2001-02 Indoor Track Meet Notes

Men's Depth Chart & Women's Depth Chart

All results can be found in the schedule/results section
Click on the (Student Article) for the article in the school paper
Most recent meets appear first, scroll down for our past meets and their respective writeups

NCAA's - Mar 8th (Picture on Podium)

On friday nite, first year sensation Carter Hamill ran a stellar race from start to finish and ran away with the race with 7 laps to go to win the National Championship in the 5k. She took control of the race after the 2nd lap and led the next 12 laps, before Maggie Hanson of Hamilton moved to the front for 3 laps. Carter ran right on her heels and the two opened up a huge gap on the rest of the field and it looked like an exciting two person battle, but when Carter made a strong move and took the lead coming up to 7 laps remaining, the Hamilton runner suddenly dropped out and it became a countdown of laps. Hitting splits of 5:29, 10:17, 10:58 and 16:33 for the 1mile, 3k, 2 mile and 3 mile, Carter cruised to a decisive win with another school record time of 17:11.93. She joins Bill Flannery (1500), Rob Mitchell(800 & 1500) and Nicole Campbell (Triple Jump) as Amherst College T&F National Champions.

ECAC's - Mar 1-2  (Student Article 1, 2-Stanton-Geddes, 3-Woo)
Both teams were together at Tufts for the ECAC championships which brought teams from all of the eastern states. The women finished a very impressive 5th place and notched two victories that both resulted in school records. Rebecca Woo took control of the 1000m from the first step and opened up huge lead as she went through the 800 in 2:20 en route to shattering the former record by more then 3 seconds to finish in 2:56.99. She then lead off the 4 x 800 relay with a super 2:19 leg and then watched as Carter Hamill, Kate Hamill and Laurel Kilgour easily disposed of the competition and raced to a new school record time of 9:26.99, breaking the 13 year old record. Amie Shei used a great home stretch finish to win her section in the 500, and finished 2nd over all. Laurel Kilgour qualified provisionally for NCAA's in the 800 with her 7th place 2:18.81 finish, and was followed closely by Kate Hamill, and Annie Perez and Diana Rancourt who both recorded their fastest times of the year. Carter Hamill grabbed 7th place in the 1500, and Emily Lobsenz did the same in the 5000 and then came back to run  a great 3000 along with Erinn White. Lee-Jay Henry PR's in the 55m on friday and then narrowly missed making the finals of the triple jump with her best jump of the year as she cracked 36 feet. The Distance Medley Relay team of Woo, Shei, Kilgour and Aly Venti again improved upon their times from the ast weeks but just missed hitting the auto time for NCAA's in finishing 4th. Helen Dole started the meet out by finishing 12th in the pentathlon earlier on friday.

John Stanton-Geddes ran to an NCAA qualifying time in the 1500 of 3:56.92 where he grabbed 4th and awaits word on whther or not he will get in with the provisional time. Jack Morgan won his section in the 800 with solid front running as he led his section from the gun. Andy Schneider had his best race of the season in full swing in the 1000 until he got tripped up with less then a lap to go while in 3rd place. Pat Hayes dipped under the 8 second barrier with his 7.98 clocking. The 4 x 400 team of Morgan, Doug Norton, Nathaniel Mahlberg and Janak Chandrasoma grabbed 15th place with their 3:29 finish.

Open New England's - Feb 22-23 (Student Article)
Both teams competed in the New England Championships, with the men at Boston University while the women were across town at Tufts, against all the schools in New England. The women were paced by Carter Hamill's dominant victory in the 3000m as she not only smashed her own school record by nearly 20 seconds, but also captured the first individual Open New England title for the women in school history. The distance medley relay, using another quartet of runners - Aly Venti 12, Laurel Kilgour 4, Kate Hamill 8 and Becca Woo 16, again improved upon their season best time and inched closer to the NCAA auto mark as they finished 5th overall. The 4 x 800 team of Annie Perez, Becca Woo, Kate Hamill and Laurel Kilgour grabbed a 5th place finish as well and ran their fastest time of the season, despite a dropped baton in the early stages of the race. Amie Shei narrowly missed the school record in the 500 ( missed by .16 seconds) but grabbed an 8th place finish to earn All-New England honors. Diana Rancourt and Becca Woo also grabbed the last All-New England spots as they finished 8th in the 1000, and Mile respectively. Erinn White and Emily Lobsenz ran strong in the 5000 to grab 13 and 14th place.

The men had a strong showing in the relays as the 4 x 400 (Brian Hart, Doug Norton, Nathaniel Mahlberg and Janak Chandrasoma ( 49. anchor leg) )ran to their fastest time of the season.  The 4 x 800 of Jack Morgan, Jamal Aaron, Andy Schneider and John Stanton-Geddes lowered their best time by nearly 10 seconds and got PR legs from Jack, Andy and John. Andy ran a great race in the 1000 during the trials and not only lowered his PR, but also earned his qualifying mark for ECAC's this weekend. John ran to his fastest mile time in the trials, and looks to improve upon that time in hopes of qualifying for NCAA's. Pat Hayes continues to flirt with the 8 second barrier, as he ran 8.03 but will certainly get under at ECAC's. Jack ran 1:59 in his trial section of the 800, but did nto advance to the finals.

DIII New England's - Feb 16th (Student Article)
Both teams entered the Championship portion of the season, with the women competing at USM and the men at Bates. The women, while not grabbing an individual win, were outstanding all over the track in numerous events and finished 5th overall. The DMR combination of Diana Rancourt, Amie Shei, Laurel Kilgour and Aly Venti got things started with a 5th place finish and improved their season best time with another NCAA qualifying mark. Carter Hamill added the 1500 to her collection of school records, as she raced to an NCAA mark of 4:40.75 to grab 4th place, while in an earlier section, Becca Woo grabbed 7th place. Erinn White had a tremendous breakthrough in the 5k, as she lowered her PR by nearly 30 seconds and grabbed 3rd place honors, with Sarah DeGraaf charging in behind to grab 6th place. Amie Shei earned All-New England honors with a season best time in the 600 to grab 5th. Lee-Jay Henry, wanting in on the point collection, long jumped to a new indoor PR and grabbed 7th place in the process. Laurel Kilgour grabbed the last All-NE spot in the 800 with a season best time, and Kate Hamill finished right behind her with her fastest time indoors. In the first heat of the 800, Annie Perez led wire to wire to run a season best time and make the ECAC mark. Aly Venti, doubling back from the mile leg of the DMR, grabbed 4th place honors in the 1000 with a seasonal best. Not content to do one event, Helen Dole wanted to do 5 of them as she competed in her first pentathlon of the season and grabbed the last scoring place as well as making her mark needed for ECAC in two weeks. Emily Lobsenz, grabbed All-NE honors for the 4th year in a row as she placed 7th in the 3000. The 4 x 400 team of Shei, Kate Ferris, Rancourt and Kilgour, put together 4 very fast legs (despite multiple races by 3 of them) and ran their best time of the year and grabbed 6th place. The 4 x 800 relay of Woo, Perez, and the Hamill's - no relation but both full of speed - ran to a runner-up finish and a very fast time in the days last event.

In the men's meet, Jay Wagstaff, not only PR'd in the 55m but also managed to make the finals and then grabbed All-New England honors with his 6th place finish. John Stanton-Geddes, shook off the effects of a fall in the beginning of the race, and after the restart, put himself in good position and closed hard, grabbing 4th and just missing the NCAA time. David Molina raced to a new PR in the 800, and earned a 6th place finish in the process. Janak Chandrasoma grabbed the final All-New England spot in the 400, and then teamed up with Brian Hart, Doug Norton and Nathaniel Mahlberg to grab 8th place in the 4x400. The men's highest placing came in the last event as Molina, Andy Schneider, Jack Morgan and Stanton-Geddes raced to a 3rd place finish. Pat Hayes and Nathaniel Mahlberg just missed the finals of the 55H, with Nathaniel lowering his PR in the process. Jake Cooper missed the finals by one spot in the 600, with his 1:26 clocking. Two of the distance guys - Matt Katz and Zeke Phillips - dropped down to team up with Cooper and Jamal Aaron in the DMR which placed 11th.

Smith Invite - Feb 9th (Student Article)
Running as a full squad, men and women together, for the last time this indoor season, the teams did very well in the excruciatingly long, drawn out meet that hampered warmups and race plans. Despite the delays, the teams turned ini many excellent performances - several atheltes qualified for the post season, while others showed that they are rounding into championship form. Carter Hamill, added another school record to her resume as she destroyed the former 5000m record by 20 seconds en route to qualifying for the NCAA's with her 17:15 clocking. Amie Shie, ran to a superb time in the 600 and captured her first college victory in the process, adn then came back with a blazing 200m and a great leadoff leg in the 4x400. Laurel Kilgour and Diana Rancourt went 2-3 in the 1000m with very fast times, while Alison Rodriguez gritted her teeth down the stretch and gave herself a birthday present by hitting the NE DIII standard and extending her season. In the same race, Marcie Griffith lowered her PR by nearly 5 seconds. The 800m, similar to last week, was more of a brawl then of a race, as Becca Woo - doubling back from the 1500, Kate Hamill and Aly Venti endured shoves, pushes, and chopped strides to turn in gutsy races. Cecily Brewer continued her strong season with another PR in the 3000m. Lee-Jay Henry had a busy day as she turned in soid performances in the long and triple jumps and then raced to a near victory in the 55m.

John Stanton-Geddes easily won the 1500 and in the process lowered his PR and was less the 3 tenths of a second off from the provisional qualifying mark for NCAA's, and for good measure came back to win the 800 later in the day in a new PR. Janak Chandrasoma - avoided the call home - and had a great meet as he took a narrow victory in the 400, won convincingly in the 200 and then ran the lead off leg in the 4x400 that would finish 2nd. Jack Morgan, battling with Jake Cooper and Doug Norton, took a hard fought win in the 600 with Coop and Doug finishing 2-3 - all running to season best times. Jay Wagstaff, blew out of the blocks in the semis and then got faster in the finals as he grabbed 3rd place and ran his fastest time of the season in the 55m. Eric Osborne and Jay came back later to grab 3rd and 4th in the 200m. Pat Hayes and Nathaniel Mahlberg ran to their fastest time of the season in the 55 Hurdles. David Molina ran unchallenged in the 1000 as he lowered his PR. Rusty Ryan grabbed runner up honors for the 2nd time this season in the 3000, as he lowered his PR by nearly 15 seonds. Zeke Phillips and Matt Katz worked well together in the 5k and grabbed 2nd and 3rd spots. Julius Nanna cracked the 40 foot mark in the triple jump, and fellow tripl ejumper Paul Whiting grabbed 5th place in his specialty before stepping up to the 400m. Brian Hart looks to be healthy as he returned to form in the 400m.

Tufts Invite II - Feb 2 (Student Article)
Both teams capped their meets with thrilling Distance Medley Relays. The men's team of Dave Molina 1200, Hanak Chandrasoma 400, Jack Morgan 800 and John Stanton Geddes entered the anchor leg in a tight group of 4 teams but John's finishing 800 of 2:05 was able to break it open. The women ran two DMR teams, and finished 2nd and 3rd but with both teams making the NCAA Provisional Standard. Becca Woo, Amie Shei, Laurel Kilgour and Carter Hamill ran to a 12:21.80 mark, while the B (if it could be called that) team of Diana Rancourt, Kate Hamill, Annie Perez and Aly Venti raced to a 12:37.99 time. Rusty Ryn nearly broke the 16:00 barrier in the 5k as he smashed his PR by nearly 30 seconds to get the ball rolling for the men. David Molina grabbed points in the 1500 with an excellent run. Nathaniel Mahlberg stepped up to the 500 and had a great race to grab 5th. Jack Morgan, despite being nearly taken down in the last back stretch was able to rally back and nearly win at the line in the 800 in a PR time, while John Stanton Geddes finished just behind him. Janak Chandrasoma grabbed 4th in the 400m, and Matt Katz and Zeke Phillips went 6th and 7th in the 3000 to pick up points there.

The 1500m may have been the most exciting of the race as Carter Hamill provisionally qualified for the NCAA's with her performance, and in a huge breakthrough race, Aly Venti was nipping on her heeels. In the earlier section Cecily Brewer and Alison Rodriguez both raced extremely well. While the racing was going on, Lee Jay Henry was at the long jump and grabbed runner up honors with her 16 foot plus jump, and then came back to grab 3rd place honors in the triple jump. Kate Ferris grabbed the 8th and final scoring place in the 400, despite running out of one of the "slower sections", and Amie Shei looked super strong and raced to a great time as well as runner up finish in the 500m in the next event. The 800 was a very physical, push and shove race that saw Laurel Kilgour take 2nd with Diana Rancourt 4th , Annie Perez 6th and Helen Dole all in close pursuit. Becca Woo, running unchallenged for the entire race, cruised to a new PR in the 1000 with an outstanding solo effort, while in the earlier heat marcie Griffith ran away to a big win as well. The 3000 was a lot of purple as Molly Burnett, Emily Lobsenz and Erinn White went 2-3-4 and Sarah DeGraaf grabbed 8th, all with outstanding times.

Wesleyan Invitational  - Jan 26 (Student Article)
Putting a cap on an extremely productive intersession, both teams competed at the Wesleyan Invite in a non-scoring 20 team invitational. Erinn White and Sarah Degraaf started out the day in PR fashion as they both raced under the 19 minute mark in the 5000m - a new PR for White and the first time under the mark for DeGraaf. Carter Hamill led teammates Molly Burnett and Diana Rancourt to a clean sweep of the 1500m, and then the trio joined with Aly Venti to run away from the field easily in the 4x800 relay. Aly Venti led wire to wire in the 1000m to grab a win, as Annie Perez finished in the runner up spot. Amie Shei ran a great open 400m, and then led off the relay with another stellar leg as they - Perez, Laurel Kilgour and Kate Hamill - grabbed third place honors. Kate Hamill ran to a 2nd place finish in her first 800 of the year, with Helen Dole (who woudl then heave the shot to a new PR shortly after) and Alison Rodriguez close behind. Lee Jay Henry had a great jumping day in the long and triple jump as she clossed in on an NCAA qualifying mark, and also ran a very quick 55m. Laurel Kilgour used a big kick to grab runner-up honors in the 600, and in the 3000, it was a pack of purple as Becca Woo, Cecily Brewer (in a big PR), Emily Lobsenz and Ali Dimon went 3-4-5-6.

John Stanton Geddes raced to a win in a solo effort in the 1000m, and then he came back to anchor the 4 x 800 team of Andrew Schneider, Jamal Aaron and David Molina to a thrilling victory down the stretch with his fastest split ever. Jay Wagstaff, in just his second indoor meet, grabbed 6th place in the 55m, and Pat Hayes and Nathaniel Mahlberg are showing that they are a hurdling duo to be reckoned with in the 55m Hurdles as they both grabbed points. David Molina led the 800m from the gun before being passed in the last 50m, yet still ran to a PR, and then came back with a very strong leg in the relay. Jack Morgan and Zeke Phillips ran 6-7 in the 1500, and then Jack came back off of short rest and won his section and finished 2nd overall in the 600m in a very quick time. Rusty Ryan had one of his best races to date as he grabbed runner-up honors and a new PR in the 3k. Paul Whiting grabbed some points in the triple jump and continues to flirt with the 20 foot mark in the long jump. Janak Chandrasoma grabbed Top 6 finishes in both the 200 and 400. Matt Birmingham lost bragging rights to T. Patterson in the 55m but did have a great day in the weight throw.

Brandeis Invitational - Jan 19
With full squads, Amherst officially kicked off its Indoor season at the Brandeis Invitational. Despite the tired legs and bodies due to the double sessions that we have been doing each day, the season got off to a great start. John Stanton-Geddes got things started for the men with his big PR run in the 3k to grab 3rd place while Julian Gibson was grabbing 2nd place honors in the shot put ring. Janak Chandrasoma grabbed points in the 400, the 200 and then came back to anchor the 4x400 (Brian Hart, Nathaniel Mahlberg and Doug Norton) to a runner-up finish. Doug Norton and Jake Cooper, running out of different heats, finished within .2 seconds of each other to grab 5th adn 6th place points in the 600. Andrew "Unit" Schneider had his best race indoors - to date - as he powered to a PR in the 1000 to grab points in that event, and then came back to join with John Stanton-Geddes, Ben Kozyak and David Molina to grab runner up honors in the 4x800. Pat Hayes grabbed a 3rd place finish in the 55 hurdles with a solid season opener. Dave Molina raced to a 5th place showing in the 1500 with a great opening time, and Zeke Philips cracked the 16 min barrier in his first try at the 5000. Paul Whiting and Julius Nanna went 3-4 in the triple jump, and Paul nearly broke the 20 foot mark in the long jump.

The women were led by Carter Hamill's school record breaking run of 10:09.59 in the 3000 - breaking the mark set last year by currently abroad Martha Nelson. Kate Hamill finished 2nd in the 600 with a strong time of 1:41.00 with Helen Dole just off the pace in 4th place. Laurel Kilgour and Annie Perez provided a 1-2 punch in the 800, Diana Rancourt (after missing last track season to studies abroad) returned to grab 4th place in the 1000m with Molly Burnett right on her heels. Emily Lobsenz and Cecily Brewer grabbed 3-4 spots in the 5000, with very fast opening season times and a PR for Cecily who also missed last season with studying abroad. Lee-Jay Henry opened her season up in fine fashion as she grabbed points in the long jump and triple jump in her first ever meet indoors. Becca Woo raced to an indoor PR in the 1500, as she finished 4th, and then came back to join with Ali Dimon, Aly Venti and Molly Burnett to race to an easy victory in the 4x800 relay. The 4 x 400 team of Annie Perez, Kate Hamill, Diana Rancourt and Laurel Kilgour, despite racing alone in the "slower"section, cruised to a win.

Holiday Classic at Tufts - Dec 8th
Both teams kicked off the start of their Indoor Track season at Tufts and had some impressive early season performances. The team was not at full strength as the majority of the team did not compete, as they have just come off fall seasons and either took a break or are just starting to get back into the training. While the numbers were small, those that competed were rewarded with good marks. Laurel Kilgour led the women's team with her runner up spot in the 1000, as she took the lead from the gun and held it until late in the last lap. Amie Shei finished fourth in the 600 with a personal record time, and Annie Perez had double duty as she place in the 1500 in her fastets indoor time and then grabbed a 6th spot in the 800, and led off the 4x400 relay. Noelle Noyes won her section of the 800 in her first ever indoor race. Helen Dole made her debut in the 1500 and showed her XC strength with a solid race, and then came back to compete in the triple jump, shot put as well as a leg of the relay - all in a days work for a pentathlete!

Janak Chandrasoma led the men with his 2nd place finish in the 400 with his fastest indoor time, and then placed 6th in the 200 and anchored the 2nd place 4x400 relay. Several freshmen made great debuts as Jamal Aaron got 3rd in the 800, David Molina was 5th in the 1000, Jack Morgan grabbed 9th in the 1500 and ran on the 2nd place 4x400, Julian Gibson was 7th in his first test with the college shot put, Doug Norton and Ed McCabe battled to 7th and 8th place finishes in the 600, and Nathaniel Mahlberg was 8th in the 400 as well as leading off the runner up team. John Stanton-Geddes grabbed a 3rd place finish in the 1500 with a great early seaosn time and then came back for 6th in the 1000m. Paul Whiting and Julius Nanna were busy with the jumps as they placed 4th and 7th in the triple jump as well as doing the long jump and the 55m. Eric Osborne grabbed a top 8 finish in the 200, as did Phil Jones in the 400 before running a leg of the 4x400.