2000 Indoor Track Meet Highlights

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NCAA National Championships - March 10 & 11

(Student Article) & (Athlete of the Week)
Between the men and the women, we  headed to Illinois with 9 athletes - by far the most for us at an NCAA meet.

Nicole Campbell became the first woman to win a national championship for Amherst Track & Field, as she came through with her biggest jumps in her life. Coming into the meet with an indoor PR of 38-7, and an outdoor PR of 38-11, she opened up with a 40-5.5 bomb that would prove to be the winning jump! Her series of jumps also included another 40+ jump, and 5 jumps were at or better then her school record. Dini Pineda, running in her first NCAA, qualified for the 1500 finals with her 5th place in the semi-final and then placed 10th in the final. Katie Scangos, despite limited running due to her triathlon training in preparation for the World Championships in Australia in April, placed 9th in the 5000. The Distance Medley Relay of Laurel Kilgour (1200), Kate Hamill (800), Campbell (400) and Pineda (1600) finished in 8th place.

Bruce Perlow finally earned All-American honors, after a couple of disappointing close calls in the past years. After winning his trial heat, he came back the next day and ran a smart and aggressive race to finish 4th in the final and clinch his first All-American plaque. Jeff Willis, severely hindered by an injury to his achilles for the last 2 weeks, ran tough in the trial to make it to the final, but was unable to run the kind of race that he was hoping for in the final due to the pain. The Distance Medley Relay team of Nathaniel Robinson (1200), Jared Moshe (400), Willis (800) and Perlow (1600) got a solid leadoff leg from Natty to propel them to 7th place - a place outside of earning All-American recognition.

ECAC's - March 4

(Student Article) (Athlete of the Week)
As far as the teams performance, this was arguably the best day that we have had in recent memory for both the men and the women. The men started things off in the morning session, and then the women finished the day with the evening session.

Jeff Willis won his section of the 500m (finishing 2nd overall) in a new school record time, going through the 400 in a time that would have earned him 1st or 2nd in that event. Bruce Perlow returned to form after an off weekend, and led the 800 nearly the entire race until the last few meters. His time qualified him for the Nationals this weekend. Mike Morris ran his best race of the season, as he answered the moves at the right time and used his patented big finishing kick to grab a 3rd place finish. Jared Moshe, as he has nearly all season, won his section of the 400. Nathaniel Robinson ran a smart race in the 1500, and finished 4th in his section.

The Distance Medley Relay of Laurel Kilgour (1200m), Nicole Campbell (400), Kate Hamill (800) and Dini Pineda (1600) did not run any open events, opting to be fresh for the relay in hopes of running fast enough to qualify for this weekends nationals. What started as a 9 team section, became 5 at race time, and woudl soon become a time trial. Laurel ran with the pack through a sluggish 800 before breaking away and handing the stick in the lead to Nicole. Kate Hamill then got the stick and ran a tough 800 leg and handed the baton to Dini in second. Dini quickly ran into the lead and proceeded to  run by herself the last 7 laps ending with a new school record time of 12:13.05 and the last spot for the trip to nationals! Nicole, staying away from the jumps for the weekend, made the most of her 55m as she not only broke her own school reocrd but also qualified for nationals in that event as well. Annie Perez ran a 2+ second PR in the 800. The 1000m may have been our biggest event as turned the season around for a couple of runners and heads them into outdoors with renewed confidence. Courtney Jennings coming off a couple of rough races, ran up at the front of the race the whole race and finished wiht a big PR of 3:03 to earn 6th place and the top time for the team htis season. Diana Rancourt, who missed the fall with mono, ran her best race of the season as she barely lost her section in running a season best by nearly 9 seconds. Molly Burnett ran a season best in the 3000. In the 5000, Emily Lobsenz (who fell at the start) and Alison Dimon finished just off of their season best times.

Open New Englands - Feb 25-26

(Student Article)
The men and women both competed in their Open New England Championships - the men were at Boston University and the women were at USM. Dini Pineda was one of many highlights of the very successful weekend. She not only placed 6th in the mile but also broke the school record and qualified for the Nationals with her 5:04.31. She had a very strong race in the trials to qualify her for the finals, and then had her best race - to date - in getting her fast time. Nicole Campbell had another fine jumping weekend as she finished 2nd in the triple jump with 3 jumps over 38 feet and also finished 5th in the long jump with a season best of 17-5.5. Katie Scangos made a provisional mark for nationals with her 6th place run in the 5000, and Emily Lobsenz led the first 23 laps (in the 25 lap race) of the unseeded section of the 5k. Laurel Kilgour had a great trials race in the 800 with some gutsy inside running to make the finals and then earn All-New England status with her 8th place finish in a new PR. The 4 x 800 team of Jamie Newman, Annie Perez, Pineda and Kate Hamill finished with a season best time and earned 6th place. Jamie Newman ran a team leading time in the 1000, missing the finals by a mere .04 seconds. Alison Dimon ran her best time in the 3000 and Kate Hamil ran a great 500 - her first crack at the event.

The men were led by Jeff Willis' 3rd place run in the 800 in a national leading time of 1:51.30. Despite a rocky start, full of elbows, Jeff got himself back in position and ran a great last lap to contend for the win. Mike Morris returned to the 5000 and ran to a 10 second PR with his strongest race of the season. Pat Hayes ran to a new PR in the 55H and, like last week, missed the finals by one person. Jared Moshe had a strong race in the trials of the 400 but then proceeded to get better with each relay. The relays, the DMR and the 4 x 400, were highlighted by some great individual legs but the end results of both were not as expected. The DMR got a solid leg from Nathaniel Robinson to start things off, then an incredible leg by Jared in the 400 to move from 9th to 2nd, and then Jeff cruised a 1:51 to hand the stick in the lead. In the Mile relay, Jared again came up big as he lit up the field with his opening leg, only to watch the lead and the chance for a fast time fade despite a strong leg by Robert Long.

DIII New Englands - Feb 19

(Student Article)
The men and women both traveled to Maine - men at Bates and the women at Bowdoin for their DIII New Englands. The women's 8th place finish was spearheaded by Nicole Campbell's 20 point day - second in the triple jump, and 3rd in both the long jump and the 55m. Laurel Kilgour established a new school record in the 600m with her time of 1:40.66 erasing the 5 year old mark. Emily Dubinsky took nearly 30 seconds off her 5000m PR to place 8th, with Alison Dimon finishing just in front of her for 7th. Dini Pineda finished in 6th in the 1000, Kate Hamill and Annie Perez placed 6th and 8th in new personal records in the 800m. The 4 x 400 relay of Amie Shei, Nicole Campbell, Laurel Kilgour and Kate Hamill  placed 8th despite the exchange zone resembling a football field, as each runner ran into other runners from opposing teams who did not make any attempt to get out of the way. The 4 x 800 team of Jamie Newman, Courtney Jennings, Annie Perez and Dini Pineda avoided mishap and ran a season best time to place 3rd.

Jeff Willis - voted as the meets outstanding track performer - led the men, as he destroyed the old meet record in the 600m by nearly 2 seconds to win his first New England Championships - a stepping stone towards his goal of winning a national championship. The meet was marred by misfortune as Jared Moshe took a fall at the start of the 400m, taking himself and two other runners out of contention - one of them being Robert Long. The sand from the long jump had not been brushed and coming off the turn, he slipped on it and was sent sprawling into the next lane. Despite the cuts and scrapes, he led off with a huge leadoff leg in the 4 x 400 that would capture 2nd place. Mike Morris finished in 6th place in the 3000 with a seasons best time to earn All-New England honors. Max Woolf just missed making the finals in the triple jump, and Pat Hayes was the first non qualifier for the finals in the 55 Hurdles.

Smith Invite - Feb 12

(Student Article)
Both teams competed as a full team for the last time this season at the Smith Invite, as we now head into our championship portion of the season. Both the men and women had some big performances, despite a very long day at the track. The women's Distance Medley Relay of Laurel Kilgour, Nicole Campbell, Kate Hamill and Dini Pineda not only broke the school record, but also qualified provisionally for NCAA's. Nicole Campbell again proved big in the jumps as she started with yet another Long Jump win and then came back with her farthest indoor triple jump to date, a 38-8 which breaks her school record and qualifies her automatically for nationals. The 5000 was a good race for us as Katie Scangos finished 2nd and Emily Lobsenz finished in a season PR to finish 3rd. Katie Famous knocked a mere 23 seconds off of her PR. Lindsay Clarke finished a strong 2nd in the 55H equaling her season best time. Courtney Jennings ran a great race in the 1500 to finish 2nd in a loaded field, and Dini Pineda and Annie Perez went 2-3 in a great 1000m race. Jamie Newman (800), Laurel Kilgour (600), Kate Hamill (400) and Katherine Leahey(High Jump) all finished 3rd in their respective events. Alison Dimon, joined by Molly Burnett who returned to the racing scene after having been in the pool for the last 3+ weeks, both raced a great 3000.

The men were led by Max Woolf's Triple Jump breakthrough of 42 feet, a NE qualifier. Nathaniel Robinson cruised to a 2nd place run with a big PR in the 1500, Pat Hayes raced to a new PR in the 55 Hurdles to place 4th; Ben Kozyak went under 2:00 minutes for the first time indoors in the 800 to get 3rd; Jake Cooper dipped under 1:30 in the 600 to capture team bragging rights; Aaron Beim placed 2nd in the 5000; Greg O'Neill garnered 4th place in the Shot while Josh Ahearn set a new PR in the event.

Valentine Classic - Feb 12

Most of the men were at Smith, but we took a few of them to BU to try and get National Qualifying marks. Bruce Perlow started things off by winning his section of the mile in a NCAA Provisional mark of 4:15. Jeff Willis and Robert Long both raced the open 400, while Jared Moshe raced the 200 in his fastest time of the season. Mike Morris ran a strong run in the 3000. The 4 x 400 team of Moshe, Perlow, Long and Willis ran  New England leading time of 3:23.98 and look to improve that time this weekend.

Wheaton Invitational - Feb 5

(Student Article)
Proving that the Brandeis Invitational was not a fluke, the men captured meet honors at the Wheaton Invite with 107 points, while the women finished 2nd behind National Champions Wheaton College. Jared Moshe and Robert Long went 1-2 in the 400 with monstrous kicks down the straight-away in one of the days most exciting races. For Robert, it was the return to true form after an early illness that he has been looking for. Jeff Willis ran away with the 600, in a New England leading 1:22.03, and Bruce Perlow also ran a New England leading time in the 1000m with his wire to wire victory. I the 55h, Pat Hayes continues to improve on his time as he finished 3rd; Mike Morris used his patented last lap kick to capture 2nd in the 5k; Natty Robinson ran a big PR in the 1000; Ben Kozyak proved to himself what he can do with a big race in the 800 and then came back with an even better leadoff leg in the victorious 4 x 800 relay (another New England Leading performance). Jake Cooper raced to a 6 second PR in the 800, Greg O'Neill threw his PR in the shot put to finish 2nd and also earned points in the weight throw along with teammate Josh Ahearn.

For the women, Dini Pineda easily won the 1500 - actually running 1700 due to a mis-count in the laps, came back to finish 3rd in the 800 and then ran her fastest 400 in the 4 x 400. Annie Perez has become a middle distance force as she finished 2nd in the 800 with a PR of 3 seconds. Alison Dimon led the first 21 laps of the 5k, before being passed by  Brandeis runner, but she stayed on her shoulder and used a big kick in the home stretch to capture her first college win with a great time. Emily Lobsenz never looked back in the 3000 as she led the race wire to wire and showed the confidence that led her to the NCAA's last spring. Laurel Kilgour and Jamie Newman went 1-2 in the 1000, with Laurel ripping the last 200 to run one of the fastest times in New England so far. Kate Hamill finished 2nd in the 400, and then came back to anchor the victorious 4 x 400 (along with Perez, Kilgour and Campbell) with the days fastest split. Nicole Campbell captured the long jump - just missing a national qualifier, finished 2nd in the Triple Jump and then ran  to a new school record in the 55m with her 7.43

Terrier Classic - Jan 29-30

The Distance Medley Relay of Nathaniel Robinson - 1200, Jared Moshe - 400, Jeff Willis - 800 and Bruce Perlow - 1600 established a new school record and qualified for the National Championships with their 10:07.49 performance. The DMR is a new event at NCAA's this year and the top 8 fastest teams will get to run at the championships. Jeff Willis qualified automatically for NCAA's with his 1:52.29 run in the 800. Bruce Perlow just missed the qualifying mark with his 1:54.36 effort. Jared Moshe ran to a big indoor PR of 50.49 in winning his section of the 400.

Katie Scangos, in the middle of very intense triathlon training for the World Championships in April, ran the 5000 in 18:05 to finish 6th in her section. She went through mile splits of 5:35, 11:19 and 17:21 en route to her finish.

USM Quad Cup III - Jan 29

A couple of athletes competed at the Terrier Classic but the majority went up to USM's new facility to participate in the USM Quad cup against USM, Colby, Mt.Holyoke, UMass Dartmouth and Worcester St. The women finished 2nd and the men were 3rd in the overall scoring.

Nicole Campbell provided a lot of the pop for the women as she easily won her 3 events - the long jump, the 200 and the triple jump in which she qualified for the NCAA's with her final jump of 37-10. The most exciting race of the day was in the 1000, as Dini Pineda, Courtney Jennings and Annie Perez led from the start and came in together at the line in 3:07 for all three. Laurel Kilgour ran away with the 600, Kate Hamill did the same in the 800 (with a new PR in the process) and Jamie Newman, not wanting to be outdone by her fellow freshmen led the mile for 7.5 laps before being passed by a Colby runner who she then repassed right at the line for the win. Katie Famous set a new PR in the 5000 with her 2nd place performance. The 4 x 800 easily won in 10:02 to finish the meet.

Mike Morris used his patented kick to deliver the victory in the mile as he made up about 4 seconds in the last lap. Greg O'Neill set a new PR in the shot put as he won the event to go along with his 2nd place showing in the weight. Pat Hayes finished 2nd in the 55h losing a tight race at the line, but setting a new PR. Albert Lee led the 5k group with his strong mid race push, Robert Long is starting to come around as he finished 2nd in the 600 and ran a strong 400 leg on the second place 4 x 400 relay. Max Woolf finished 2nd in the Triple Jump as he went over 40' for the first time this season.

Brandeis Invite - Jan 22

For the first time in recent memory, both teams were victorious in a multi team invitational. While the emphasis and focus has been on the individuals, we were pleasantly surprised by the outcome of the meet as the women easily won and then men held off Brandeis to win the 15 team meet.

Nicole Campbell won 3 events - the Long Jump, Triple Jump and the 55, and also ran on the winning 4 x 400. Laurel Kilgour (800) got her first college win. Alison Dimon and Emily Dubinsky set their 5k PR's in their first indoor competition. Amie Shei (400), Kate Hamill (600), Jamie Newman (800), Diana Rancourt (1000), Molly Burnett (1500) and Katherine Leahey (High Jump) all earned runner up points. Both the 4 x400 and 4 x 800 Relays won comfortably.

Jared Moshe was a double winner as he outdistanced the field in the 400 and the 200, and then ran a leg on the winning 4 x 400 Relay for good measure. Jeff Willis easily won the 800 in a New England leading time. Bruce Perlow lost a tight 1500 right at the line but came back strong in the 1000 to run away with the race in the last lap. Pat Hayes got his first college victory in the 55 Hurdles in his first indoor race. Nathaniel Robinson ran a great 1500 to PR by a couple of seconds in winning the 2nd section by nearly 10 seconds.

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