Most Recent Meet
Cupid Challenge Feb 6th
Performers of the Meet - Steven Lucey, Justin Barry and Khalil Flemming
Despite a rocky start to last Saturday morning for the men of Amherst Track & Field, due to the late arrival of the bus, we would end our day at the Tufts Cupid Invitational with many strong performances and personal bests. This certainly bodes well, as we begin to enter the final stretch of the regular season and then turn our attention to championship meets. Though we arrived at the meet with less than ideal time to warm up for a 5k, our crew in the unseeded 5k remained composed and ready to tackle the task at hand. From the gun, Peter Horton, Tucker Meijer, Justin Barry, and Jack Wesley, took control of the race and traded off the lead during the early stages of the race. It wouldn’t be until the two mile mark when this quartet began to string out, as they came through just under 10:00 and Tucker Meijer took off from the front. After being out front for a few laps, Justin Barry would overtake Meijer with just 400m to and his quest for D3 qualifier. Barry would kick hard in the final two laps to not only win the unseeded section but notch a new personal best of 15:30.5. Tucker would hold on well after his strong move at two miles to take 2nd in 15:34.9, while Horton would close nicely to finish not too far behind in a PR time of 15:38.9. Competing well in his first ever track 5k, Jack Wesley stopped the clock in 15:49.6 and behind him would be Cole Hawkins in 16:10.1 and Aaron Zambrano in 16:13. While we had a strong contingency competing well in the 5k, Thomas Matthew was doing his part in the throws circle. Getting stronger and more proficient in the weight throw every week out, Matthew got the implement out to a new PR mark of 13.24m and finished 9th overall. First year, Sam Amaka also joined Matthew in the weight throw and put up a mark of 10.64. This duo would both compete in the shot put as well and Matthew led the way with a near PR throw of 13.02m, while Amaka set a big personal best of 12.94m. Thomas would close out his busy day with 7.29 in 60m and 5th place finish overall. Also shooting out the blocks in the 60m would be Josh Young at 7.46, Aziz Khan at 7.47, Stadtler Thompson at 7.53, and Hasani Figueroa round things out at 7.56. Taking on the 60H, Maxim Doiron made the most of his day by throwing up a PR of 9.26 and finishing 8th in the finals. After the fine showing in the sprints, we shifted our attention back to the track for the seeded section of the 5,000m. Specifically set up for a fast pace, the trio of Mo Hussein, Dan Crowley, and Jeff Seelaus, were well prepared and would just have to tuck in and hang on during the early stages. Similar to the unseeded section, the race took off right around 3k and Mohamed was well positioned at the front, while Jeff was working his race up to Crowley in the middle of the field. Trying his best to counter the effort set by the leader from Tufts, Mohamed would eventually have to settle for a second place finish with a very strong time of 14:36.6. After being a bit off the back in the early laps, Seelaus came home strong to run a strong new PR of 15:02.3, while Crowley finished in 15:14.1. At this time in the infield, Harrison Haigood and Jay Drain were representing the team well in high jump. Sophomore, Haigood got up to a height of 1.78m to 4th overall, while Drain cleared 1.68m to finish 5th.
Inspired by their teammates in the 5,000, our milers also took to the track in search of fast times. Turning in perhaps one of his best track races of his career, Steven Lucey stuck himself up with the leaders early on and never looked back. In the end, Lucey would rally hard in the final 200m and take second overall with a big personal best time of 4:17.07. Running well from the second heat, Jesse Fajnzylber ran 4:31.4 and behind him would be Jack Malague at 4:35.8 and Jacob Silverman at 4:36.0. Once the mile concluded, we would see David Ingraham as our lone competitor in the 400 and run a season best time of 52.13. Shortly after 400m, Kristian Sogaard would also be our lone competitor in the 600m and run quite well to take 2nd in 1:23.5. Getting into the later stages of the meet, our group of competitors would be a trio in the 800m. Doubling back from the mile, Jesse Fajnzylber was our first across the line 2:01.4, while Kevin Dooley finished in 2:04.2 and Jack Malague in 2:08.1. Despite missing the fast section of the 1000m, due to a slight misjudgment of the meet schedule. Kevin Connors soloed a 2:30.55 in the slow section and finished 2nd overall. In the first section, Brent Harrison competed well to 2:35.7 and Ermias Kebede was right behind him in 2:36.6. After the 1000, we would see David Ingraham led our sprints group once again and took 8th in the 200 running 23.59. Stadtler Thompson was right behind him running 23.76 and wrapping it up would be Aziz Khan in 24.23 and Josh Young at 24.71.Though he didn’t have any company from fellow men in black and purple, Cosmo Brossy got off the line confidently and turned in an excellent performance. Similar to the 5,000m and Mile, the 3,000 was a stacked and competitive race that got out fast from the gun. Not deterred by the fast early tempo, Brossy stuck himself in a pack just off the leaders and hung on. In the end, Cosmo exceeded expectations and put up an excellent time of 8:34.9 to finish 7th overall. Closing out our day at Tufts would be our 4x4 and 4x8 relays, as well as Khalil Flemming in the triple jump. After two early fouls and a mediocre mark to advance to finals, Flemming would finally find his flow in his last three jumps. In the end, Khalil wrapped up his day with a season best mark of 13.15m to finish fifth overall. Our 4x4 would churn out a respectful time of 3:35.07, while the 4x8 squad battled up front with MIT to dip under 8:00 and take 2nd in a solid 7:53.5.It certainly was a rocky start to our morning on Saturday, but in the end we had one of the best days at the track this season. This certainly gets us fired up for the week of work ahead and the last regular season meet of the year at this Saturday’s BU Valentine Invitational. We will be at the track all day, so definitely swing by if in the area and cheer the guys on!