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Season Headlines

Big performances at home for the NESCAC Championships Jeff Seelaus and Mohamed Hussein grab bronze in the steeple and 5k, while Chris Butko and Brent Harrison scorch the 800 to highlight a near perfect day for the NESCAC's right here on our home track Full Story

Mo sets new PR in the 10k at Penn Relays Competing against a field of largely DI and Open runners, Mo held his own to run a 30:05.88 and place 8th in the 10k. Full Story

Sogaard with the Win at Sunshine Classic Kristian Sogaard`19 grabbed the day's sole victory in the 1500 to highlight a great day of track and field at the Tufts Sunshine Classic Full Story

Great marks at the UMass Minuteman Invite Jeff Seelaus had the best placing of the day with his runner-up finish in the 1500 to highlight a day in which the team saw a slew of PR's broken. Full Story

Crowley breaks 5k school record Dan Crowley put his name in the record books with his 14:29.98 clocking in the 5k to highlight a great night at the Silfen Invite. In the same race, Cosmo Brossy set a new freshmen record in the 5k with his 15:03 Full Story

Four wins lead the way at home! Wins by Dan Crowley in the 1500, Chris Butko in the 800, Jeff Seelaus in the Steeple and the 4x800 relay of Butko, Lucey, Sogaard and Harrison lead the way as Amherst hosted the Spring Fling on Saturday. Full Story

The men get the outdoor season kicked off at Tufts Despite the not so spring like weather, the lads got the season rolling on Saturday at the Snowflake Classic at Tufts and had a lot of impressive performances. Full Story

Mohamed earns Top 10 finishes in 5k and 3k at NCAA's Mo grabbed All-American honors in the 5k on Friday night with a 7th place, 14:30 run and then finished 10th in the 3k with an 8:33 to put a solid finish on the indoor campaign. Full Story

Mohamed Hussein to compete in 5k and 3k at NCAA's Mohamed Hussein will compete this weekend in the 5k - on Friday at 5:25 - and Saturday in the 3k - at 4:25 at the NCAA DIII National Championships being held at Grinnell College in Iowa.

Mo hits 3k time for NCAA at Last Chance Mohamed took advantage of his Last Chance by running 8:19.85 in the 3k to advance to NCAA's at the Tufts last Chance meet. Full Story

Mo captures another NEICAAAA Title Mohamed Hussein ran away from the field in the 5k to easily win the title (also winning the 10k last spring), Chris Butko runs a big PR of 1:53.70 while the guys in the DMR ran under 10:00 out of the unseeded section to highlight the NE Championships. Full Story

Meet Record for the 4x800 at DIII NE The 4x800 relay of Butko, Espinoza, Sogaard and Harrison break the meet record set back in 1984 with their 7:48.06 victory. Full Story

Great performances for Valentines! The guys ran away with some awesome performances for Valentine's at BU including PR's and heat winning marks by Kristian Sogaard inthe 800 and Aziz Khan & Stadtler Thompson in the 200. Full Story.

2015-16 Alumni / Parent News Letter

PR's and Runner-ups at Cupid Challenge The guys competed hard in a very quality laden field at the Tufts Cupid Challenge, and were rewarded with a slew of season bests. While noone notched a victory, we finished 2nd in 5 events on the day. Full Story.

Fast times at Terrier and Boston The guys split squads as a few headed into Boston to compete at the Terrier Classic and posted some great performances while the majority of guys were at Springfield and knocked off PR's and even a school record in the 4x200. Full Story.

A 2nd place finish at Beynon Invite The guys grabbed a runner-up finish at the Beynon Invite hosted by Smith College on the strength of wins by Kevin in the 3k, Cosmo in the 5k as well as the DMR and 4x800 relays, plus a slew of great performances throughout the day. Full Story.

2016 gets underway at Little Three's The guys kicked off the New Year with the Little Three's at Wesleyan as Kevin Connors, Kristian Sogaard, David Ingraham and the 4x800 grab wins Full Story.

Track season kicks off at Smith Chris Butko picked up where he left off last year, as he grabbed the program's first win of the track season in the 800 Full Story

2 All-Americans at NCAA Dan in 24th and Mohamed in 27th lead team to a 10th place finish with their All-American winning performances Full Story

On to the NCAA The men grabbed 2nd place at the New England Championship - by a mere 1 point - to advance to the NCAA Championships. Mohamed grabbed the individual win in 24:39 while we had all scoring runners in the Top 25 Full Story

ECAC Champions!! Showcasing the depth of the program, the team was led by 3 runners in the Top 8 - Steven Lucey 2nd, Jack Wesley 5th and Justin Barry 8th - en route to capturing their 2nd ever ECAC Title Full Story

A 1-3 finish not quite enough to grab the victory at NESCAC's A huge day by Mo and Dan to finish 1-3; Raymond grabbing All-NESCAC honors and his brother Tucker finishing as the Top rookie were not quite enough to grab the overall win as the boys will have to settle for the runner-up plaque with a solid day of racing at Wesleyan. Full Story

A hard fought runner-up finish at L3's Competing on their home course, the men battled all the way to the end in a tight race against Williams but would come up just short. Mohamed led the way with a win, and despite 4 others in the Top 10 it was not quite enough. Full Story

A day off from classes so let's go and clear trails The guys headed down to the Emily Dickinson trails that connect the Bike Path and Groff park and spent a few hours clearing the trails that had become overgrown and difficult to pass.

Mohamed earns National Runner of the Week Honors for the 3rd Time On the heels of his runner-up finish at New Englands in 24:29, Mohamed Hussein garners his 3rd National Runner of the Week award. Full Story

Men earn Silver at the New England Championships Competing against teams from all Divisions, and racing on the historic Franklin Park course, the men grabbed the Runner-up Plaque with the best finish in program history. Mo and Dan grab Top 10 finishes, and the JV squad also grabbed silver Full Story

Mohamed earns multiple Runner of the Week Honors Again With his 2nd win in as many tries, this one at Purple Valley, Soph. Mohamed Hussein earns both USTFCCCA and NESCAC Runner of the Week honors Full Story

A Win at Purple Valley A strong finishing kick earned Mohamed the individual title, and with our Top 5 guys (Mo 1st, Dan 5th, Jeff 8th, Craig 12th and Raymond 16th) in the Top 16 of the race, the boys grab the team title by the smallest of margins Full Story

Mohamed earns multiple Runner of the Week Honors With his win at Umass, Soph. Mohamed Hussein earns both USTFCCCA and NESCAC Runner of the Week honors Full Story

Men get season under way at UMass With Mohamed's individual win and a strong effort behind him, the team got the season off to a great start finishing 2nd at the UMass Invite Full Story

Men T&F earn highest GPA in country and USTFCCCA All-Academic Team Honors With a team GPA of 3.55, the men nothced the highest GPA amongst DIII track & Field programs Full Story

6 Men earn USTFCCA Track & Field Academic All-American Honors Nick Codola, Greg Turissini, Romey Skalr, Brent Harrison, Kevin Connors and David Ingraham earn Acadmeic All-American Honors based on having a GPA above a 3.30 and being ranked in the Top 35 for Individual events OR on a relay ranked in the Top 20 Full Story

Men's XC Earns Academic All-American Honors With a cumulative GPA of 3.57, the XC team again earned Academic All-American honors, and had the 2nd highest GPA amongst teams competing at the NCAA Championships. Individually - Greg, Romey, Mo, Ray and Craig also earned Academic All-American honors based on a combination of GPA and Regional finish Full Story

It's On Us On Thursday, the College took a Pledge to Stand up to Sexual Assault called "Its On Us" and the team took the pledge, and got some coverage in the Springfield Republican Full Story

The Farm Feeds the Speed The TF & XC team got together to help put in some man-hours at Amherst College's Book and Plow Farm as a way to give back to the community and bond together. Full Story

Amherst College Ranked #1 for Best Value Washington Monthly has selected - based on a variety of criteria - Amherst College as the #1 "bang for your buck" college in the country. Full Story

Coach Ned article in Athletic Management magazine Coach Ned wrote an article for the magazine, Athletic Management, about student-athlete leadership Full Article

Amherst College one of best campuses to run Amherst College ranked as one of Top 50 Colleges to go for a run. Full Story


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Most Recent Meet

Penn Relays & NESCAC Championships

Performers of the Meet - Vernon Espinoza, Brent Harrison, Chris Butko and Thomas Matthew

Last week was certainly one of the busiest and most exciting times for Amherst Track & Field, as we had the great responsibility of putting on the 2016 NESCAC Outdoor Championship. In addition, we would also send Mohamed Hussein down to the famous Penn Relays to go up against a strong field of collegiate and post-collegiate athletes in the 10,000m. Starting off a big and exciting weekend on Thursday night, Mohamed would line up on Franklin Field against a large, competitive field for the Men’s 10,000 shortly before midnight. A little over twenty-four hours later, we would be kicking off the 2016 NESCAC Championship under gorgeous skies and at our home track. Our day would begin with the trio of Dan Crowley, Justin Barry, and Tucker Meijer in the 10,000m. Crowley would be the top finisher for the squad, as he sat in the lead pack for a majority of the race and finished in 5th place with a time of 31:23.1. Justin would take 19th with a time of 32:56.6 and Tucker was right behind 20th with a time of 33:14.7. Moving down to the 100m trials, Thomas Matthew would lead the way with a PR of 11.20 in the trials and an 11.24 in the finals to place 6th overall. Aziz Khan clocked in at 11.31 to take 13th and Hasani Figueroa ran 11.64 for 24th. Later on in the day, we would see Aziz run 22.64 in the 200 and Harrison Haigood clock in at 23.56. Closing out the morning portion of the meet would be Jeff Seelaus in the steeplechase. Getting out well and smoothly, Jeff would remain on the leaders shoulder for a large portion of the race. Despite falling off the lead, Seelaus hung tough and came home to finish 3rd in a new PR of 9:30.80.

Our afternoon would get underway with some 4x100 action and the quartet of Khalil Flemming, Aziz Khan, David Ingraham, and Thomas Matthew, who would get the baton around the track in 43.55 and earn a 7th place finish after they won thier section of the relay. In the 1500m, our crew would be lead by Jesse Fajnzylber’s performance of 4:04.98. Jack Wesley was right behind in 4:05.21 and Steven Lucey closed it out with a 4:10.62. Moving on to the 400m, Vernon Espinoza would throw down a quick personal best of 50.20 to finish 12th overall. David Ingraham was not too far back with his season best of 50.94 and Jay Drain rounded it out with a 54.9. Next up on the track would be the 800m and we would have Ermias Kebede, Jacob Silverman, Kristian Sogaard, Chris Butko, and Brent Harrison all chasing after fast times. In the early sections, we would see Ermias and Silverman put up times of 1:59.3 and 1:59.7 - with Ermi coming through the first 600 in a blazing 1:24 before the bear jumped upon his back in the homestretch. In the second fastest section, Brent Harrison would throw down in the final 200m to put up a new personal best of 1:52.71to win his heat and eventually finish 7th overall. Kristian Sogaard finished in 1:57.3 to take 16th overall. In the loaded seeded section, Chris Butko would have the difficult task of defending his home track against some of the nations best 800m runners. As the race came through the 400m in 54, Butko would bide his time behind the two leaders until the final 150m. At that time, Chris swung wide to try and secure a victory. Despite a valiant effort down the homestretch, Butko would come just short of the win to take a very hard fought 4th place and put up a big new personal best of 1:51.98 which also currently sits him at 15th in the country. While those on the track were getting it done under ideal conditions, Khalil Flemming was taking his final jumps on the home pit as he would hit 6 meters in the long jump and then made the finals in the triple jump with his 12.98 jump that would earn him a 9th place finish. In the shot put circle TMatt would finish in 13th place with a throw of 12.43 while Sam Amaka just missed breaking the 12 meter mark en route to his 16th place finish.

Nearing the end of the day, Mohamed Hussein would return from his 10K on Thursday night to run 14:50.9 in the 5K and finish 3rd overall. Joining Mo in the 5000m, was Craig Nelson and Cosmo Brossy who both fought well in the crowded, competitive field and ran times of 15:08 and 15:11 for 9th and 10th. Peter Horton also competed in the 5,000m and ran 16:00.9. Closing out our 2016 NESCAC Championship would be strong efforts from both our 4x400 and 4x800 relay squads. In the 4x4, we would have David Ingraham, Ermias Kebede, Vernon Espinoza, and Kristian Sogaard, put up a respectable 3:24.38 to take 6th overall. Our 4x8 consisted of Jesse Fajnzylber, Jeff Seelaus, Chris Butko, and Brent Harrison, which resulted in a 7:47.49 and 4th place finish. At the end of the day, the Amherst men would put up a total of 36 points to finish in a respectable 6th place overall. We were certainly pleased with the effort displayed by the team and we definitely enjoyed the fruits of our labor post meet with the wonderful spread provided by all the parents and family members. We now shift our focus to another week of working hard and getting ready to put up fast times and big marks at next weekend’s D3 New England Champs at Springfield College!

In addition to preparing for the hosting of our conference championships here at home, we would also send Mohamed Hussein down to the famous Penn Relays to go up against a strong field of collegiate and post-collegiate athletes in the 10,000m. Starting off a big and exciting weekend on Thursday night, Mohamed would line up on Franklin Field against a large, competitive field for the Men’s 10,000 shortly before midnight. Getting out comfortably, Mo would latch onto the lead pack and begin to click of 71s for the first half. Coming through halfway in 14:55, Mo would continue to look strong until around 7,000m where he would lose the lead pack and fall slightly off pace as he came through the 8k in a 23:56 and still on pace for a sub 30 minute finish. He would continue to make strong moves in the last mile and eventually come home in a big PR of 30:05.88 to easily secure a ticket to NCAAs at the end of this month. No rest for the weary though, as he finished his race right around midnight and then was time to focus on the 5k on Saturday at NESCAC's

 

Upcoming Meets

After putting on a great NESCAC Championship meet, we turn our attention to a little travelling down 91 this weekend to visit Springfield College for the DIII New England Championships this Friday and Saturday.

Jeff Seelaus in the Steepechase

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
email - elnedeau@amherst.edu