Amherst College Men's Cross Country and Track & Field




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Season Headlines

Runner-up finish at Little Three's Mohammed Hussein led the team, with a great effort by the guys behind him, to finish second at the Little Three's. Full Story

Mohamed Hussein NCAA and NESCAC Runner of the Week Junior harrier Mohamed Hussein earns both the NCAA DIII and NESCAC Runner of the week for his performance at the New England Championships Full NCAA Story and NESCAC Story

Solid performance at the New England Championships Mohammed Hussein's 5th place finish leads Varsity to a 7th place finish while Scott Nelson's runnerup finish leads the JV to a team win at the NEICAAA New England Championships. Full Story

Kevin Connors is the Student-Athlete of the Month Senior captain Kevin Connors earns the nod as the Atheltic Departments Student-Athlete of the Month for October Full Story

Farm Plus One - The team got dirty at the Book and Plow Farm on Saturday sorting onions, garlic and hot peppers. Full Story

4th at Purple Valley Mohammed Hussein makes his season debut to lead team with his runner-up finish as Cosmo Brossy and Steven Lucey earn Top 20 finishes to lead team to a 4th palce finish. Full Story

Season kicks off at UMass Cosmo Brossy finished in the Top 10 to lead the team to a 4th place finish at the Minuteman Invite to get the season officially under way. Full Story

Selwyn Maxwell Jr joins the coaching staff Former UConn Husky, Selwyn Maxwell Jr joins the program this fall. He is a former standout hurdler / sprinter for the Huskies and will be working with thsos event areas this season Full Story

Five members of T&F Team earn Academic-All American honors Chris Butko, Kristian Sogaard, Brent Harrison, Jeff Seelaus and Kevin Connors earn Academic All-American honors based on having a GPA above 3.30 AND being in the Top 35 of the NCAA Rankings. Full Story

Team earns Academic-All American honors With a team GPA at 3.49, the track & Field team again earned Academic honors as announced by the USTFCCCA Full Story


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Most Recent Meet

Little Three's -

Performers of the Meet - Kristian Sogaard, Vernon Espinoza and Spencer Ferguson-Dryden

For the final race of the season where the whole squad would be competing (after this we are racing in Championships with determined squad limits), the guys headed to Wesleyan for the bragging rights of Little Three's. With a great show of support from families and alumni, the guys were hoping to put an end to the winning streak that Williams has continued to pile on over the years but knew they had their work cut out for them. A variety of strategies based on the strengths of the squads in the past years have ultimately come up short, and a we took a different approach this year hoping we might be able to find a little magic but despite great efforts by the guys, the streak continues to grow. Mohamed, in an effort to help become familiar with a hard pace later in the season, had a plan to go hard from the beginning of the race and continue to press the pace while the rest of the guys would be content to race the race as it was dictated by others - a change from the past couple of years. While Mo started the first mile or so well, and to the plan, he would ultimately relax a bit and then end up running from the front while towing along 3 other runners and the free ride caught up to him at the end, as he was out kicked in the final stretch but still ran a solid time of 25:13. The rest of the guys did a little better job of focusing on racing the race as it would unfold, and a big pack was still intact through the 3rd mile as the pace was comfortable, and guys that might not usually be there were working hard to stay in touch and that helped with some break through races by the end. The bigger pack started to split in the last mile, as Cosmo responded to the first break with another Williams runner, and in the final straightaway was able to put a little distance on him to finish5th overall in 25:47. Those 2 opened a sizable gap to the next wave of runners - about 10 or so seconds back, and while we had hoped for some company to go with Cosmo, guys were doing a nice job of battling and Steve launched a huge kick at the beginning of the field that brought him from about 14th or so and moved all the way up to 8th and closing hard on 7th when he stepped in a hole and went down, losing his momentum and having to settle for a 10th place finish. Raymond came through in 12th, and led a pack of Amherst runners that were the next placings up to 16th with some time gaps but no people in between as Craig closed out the scoring in 13th, while Kristian, Justin and Scott had great races as they put themselves in contention. A couple of places and short time after, Tucker and Jake finished strongly in back to back places to be followed by a quickly improving Kevin Connors who is returning from a track injury that saw him have to sit out the season last spring and miss all summer training. Jack would come in just under 27 minutes, and had himself up in the fray early on which that experience should be helpful for the rest of the season. Ben used a strong kick in the final 200 meters to move ahead of a couple of runners including Spencer - who had a strong race hanging with out top group for the majority of the race an getting himself out of the comfort zone a bit. Middle distance aces, Jesse and Butko returned to action and came through in back to back places, the difference decided by the fleet of foot kicking speed of Jesse. The pairs continued, as Peter and Kevin came through together, both under 28 minutes while behind them, and both in the Top 50 Aaron and Ermias finished a place apart - with Ermias having a real strong second half of the race to move up from the back of the pack and put himself in contention. Jack got back in the swing of things after not racing this past weekend and looked solid in his return, and then to finish the day out, Chris and Vernon worked with each other throughout to come through with PR's for each - particularity impressive for the 800 guy Vernon who is focused on the XC season as a great strength builder for the track. When the dust had settled, despite valiant efforts across the board, the team grabbed a runner-up finish to the NCAA ranked #3 team and will look to try to close up some of the gaps in 2 weeks when we head to NESCAC. It was a beautiful day for competing and despite the horde of Yellow-jackets surrounding the tables full of food, it was also a great Family gathering afterwards that put a great ending on the day. The boys will take a break from racing this coming weekend, and then look to try and capture their first ever NESCAC Championship when they head up to Colby the week after.



Upcoming Meets

We will take the next weekend off before heading up to Colby the following weekend - October 29th - for the NESCAC Championship. They will be running on a new course that is off-campus, and will incorporate some of their Nordic Ski trails and should offer a good mix of terrain. The start time is set for high noon, with the ladies underway an hour later.

Jack Wesley'18 and Jesse Fajnzylber'17 battling to the line


Erik Nedeau, Men's Track & Field and Cross Country
Amherst College, Box 2230
Amherst, MA 01002-5000
413 542 8117 Phone, 413 542 2026 Fax
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