Most Recent Meet
New England DIII Championships
Performers of the Meet - Khalil Flemming and Thomas Matthew
This past weekend, the boys suited up and head east to compete at the DIII New England Championship at MIT. After a strong showing last week, everyone was ready once again to take full advantage of the strong competition, as well as the ideal racing weather. As with most large championship meets, it’s a two-day affair and on Friday night we saw first year, Justin Barry, get things rolling for the squad in the 10,000. With his first 10k coming a few weeks prior at the chilly and windy UMass Invitational, Barry toed the line with a large field on a near perfect night for distance racing. Getting off the line well and settling in with a solid chase pack, Justin hit the first mile in 5:07 and eventually came through halfway in 15:55, which was right on pace for a PR performance. Though shortly after 4.5 miles, Justin hit a small wall and target pace began to slip. But Justin would hang tough and he would soon right the ship to close hard in the final half-mile and cross the line in 12th with a new PR of 32:42.6. Earlier in the evening we saw sophomore, Nate Showalter close out his season with a 17.88 performance in 110H to take 21st overall. Twenty-four hours later we were back at MIT in search of more PRs on a picture perfect spring day. Looking to start the day off with a bang, Kevin Connors and Greg Turissini suited up to take on a competitive field in the Men’s 1500. From the gun, both Kevin and Greg got out well and positioned themselves comfortably at the front end of the race. Both would come through opening 400 around 62, and at the half we would see Kevin hit 2:05 and Greg right behind in 2:06. With 600m to go, Kevin would make a strong move to put himself right behind the race leader and come through 1200m in 306.8. Entering the final 200m, Kevin would put up two strong moves to challenge for the win, but unfortunately the leader was able to hold off each attack by Connor’s in the final stretch. Though he would have to settle for 2nd, Kevin had no reason to be upset as he crossed the line in a big PR of 3:53.3! Closing hard over the final lap as well, Greg took 5th overall in a strong season best time of 3:55.87. Keeping things rolling in the mid-distance events, the trio of: Brent Harrison, Romey Sklar, and Steven Lucey all stepped onto the track for the 800m. Leading the charge was Brent Harrison who battled well in the seeded heat and was rewarded with a new PR of 1:53.77 to take 3rd overall. In the previous section, we saw Romey Sklar also clock in a fine performance, as he took 4th in his section with a new PR of 1:54.56. Prior to Sklar and Harrison, Steven Lucey wrapped up his sophomore season with a 2:03.1 performance. While the Amherst men were busy on the track, Khalil Flemming was competing in the triple jump. After two mediocre first jumps, Flemming popped a season best mark of 13.34m on his third and final jump of the day! Entering the final stages of the meet, Jamie Sandel settled into the blocks for the 400H. Though he wouldn’t improve on his PR of 56.11 from last week’s NESCAC Championship, Sandel still turned in a very strong time of 56.33 to take 15th overall. Moving on to the relay portion of the meet, we had a strong 4 x 8 consisting of; Kevin Connors, Peter Horton, Jack Wesley, and Steven Lucey. Connor’s got things rolling with his 1:56 split, while Horton and Wesley held their own as they both split 2:00. Steven Lucey brought things home with 2:02 anchor split and brought the boys home in 7:59.7 for 12th. Closing out the day was Jamie Sandel, Harrison Haigood, Brent Harrison, and Thomas Matthew in 4 x 4. Due to some reshuffling of the relay for a variety of factors, TMatt would make his 400 debut which gave the guys the opportunity to compete. Jamie led off with a strong opener, but a hand-off bobble between him and Harrison set them back a little, but Harrison responded well with a huge leg, giving Brent an opportunity to throw down some speed as he handed the baton off to TMatt who ran a great 52 carry to bring it home. The boys held their own and the got the baton around to cross the line 3:27.1.Despite a small squad, the Men took 16th overall in the team race with a total of 18 points. A few competitors from this weekend will hang up the spikes for the season and kick up their legs for a little rest. While others will be in action once again next weekend at MIT for the Open New England Championship!