2002 Outdoor Track & Field Notes

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All results can be found in the schedule/results section
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NCAA - May 25th

While qualifying automatically in the 1500, 5000 and the 10000, first year phenom Carter Hamill raced only in the 5000. With a very deep field, including the defending champion from last year, last year's 1500m Champion, the NCAA XC champion from this past fall and a host of All-Americans, Carter shot into the lead right from the gun and led the first 9 laps going through the mile in 5:21, the 3k in 10:08, the 2 mile in 10:50. After the first mile, the race broke into a pack of 5 and shortly after the 2 mile it became a 3 person race with Mary Proulx of Keene St and Nicole Cueno of Grinnell and Carter. Carter would finish in 3rd place with a new personal/school record of 16:56.62 to earn her 3rd All-American honor this year. She finished 18th at the XC Nationals, won the 5000m at the Indoor Nationals, and now grabbed 3rd at the outdoor Nationals.

ECAC - May 16 & 17
Finals exams, papers, thesis defending, packing up dorm rooms and a rather strong wind did not deter both teams from hvaing a strong showing at the ECAC Championship. On windy thursday nite, Emily Lobsenz finished her Amherst career in victorious fashion as she raced a very determined 10k - leading all but one of the laps, and throwing in constant surges to run away from the rest of the field and win her first ever Championship! In the same race, Ali Dimon raced one of her best races to date, as she used the field to her advantage to help her grab a 5th place and All- ECAC honors. Day Two saw a lot more wind but Carter Hamill grabbed an automatic qualifying mark in the 1500 with a very strong race as she finished 2nd in a 4:36.96, which should seet her up nicely for the 5k at NCAA's this upcoming weekend. Aly Venti, grabbed second in her section with her best time of the outdoor season. Amie Shei capped her outstanding 4 year career with a 7th place finish in the 400, to capture All-ECAC honors and then anchored the 4 x 400 relay team of Annie Perez, Rebecca Woo and Laurel Kilgour to a 13th place finish. Laurel Kilgour led the 800m contingent with her 7th place finish, with Becca right on her heels in 9th and Annie Perez coming in 12th place. Erinn White grabbed 6th place in the 5000m despite having just finished her last final exam shortly before, and Helen Dole had another solid race in the 400 Hurdles to cap a great year.

A very strong wind on the backstretch made fast times a difficult task for the day but everyone competed extremely well. Jack Morgan raced an outstanding 800, as he made the moves that he needed to at the right times, and grabbed the final All-ECAC spot with his 8th place finish. Janak Chandrasoma grabbed 19th placein the 400, and Nathaniel Mahlberg capped an outstanding first year campaign with an 11th place finish in the 400 Hurdles. The three of them joined forces with Brian Hart to race to a 7th place finish in the 4 x 400 Relay.

Open New Englands - May 10 & 11
For the first time, the men and women competed in the combined Open New Englands Championships on a beautiful weekend for a track meet. The men got under way first with trials on Friday, and 16 was the magic number of the day as Jack Morgan raced in a packed group in his 800 and finished strongly in 1:57 and grabbed 16th place. Nathaniel Mahlberg raced  well over the intermediate hurdles and when all placings were finished, he too grabbed a 16th spot. Janak Chandrasoma had a good start in the 200 and he too would finish 16th overall. The final event of the weekend was the 4x400 relay, as Nathaniel, Jack, Brian Hart and Janak ran to their best time of the season but were only able to grab a 17th place finish, just missing a clean sweep of the 16's.

Carter Hamill was the only scoring runner for the women as she grabbed a runner-up finish in the 5k, and lowered her own school record in the process, just missing cracking the 17 minute barrier with her 17:03. In the earlier section of the 5k, both Erinn White and Emily Lobsenz lowered their best times of the season. The 800 was a hot event for the team as both Laurel Kilgour and Annie Perez both lowered their best times by more then 2 seconds, and each finished under the former school record, with Laurel's 2:16.87 besting Annie's 2:17.28. Becca Woo finished just behind with a 2:18. Amie Shei continued her sub 60 second streack in the 400 as she raced to a 13th place finish with a 59.76, and then anchored the 4x400 team of Perez, Kilgour and Kate Hamill to a 4:07 finish. Kate Hamill ran her fastest 400 hurdle race of the season, as she just missed cracking 67 seconds. Lee-Jay Henry missed making the finals in the 100H bu one place as she ran to a PR of 15.42, but had problems in the triple jump. A misstep landing on her first phase caused significant swelling and she was not able to complete her jumping. Aly Venti finished 2nd in her section of the 1500 runing a very strong race despite spending the large majority of time over the last few weeks in the pool due to injury.

DIII New Englands - May 4
The women competed at Springfield, while the men were at Williams, but both got to enjoy a sunny and warm day to compete on. The women finished 12th, while the men finished 17th. The 4 x 800 Relay quartet of Annie Perez, Diana Rancourt, Carter Hamill and Becca Woo grabbed the highest Amherst placing as they finished 2nd. Emily Lobsenz garnered a 3rd place finish in the 10k. Amie Shei, after being so close on numerous occasions, finally broke the 60 second mark in the 400 as she raced to a 59.79 and grabbed a 5th finish and also run a sub 60 leg in the 4x400 later in the day. Lee-Jay Henry raced to her personal best in the High Hurdles to grab 4th, and then, on her last jump moved from 7th into 4th with a new freshmen record and another NCAA provisional mark in the triple jump as she bettered the 37 foot mark. Rebecca Woo led the 800 crew as she finished 9th, and Laurel Kilgour raced to her fastest outdoor time to grab 10th, and Annie Perez broke the 2:20 mark for the first time as she grabbed 13th with a 2:19.68 in the second section of the 800. Carter Hamill dropping down to the 1500 grabbed an 8th place finish with a new freshmen mark and an NCAA provisional time with her 4:41 effort. Alison Rodriguez ran a strong race in the steeplechase despite being the first time with the long water pit.  Kate Hamill grabbed 13th in the 400H with Helen Dole coming in strongly right behind her.

Janak Chandrasoma grabbed All-New England accolades in three events to lead the team, as he finished 7th in the 200 and ran legs on the 7th place 4 x 100 along with Jay Wagstaff, Brian Hart and Matt Monteith, and then anchored the 4 x 400 team of Nathaniel Mahlberg, Hart and Jack Morgan to a 6th place finish. Nathaniel Mahlberg grabbed All-New England honors in the 110 Hurdles as he finished 7th in that event. Jack missed scoring by one place as he raced to his second fastest 800 ever, and Jay and Matt both raced well into the headwind of the 100 and grabbed 11th and 14 respectively, improving upon their seed places at the beginning of the meet.

NESCAC's - April 27-28
Despite braving Maine weather that was more suitable for winter then for the last weekend of April, both teams had a successful if nto cold and wet conference championships. Day 1 on Saturday was dry and sunny but the wind kept things very chilly, and then Sunday gave us snow, sleet, rain and temps that did not get much above 40 - we could have raced during the winter on nicer days. Despite all that mother nature had to offer, we got many outstanding efforts. The women grabbed 7th place over all and were led by several school record breaking performances. Carter Hamill knocked over 1:30 off of the former record in the 10k as she grabbed 3rd and automatcially qualified for NCAA's, and came back on Sunday to score points in the 1500 as well. Also in the 10k, Emily Lobsenz grabbed a 6th place finish while attaining a provisional mark for NCAA's and Ali Dimon ran a great race to neraly crack 40 minutes in her first 10k. The 4 x 800 team of Annie Perez, Kate Hamill, Rebecca Woo, and Laurel Kilgour grabbed 3rd place and knocked 5 seconds off of their school record time as they dipped under 9:25. In the 800m, Rebecca Woo lowered the schools record by 3 seconds down to 2:17.61 as she led a strong 800 charge by Amherst as Laurel Kilgour grabbed 7th place and also ran under the former mark, while Diana Rancourt adn Annie Perez ran to their fastest times of the year. Lee-Jay Henry grabbed runner-up honors in the 100 Hurdles, grabbed a 4th place in the long jump and also grabbed a 4th place in the triple jump along with adding her name to the record books as she surpassed the freshmen record in the TJ. Kate Hamill and Helen Dole each raced great in the 400 Hurdles and surprised many by grabbing 6th and 8th place points in addition to lowering their best times. Amie Shei grabbed a pair of 7th place finishes in the 200 and 400 and also ran great legs in both the 4 x 100 (Henry, Shei, Hamill and Kate Ferris) and the 4 x 400 (Perez, Kilgour, Hamill and Shei) relays that scored points. Erinn White just missed scoring in the steeplechase, a new event at NESCAC's this year.

Nathaniel Mahlberg led the men with his hurdling, as he grabbed a 4th place in the 400 Hurldes as he raced into a driving sleet storm yet still managed to run to his fastest time, and he lowered the freshmen record in the 110 Hurdles with his 15.28  and 5th place effort. The 4 x 100 team of Jay Wagstaff, Janak Chandrasoma, Brian Hart and Matt Monteith grabbed a 5th place finish, and the 4 x 400 team of Mahlberg, Janak, Hart and Jack Morgan capped the wintery day with a 4th place finish on a sleet covered track. Hart grabbed an 8th place finish in the 400, while Janak grabbed an 8th place finish in the 200m. Andy Schneider and Jake Cooper each lowered their fastest times in the 800, Gee Roe heaved the shot put to a season best, Alex Lenkoski raced well in the steeplechase in only his second time in the event, Matt Monteith had a great run in the 100m trials to drop his time considerably.

Little Three's - April 20
Getting the chance to compete on their home track and in front of millions of screaming fans, both teams had outstanding days to grab second and hold off Wesleyan. Despite late afternoon rain that made things a bit chilly and wet, we got a huge team effort and many outstanding performances and capped the meet with a victory in the men's 4 x 400 relay as Brian Hart, Jack Morgan, Nathaniel Mahlberg and Janak Chandrasoma held off a late Williams charge to win an exciting relay. Janak won the 400, ran a leg of the runner-up 4 x 100 realy with Jay Wagstaff, Hart and Matt Monteith, and came back to grab 3rd in the 200 before anchoring the relay to victory. Jay Wagstaff was all over the track as he put his versatility and heart to good test as he won the javelin on his last throw, grabbed runner up honors in the 100 and also grabbed points in the Vault, 200, Triple Jump and the 4x100. Nathaniel Mahlberg posted 2 solid hurdle races to grab runner-up finishes in both, and in the 400 Hurdles, Doug Norton ran an outstanding race to break the 60 second barrier. Alex Lenkoski and Zeke Phillips went 2-3 in the steeplechase. The 800 was a good race for us, as Andy Schneider broke the formerly elusive 2 minute barrier for the first official time, and Jake Cooper and Jamal Aaron also raced extremely well. Matt Katz nearly broke the freshman record in the 5k with his 5th place run, and Rusty Ryan continues to flirt with the 16 minute barrier. Gee Roe and Matt Birmingham both had solid days in the throwing events, as both threw for PR's in the discus and shot put.

The women got off to a great start in the first time run steeplechase event, as Erinn White and Aly Venti both made NCAA marks in their first attempt, and Ali Rodriguez qualified for the post season championships with her time as well. Lee-Jay Henry was a one women wrecking crew as she finished 2nd with a big jump in the long jump then won the high hurdles, grabbed points in the high jump before coming back to grab 2nd in the 100m, threw the shot and then capped the day with a win in the triple jump. Carter Hamill ran her first 5k since winning the nationals and proceeded to reset another record and qualify for the nCAA's with her meet record run of 17:20. Laurel Kilgour made a strong move before the 400mark and opened a big led and held on for the win in the 800m, Rebecca Woo grabbed a victory in the 1500 as she led a wire to wire affair, and Molly Burnett and Cecily Brewer both ran great races to finish in 5th and 6th. Amie Shei raced to runner up finish in the 200 with a season best time despite the pouring rain and finished 4th in the 400, and Annie Perez, running the 4 and 200 for the first time posted big number in both races as well. Helen Dole, using her multi event skills, grabbed points in the 100 Hurdles, long jump, 400hurdles with a big PR, triple jump, shot put and High jump. Emily Lobsenz and Ali Dimon had strong races in the 5k, in addition to showing their throwing prowess in the javelin and hammer respectively.Monica Westin raced well in both the 200 and the 400, as well as running on the 4 x 100.

Williams Relays - April 13
With a full complement of individual events and seldom run relay events, everyone got the chance to be a part of at least one relay in addition to their chosen events. Jack Morgan's run in the 800 was a highlight for the men, as he lowered his previous best time nearly 3 seconds to run 1:55. Nathaniel Mahlberg grabbed his second win of the outdoor season with his victory in the 400H and was also secoind in the 110H earlier in the day, and added a leg to the 4 x 400 relay of Brian hart, Janak Chandrasoma and Doug Norton that finished 3rd. Matt Katz grabbed a win in the rarely run Two mile event. The Sprint Medley relay of Hart, Jay Wagstaff, Chandrasoma and Morgan grabbed a 3rd place finish, as did the DMR team of John Stanton-Geddes, Wagstaff, Jake Cooper and Andy Schneider. Despite some baton troubles, the 4 x 400 realy of Wagstaff, Janak, Hart and Matt Monteith grabbed runner-up honors.

The women's DMR grabbed a victory and a new school record as Becca Woo, Amie Shei, Laurel Kilgour and Carter Hamill easily outdistanced everyone to run a 12:33 and break the mark that was set last year at the same meet. Carter easily won the 2 Mile to start the day, and Erinn White, Ali Dimon and Ali Rodriguez all grabbed Top 6 finishes. Emily Lobsenz ran away with the 5000m before showing her speed by running a 200 and a 400 leg in relay duty later in the day. Lee-Jay Henry finished a very close 2nd in the hurdles, her first time competing in them this year, and also grabbed a 3rd place inthe triple jump. Amie Shei grabbed 3rd place in both the 400 adn 200 events, posting excellent times in both. Ali Rodgriguez broke the 30 foot mark in the triple jump, Rebecca Woo grabbed a 4th place in the 1500 with Aly Venti just behind in 6th place. Laurel Kilgour and Kate Hamill placed 5th and 6th in a very fast 800, with Annie Perez just off of them.

Trinity Invite - April 6
The team headed south for a warm weather meet - well it was at Trinity and the warm weather did not happen, but it was still south. Emily Lobsenz ran to a new PR in the 10K and also got an NCAA Provisional mark in the process, as she finished second and broke the formerly elusive 38 minute barrier. Rebecca Woo grabbed a 3rd place finish in the 800 with a 2:21.09 time, and Lee Jay Henry was busy as she finished 6th in the 100, 3rd in the long jump and 4th in the triple jump. Carter Hamill finished in 6th in the Mile and in a later heat, Cecily Brewer won her section with a strong finish. Helen Dole, running the 400 hurdles for the first time, won her section and posted a great opening mark.

Pat Hayes finished 3rd in the high hurdles followed closely by Nathanile Mahlberg as both ran under the qualifying marks for the post season championships. Nathaniel came back later to grab a 3rd place in the 400 hurdles. Matt Katz broke the 16 minute mark easily in the 5k, Devin LoPresti raced well in the 400m in his first race since getting injured, Gee Roe and Matt Birmingham threw well in the weight events, Jay Wagstaff just missed making the finals in the 100 and also raced well in the 200, and Janak Chandrasoma raced well in both the 400 and the 200.

Conn College Invite - March 30
Both teams got their seasons started with the 7 team invite at Connecticut College. With the season just getting under way, a lot of the team were doubling in multiple events or running races that were above what they normally do as a strength test, and they fared extremely well. The women had three event winners on the day as Laurel Kilgour led an Amherst laden 800m to a 1-2-3 finish with a solid opening season time, and Amie Shei in 3rd recorded her best time in the 800; Rebecca Woo led the 1500 in a wire to wire victory; and Lee-Jay Henry dominated the triple jump with a solid opening mark to win that event. Carter Hamill finished 2nd in the 1500, Lee-Jay grabbed runner up spot in the long jump and a 3rd in the 100m, Diana Rancourt and Annie Perez grabbed points in the 800 and 1500, Ali Stahl finished in the scoring in the 200 and long jump. Erinn White, Emily Lobsenz, Ali Dimon and Cecily Brewer opened up with quick times in the 5k and then blazed to a near world record in the 4 x 100 relay shortly after. Monika Westin donned the uniform for the first time and opened up nicely in the 400.

Janak Chandrasoma was a double winner for the men as he posted very fastest early season times in the 200 and 400 to win those events handily.Jay Wagstaff tied for the win in the 100, Pat Hayes held off Nathaniel Mahlberg for the win in the 110 Hurdles and Nathaniel got a win in his next event, the 400 Hurdles. The 4 x 100 relay team of Wagstaff, Janak, Matt Monteith and Hayes cruised to win in 44.5 seconds. Andy Schneider, Jack Morgan and Jake Cooper ran to their fastest time in the 1500 and did double duty coming back in the 800. Jamal Aaron had the fastest time of the day for the team in the 800. Brian Hart returned from injury to open up well in the 400 and the 200, grabbing points in both events. Matt Katz and Zeke Phillips worked well with each other through the 5k and finished strong, as both nearly dipped under 16 minutes.