, Harrison did his best to hang on and eventually crossed the line in 1:53.9 for 5th place. In the final individual event of the day, Dan Crowley, Justin Barry, Peter Horton, and Ben Fiedler were more than ready to tackle the 5k. Crowley was the top finisher for the team, situating himself in the lead pack for a majority of the race and crossing the line in 14:57.4 for 3rd. Fiedler was the next Amherst finisher in 15:29.6 for 15th, while Justin Barry ran 15:56.7 for 24th and Peter Horton crossed the line in 16:23.7 for 26th. Rounding the NESCAC Championship out were our relay squads in the 4x4 and 4x8. After a long day, Ingraham, Sandel, Haigood, and Lucey all pulled together to run 3:27.5 and take 6th overall in the 4x4. In the 4x8, Connors, Codola, Sklar and Harrison collectively stepped up to clock in big splits and carry the team to a very respectful time of 7:51.7 for 2nd place overall. When all was said and done, the boys took 8th overall in a very competitive team battle with 47 points (a 16 point improvement compared to the 2014 meet). For a quite a few Amherst athletes, the conclusion of NESCACs marks the end of the 2014-2015 season and it’s time for some quality rest. For others, the season continues next week at the DIII New England Championships at MIT.