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NCAA - Mar 9 - 10th
Athlete of the Meet - Shauneen Garrahan'07
Looking to put the finishing touches on a great season, the six women who made the qualifying cutoffs went out to Indiana to compete at the NCAA's held at Rose Hulman. With one runner in the Mile (Shauneen Garrahan), 3 in the 5000 (Shauneen, Elise Tropiano and Heather Wilson) and the DMR (Caitlin Murphy, Carly Levenson, Maria Millard and Shauneen), the goal for the weekend was to return with a Top Ten finish and have everyone earn All-American accolades (finish in the Top 8). On Friday, Shauneen got her busy weekend started out by running a very smart race in the qualifying round of the mile and advancing automatically as she won her section with a time of 4:56.10. The night finished with the DMR and caitlin got things started with a big leadoff leg in the 1200, as she ran over 3 seconds faster then she had when we qualified and handed off the baton to carly after running 3:36 for the opener. Carly raced to a 60 second 400 leg and handed off to Maria in 7th place. Maria went after the leaders as she hit the 400 in 63 seconds, and was through the 600 in 1:36 and had closed the gap all the way to 4th by the time she handed the baton, after running a 2:13 800 leg. Shauneen paced herself, and by the 1/2 way point of the race, had moved into 3rd and would finish there, as the teams from UW Platteville and Tufts each bettered the NCAA record. The time of 11:44.91 that the team ran was good for a new school record, bettering the old mark by over 7 seconds. On Saturday, Shauneen - now on her 3rd race - raced on the shoulder of the race leader, Marcia Taddy, before putting in a big move to take the lead with 400m to go. The bold move left her as a target, but she was able to hold on for 3rd - just losing the runner-up spot at the line with a North Central runner - but running her 2nd best mile ever, in 4:51 and her 2nd All-American honor of the weekend. The 5000 closed out the weekend for Amherst, and it was a great way to finish as we had 3 runners in the race. The pace went out relatively controlled, as the first mile was hit in 5:31 and all three Amherst runners were within 1 second of each other and comfortably in the big front pack. Things started to spread out a little as the pace gradually picked up and Shauneen was now in a tight pack of 5 runners through 2 Miles in 10:52, while Elise Tropiano was in 7th through in 10:59 and Heather was leading the pack in the hunt for that final scoring spot in 11:05. Ellen Davis of Wesleyan made a big move with 5 laps to go, that would prove to be the winning surge, but Shauneen held her ground in the chase pack (all whom were fresh and not having run just over an hour earlier) and with 2 laps to go, Shauneen surged ahead of the pack and finished 2nd, running to a big indoor PR of 16:51. Elise finished 7th - her first ever All-American honor and also set her 5k PR, and Heather held off a North Central runner to grab the eighth and final scoring spot and earned another All-American award to go along with her XC one, as she also ran to her best time of the year. At the end of the weekend, the team had finished tied for 7th place with North Central, having racked up 23 points for the weekend!
ECAC - Mar 2-3rd
Athlete of the Meet - Harrison Lakehomer'09 & Caitlin McDermott-Murphy'09
The teams headed to Wesleyan to compete against other NE, NY, Pennsylvania and New Jersey schools in the ECAC Championships. With this being the final meet, aside from NCAA's next weekend, both teams were looking to wrap up a very successful indoor campaign. The women finished 6th overall, while the men finished 36th. The women, as they did at the DIII New England's, got a nice start to the meet in the 5k where Nicole Anderson and Katie Moravec grabbed 4th and 5th, with Laura Mortimer just outside the scoring places in 9th. Shauneen Garrahan tuned up for the NCAA Championships by lowering her own school record in the 1000 by over 2 seconds, finishing 2nd overall. In the same race, but in the unseeded section, Caitlin Murphy led wire to wire, running under 3:00 for the first time and winning her section by over 6 seconds. Sophie Galleher ran the 3000, and lowered her best time while placing 5th. In the 4x400, the relay team of Carly Levenson, Caitlin, Hannah Campbell and Maria Millard grabbed a 5th place finish. Before running the relay, Maria finished 10th in the 400 - again, just off of the school record performance. Carly finished 8th in the 500, while in an earlier section of the event, Kate Silverman ran her 2nd best time to finish 23rd overall. The men were led by Harrison Lakehomer's 4th place effort in the 3000 and the 7th & 8th place finishes in the 1000 by first year runners Tommy Anderson and Jimmy Swanson. Rom Cabeza just missed scoring in the 800 but did register another sub 2:00 run, while basile Beaty was also just out of the scoring in the 500 with a strong run in that event. Rom and Basile, joined with Keith Pendergrass and Sam Hayman to finish 14th in the 4x400, while the 4x800 team of Steve Stewart, Eric Glustrom, Kit Callahan and John Babbott missed scoring by one place, as they finished 9th.
New England's - Feb 23-24th
Athlete of the Meet - Romulo Cabeza'08 and Shauneen Garrahan'07
After having split up last week for DIII NE's, the teams were together at Boston University for the Open New England Championships for the Friday / Saturday meet. The women were looking to ride their momentum from the weekend before and post fast times, while the men were looking to rebound from a poor showing and compete to their abilities. The women got the meet started with the early session on friday (trials of the 1000 and below, and the 5k finals). In the days final event for us, Elise Tropiano and Heather Wilson finished 2-3 in the 5000 with both of them improving their times and jumping up significantly in the NCAA Rankings and hopefully securing their spots at the NCAA in 2 weeks. Carly Levenson etched her name into the school record books as she took down the 500 record that has stood since 1995, when ran a 1:18.66. Maria Millard ran a strong, tactical race in her qualifying heat of the 800 to advance to the finals on Saturday. Hannah Campbell ran to her best time of the year in the 400, while Laura Mortimer ran her 2nd best time ever in the unseeded section of the 5000. The men raced in friday's evening session, and quickly proved that they were ready to race. Harrison Lakehomer did a lot of the grunt work leading the race in the unseeded 5000 but ran his 2nd fastest 5k ever. Nate Freese, racing in the seeded section dropped over 10 seconds from his previous best time, and just missed breaking 15 minutes, as he ran great. Rom Cabeza had a break through race in the 800 as he got out aggressively and never looked back as he hit the qualifying mark for ECAC's and a big PR, while in the heat before him Steve Stewart raced to a big PR as well. Jimmy Swanson and Tommy Anderson, running in separate heats of the 1000 both threw down their fastest times of the year. Basile Beaty posted his best time of the season in the 500 heats, and then came back to run the 400 leg of the Distance Medley Relay along with Jack Kiley, Kit Callahan running under 2 minutes for his 800 leg, and then Carlyle Eubank finishing off the relay with his 4:17 leg.
Saturday's portion of the meet, was a more traditional men and women, rather then the separate session, and the teams continued what they started on Friday. The women were led by a very strong double by Shauneen Garrahan who started her day with a runner-up finish in the mile in an NCAA Automatic time, and then came back less then 2 hours later and raced to a New PR in the 3000, where she would finish 6th overall. Maria Millard, having qualified for the finals of the 800 the night before, put herself in a good position during the more tactical race then expected but was able to finish strong in the last lap to grab 4th and improve her time, just missing the school record in the process. She would get some redemption in the record book department in the 4x400 as she had a big anchor leg to help Carly, Hannah and caitlin Murphy break 4 minutes in the relay to break the school record by over 2 seconds and qualify provisionally for NCAA's. Caitlin lowered her best mile time bo over 6 seconds, as she grabbed 11th overall and qualified provisionally for NCAA's while in the same section, Sophie Galleher dropped her best time 7 seconds and just missed making the cut for NCAA's. In the unseeded section of the 3000, Nicole Anderson and Katie Moravec finished 2-4, with both of them running their best times of the year.
The men looked very strong in the mile where Carlyle raced to the win in the first unseeded section, and just missed breaking 4:20 while coming in just behind him, in a new PR, was Will Bell - who also hit the ECAC mark to extend his season. In the next section, John Babbott raced to his 2nd best time ever, despite being laid up by the flu all week long and only able to do an extremely limited amount of running. Daniel Murner used a big last lap to get under the 9:00 barrier in the 3k, running is 2nd best time ever. The 4x800 relay ran into the only snafu of the day - unfortunately, that snafu was the track as Rom (in the lead off spot) got clipped from behind and went down hard on the railing of the track yet was able to get back up and finish the race, handing off in a courageous 2:12 leg and the gutsy effort inspired the next 3 legs as Jimmy, Jack and Sam all raced hard to get back into the race, and despite the fall, ran 4 seconds faster then they have this season. The 4x400 relay got a strong lead off leg from Keith Pendergrass, and then Basile, Kit and Steve finished things off in their best time of the year.
DIII New England's - Feb 17th
Athlete of the Meet - Harrison Lakehomer'09 and the Women's Team
With the invitational / regular portion of the season finished, the teams headed into the Championship season, with both teams heading to maine for the DIII New England's - the women heading to USM and the men to Bates. The women were looking to continue their streak of finishing in the Top 3, and hoped, despite a significant number disadvantage, to challenge for a Top 2 finish. When the dust had settled, and the day was over, the squad finished 3rd with 93 points - the most ever scored by an Amherst team and only a few points shy of the runner-up spot. They started and finished the day in the same way - with a win. The DMR of Sophie Galleher, Mary Doris Reggie, Molly Priedeman and Caitlin Murphy raced great and held off all others to grab the win. The 4x800 relay of Molly, Caitlin, Shauneen Garrahan and Maria Millard finished the day with a come from behind victory to bookend the championship in winning style. Elise Tropiano grabbed the lone individual victory for the team, as she won the 5k in an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 17:24, and the event would prove to be the most successful for the team as Nicole Anderson (3rd), Katie Moravec (5th) and Laura Mortimer (6th) would all run to their best times of the year en route to racking up 23 points. Elise would return later in the day to grab 5th place points in the 3k, an event in which Heather Wilson returned to Championship form in grabbing 3rd lace, just missing breaking the 10 minute barrier. Maria just missed breaking the school record in the 600, as she ran to a great time of 1:36.30 and grabbed runner-up honors, and she would warm-up for the event by joining with Hannah Campbell, Carly Levenson and Kate Silverman in the 4x200 where they finished 6th. Shauneen finished 2nd in a very tight battle in the mile, and then came back to finish 3rd in the 1000, while Sophie would run to a 10th place finish in that. Caitlin, in the middle of her winning relay legs, also grabbed valuable 3rd place points in the 800 in a smart, tactical race. The 4x400 relay of Hannah, mary Doris, Carly and Kate grabbed a 3rd place finish in that event, and on the day, the relay teams accounted for an impressive 29 points of the teams total. Jennifer Rybak completed her first collegiate pentathlon, placing 6th overall and clearing 5'0 in the high jump, significantly improving upon her jumps from earlier in the season.
The men were led by Harrison Lakehomer's 3rd place finish in the 5k - an event that took until well after the meet to sort out (and still having problems with the actual results) due to a clock and lap malfunction. With a lot of the team battling illness - either the onset or trying to shake it - the efforts were great, but the results were not necessarily indicative of it. Basile Beaty grabbed 4th in the 600, while Sam Hayman would grab the final scoring spot in the 800 with his 8th place finish. The 2 would join Keith Pendergrass and Thomas Foote to finish 11th in the 4x400. The 4x800 team also grabbed the final scoring place, as Rom Cabeza led off with a solid opener, and then Eric Glustrom, Jimmy Swanson and Will Bell finished it off with their best time of the season. Will was just outside of the scoring in the mile but did run to a new PR, while Jimmy was a few steps behind him. The DMR battled some very bad luck, as lead-off leg, Jack Kiley got tripped up in the middle of his race and would get up and run valiantly, but we were not able to really get back into the race yet, still managed to place 10th as Steve Stewart, Kit Callahan and Carlyle Eubank tried to reel in the other teams.
Valentine Classic - Feb 9-10th
Athlete of the Meet - Eric Glustrom'07 and Carly Levenson'09
The team's headed to Boston to race on the fast track of Boston University in the Valentine Classic - with the men on Friday and the women competing on Saturday, in the last meet before the championship portion of the season gets under way. Taking advantage of the fast, banked track combined with excellent competition from all three Divisions and many "open" athletes, both squads came away with a ton of championship qualifying marks and new PR's. The men's Distance Medley Relay of Carlyle Eubank, Basile Beaty, Sam Hayman and John Babbott finished 11th, winning their section handily. John finished 26th - the best placing for an Amherst athlete - in the mile, running to a huge personal best of 4:15.42 and just missing the provisional mark for NCAA's. In later sections of the mile, Will Bell improved his best time of the season with Jimmy Swanson right on his heels. Tommy Anderson had a great race in the 1000, as he ran under the qualifying marks for NE's and ECAC's and then, in the next section, Jack Kiley - returning from a little injury layoff, showed no ill effects as he blasted to a section win and his best time ever in 2:33, with the duo finishing 40th and 38th respectively. Nate Freese lead the 3000 runners, as he continues to impress in his senior year with yet another PR, this time dipping under 8:40 for the first time. Harrison Lakehomer had a nice breakthrough and just missed breaking the 8:40 mark while Mike Harbus lowered his best time again. In a later section, Daniel Murner and Rich Wilson both broke the 9:00 mark for the first time, while Joe Addison had his best race ever to win his section and just missed breaking 9:00. Sam Hayman posted the team's top finish in the 800, as he ran to a 1:57, while Eric Glustrom - returning from Colorado that afternoon, had a huge race in a later section of the 800 to earn the athlete of the meet for the team. Steve Shashy posted his best marks of the year in both the 400 and in the 200, while Pat Benson was hot on his heels in the 200. The 4 x400 relay of basile, Kit Callahan, Steve Stewart and Sam finished 20th overall, and ran their fastest time of the season.
The women's Distance Medley Relay team of Caitlin Murphy, Carly Levenson, Maria Millard and Shauneen Garrahan posted a runner-up finish in their event (run on Friday night), and got great legs from all four runners and posted an NCAA Qualifying mark in addition to running the fastest time in the country to date. Shauneen placed 7th in the 5000 with a big improvement in time from her early season qualifying time - leading every step of the way, as she won the 2nd section, and heather Wilson finished 14th, and qualified provisionally for NCAA's. Maria - coming off of an outstanding 800 leg the night before, dropped 3 seconds from her pervious best time in the 800, to qualify provisionally for NCAA's and place 14th. In the same event, it was a day of seasonal bests as Caitlin, Molly Priedeman, mary Doris Reggie and lauren benson all raced to their best times. Elise Tropiano nearly broke 10 minutes in the 3k, as she continues to enjoy a breakout season. Also in the 3k, Kim partee returned to the track with a great debut in the 3k, while Laura Mortimer ran a big PR and Nicole Anderson, Katie Moravec and Liz Dalton all raced to their best marks of the year. carly, in addition to running a fantastic 400 leg on the DMR, raced to a new PR, and a 17th place finish in the 500, while kate Silverman, Mariana Palacios and Hoiwan Cheung all raced to their best marks. Jennifer Rybak, despite nursing a hamstring injury that threatened to keep her from competing, posted her best times of the year on both the hurdles and in the 200. Sophie Galleher nearly broke 5:10 in the mile with a great run in that event, in which she placed 33rd. The 4x400 relay of Hannah Campbell, Molly, Mary Doris and Maria raced to their best time of the season, and before the relay, Hannah posted a great run in the open 400.
Tufts Invite #3 - Feb 3rd
Athlete of the Meet - Jimmy Swanson'10 and Caroline Darmody'10
For the 3rd time this winter, the teams traveled to Tufts to race against 13 other teams. With classes back in full swing, the team looked markedly different then they had the week before, and clearly the legs found a bit of recovery with the absence of double practices. We got a lot of PR's, and many championship qualifiers, and with one last meet to hit marks for the post-season, the hope is to see the numbers of qualifiers increase. The women placed 4th in the meet, while the men finished 7th overall. Shauneen Garrahan had a hand in the day's only victories for the women, as she dominated the 1000 (running the fastest time in New England so far) and then came back to lead the DMR team of Molly Priedeman, Sophie Galleher and Caitlin Murphy to a convincing win to put a close on the day. Maria Millard, coming back from illness, ran great legs on both the 4 x 200 and the 4x400 relays (along with Kate Silverman, Carly Levenson and Hannah Campbell in each) and then in the middle of the day, also finished 2nd in the 400 - just missing the school record. In the 400, it was a very strong event for the team as Carly, Kate, Mattie Baker and Caroline Darmody all raced their fastest times of the year, and a particular breakthrough for Caroline. Katie Moravec and Laura Mortimer finished 2nd and 4th in the 5k, while Liz Dalton grabbed points in the 3k, where she finished 5th. Caitlin finished 6th in a very competitive 800 race, while Sophie ran the 1000 for the first time, finishing 3rd in a very fast debut.
First year Jimmy Swanson hit the qualifying standards for DIII New England's and ECAC's in the 1000, where he finished 4th before teaming up with carlyle Eubank, Rom Cabeza and Will Bell to finish 5th in the DMR. Basile Beaty, like Jimmy, captured a 4th place finish in the 600 in his fastest time in 2 years, and then joined up with Steve Stewart, Kit Callahan and Sam Hayman to finish 7th in the 4x400 relay. Sam returned to the 800 for the first time this winter, and grabbed a 6th place finish as he ran well under 2:00. Will, before anchoring the DMR, grabbed a 5th place finish in the 1000, and in the 600 - Kit had a real nice race to finish 9th while in the later section, Thomas Foote ran a PR to finish 16th. Carlyle lowered his seasonal best in the 3k, as he finished 6th in a tightly bunched race, while in the next section, Peter Foote would crack the 9:00 barrier, and coming in behind him with their best times were Robert Boley, Will Fairhurst and Stephen Grigelevich. The 5000 was split into 2 sections, and Rich Wilson ran to a new PR in the early section, while Mike Harbus, nate Freese and harrison Lakehomer finished 5th, 6th and 8th - with only 4 seconds separating them, and John babbott coming in shortly after. Steve Shashy ran his best 200 of the season. Joe Addison tuned up for his business venture to Chipotle's by hammering the last 400 of the Mile and running to a new personal best time of 4:35.
Terrier Classic & Wesleyan Invite - January 26-27th
Athlete of the Meet - Will Bell'10 and Peter Foote'09 & Mattie Baker'09 and Sophie Galleher'10
With the majority of the team competing at Wesleyan on Saturday, a few women and men made a trip to Boston University to compete in the highly competitive Terrier Classic in search of fast times and great competition. The women's meet took place on Friday, and despite the 3rd and final week of intersession practice weighing on the legs and bodies, they posted some very solid times. Shauneen Garrahan reversed her double from last week - this week running the 3k first, and then coming back in the mile 2 hours later. She placed 12th in the 3k, running under 10 minutes and then, in the mile, finished 2nd in her heat, and 13th overall with a time that just missed the provisional mark for NCAA's. Elise Tropiano dropped over 20 seconds from her personal best in the 5k, as she ran a great race and qualified provisionally for the NCAA meet with her time of 17:34. In the same section, Nicole Anderson made her return to the track successful as she just missed breaking 18 minutes. Caitlin Murphy finished 21st in the mile with her run of 5:10, while Heather Wilson finished in the same place in the 3000, running 10:14 and Sophie Galleher - in the same race - ran to a fast time of 10:31. The men's highest placers at BU came from the 3000 runners, as Nate Freese, Mike Harbus and Harrison Lakehomer finished 1-2-3 in their section, with all of them running their best times ever and placing 39th, 46, and 47th respectively. Daniel Murner, running in the section after them, finished 64th, just missing breaking the 9 minute barrier. The other 4 Amherst competitors all raced in the mile, with John Babbott posting the team's fastest time of 4:21 to place 44th, and then the first year trio of Carlyle Eubank, Will Bell, and Jimmy Swanson running together in a section and all finishing well under the DIII NE qualifying mark, and Will and Jimmy both posting their fastest times ever.
With intersession finally coming to an end, and with it, the close of double sessions and an overload of work and strength, the team was looking for big marks at Wesleyan. Perhaps due to the splitting of the squad, but most likely, the tiredness of everyone's bodies from the work that we have been doing, we did not have the type of meet that we were hoping for. With the return to classes, and single practice sessions, the team should see the effects of the work we have done, and be fresh and ready as we head into our final two regular meets before the championships get under way. Despite the fatigue, some solid performances were achieved. The women were led by Liz Dalton's 3rd place finish in the 5000, where she solidly got under the DIII standard. The 4x400 team of Carly Levenson, Mary Doris Reggie, Jennifer Rybak and Molly Priedeman finished 3rd. Carly, Molly and Mary Doris finished 4,6 and 7th in the 500 earlier in the day while Jennifer was busy in the hurdles and jumps. mattie baker had a nice day as she ran a fast 55m and also posted a surprisingly quick time in the 200. Hannah Campbell continues to drop her times in the 400, as she has been lowering them by nearly 2 seconds a race. Laura Mortimer finished 7th in the Mile, while doubling back in the 1000 with an 8th place finish, while Katie Moravec did the same double, finishing in 13th and 8th. The men were led by a runner-up finish by Peter Foote in the 3000, where he ran well under his previous best time, as well as a 5th and 9th place showing by Rich Wilson and Joe Addison (also setting a new PR) in the same race. The team got 3rd place finishes by Rob Boley in the 5k - just missing breaking the 16 minute barrier - and Sam Hayman in the 1000. Tommy Anderson had the top time in the mile for the team, and then had a very nice lead-off leg in the Distance Medley Relay, as he helped his teammates Kit Callahan, Steve Stewart and Steve Grigelevich finish 6th. Thomas Foote posted an 11th place finish in the 800, just in front of Basile Beaty and Eric Glustrom's 12th and 14th place finish.
Tufts Invite #2 - January 20th
Athlete of the Meet - Nate Freese'07 & Elise Tropiano'09
The team traveled back to Tufts - this time for a scoring invitational against 16 other teams. While not focused on the scoring aspect of the meet, the women came away with a runner-up finish while the men grabbed 4th place. Finishing up the 2nd week of intersession training (one week remaining), the legs were certainly tired, but despite the amount of work that the athletes have been doing, we had a great meet and got a lot of fantastic performances. Maria Millard led the team with 2 individual wins - one in the high hurdles, and the other in the 500 where she just missed breaking a 14 year old school record - and then joined with Sophie Galleher, Carly Levenson and Caitlin Murphy to finish 2nd in the DMR, and also finished 3rd in the high jump!. Shauneen Garrahan grabbed a win in the Mile (leading a 1,2,5 & 7 finish as Caitlin, Heather Wilson and Sophie all came in right after) and then came back to finish 2nd in the 3k, with Elise Tropiano running a big PR to finish just behind in 3rd, with Heather is 4th, and Laura Mortimer running a big PR as well to grab 6th. The 4 x 400 Relay of Kate Silverman, Molly Priedeman, Jennifer Rybak and Mary Doris Reggie finished 2nd, and before the relay Molly and Mary Doris both had very strong runs in the 800, as both runners ran to their fastest times ever. In the 500, Carly grabbed a 4th place, while kate grabbed 7th. Hannah Campbell finished in the scoring in the 200, as she captured 6ht place and also helped the 4 x 200 relay team of Cameron Farkus, Kate and Carly to a 5th place finish. Jennifer grabbed points in the triple jump, as she placed 7th, and also finished 8th in the high jump to grab the final scoring place. Lauren Benson ran a strong race in the 1000 and finished 7th to pick up a couple of points.
The men's lone victory, as it did last week, came from John Babbott - this week in the 3k as he raced to a great time in his first crack at the event, and was followed closely by a strong Amherst contingent as Nate Freese knocked 20 seconds off of his best time en route to a runner-up finish, Mike Harbus, Daniel Murner and Robert Boley finished 3, 5 and 8, while in 10th and 11th, Will Fairhurst made his indoor debut and Willy Sego ran his first real race ever. The mile was another strong event for the team as Will Bell and Jimmy Swanson finished 2nd and 3rd, with Will breaking 4:30 and Jimmy just above the barrier, and in 6th and 8th were Mike and Carlyle Eubank. Sam Hayman , Peter Foote and Joe Addison, also running in the mile, had great races despite the mile being an off event for all of them. The Distance Medley relay of Jimmy, Will, Steve Stewart and Jack Kiley finished 3rd, and we had 2 other teams in the top 8 - though only the first one factored into the scoring. The 500 was exciting as teammates Thomas Foote and Keith Pendergrass battled all the way to the line, finishing 10th and 11th - with less the 2 tenths of a second separating them. Jack finished 6th in the 1000, and Basile Beatty had a strong last 400 to move up and grab the final scoring spot.
Tufts Invite #1 - January 13th
Athlete of the Meet - John Babbott'07 & Maria Millard'07
While holding out the majority of the distance runners from this weekend's action, the rest of the team got the new year started at the 1st of 3 meets at Tufts. The meet was a non-scoring meet, and with the amount of work that the team has been doing in the past week, it was not a meet in which big things were expected due to the fact that we were purposely training through and using this meet as a competitive workout more then as a real competition. Despite the work from earlier in the week and lack of expectations, we got some very notable performances. Maria Millard led the women's team as she finished 2nd in the 800 - the first collegiate runner - and just missed breaking 2:20, while also anchoring the 4x800 relay team of Carly Levenson, Molly Priedeman and Kate Silverman to the team's lone victory of the day. Caitlin Murphy bumped in distance, running the 3k and finishing 3rd before coming back to run a strong 1000, and anchor the 4x400 team to a 6th place finish. Carly, Molly and Kate - before running the 4x800 - finished 3, 6 and 7 in the 400m. Cameron Farkus made her track debut, and was the team's first finisher in the 200 and just missed making the finals in the dash - where Hannah Campbell would place 12th. Jennifer Rybak finished 7th in the long jump, as both she and Maria made the finals. Mary Doris Reggie grabbed 10th place in the 600, while Lauren Benson won her section of the mile.
John Babbott knocked over 20 seconds off of his best time in the 5000, as he easily outdistanced the field to take the lone victory on the day for the men. Coming in behind him were Peter Foote and Rich Wilson. Carlyle Eubank led a s strong group of first years in the 3k, as he placed 4th and was well under 9:00 while Will Bell and Jimmy Swanson posted solid times in 12th and 17th place. The three would come back later in the 1000 and finish in 8th (Will), Jimmy 9th and Carlyle 12th. Keith Pendergrass grabbed 8th in the 400, nearly winning his section, before joining up with Thomas Foote, Kit Callahan and Steve Stewart to place 3rd in the 4x400 relay. The 4x800 relay of Jack Kiley, Bell, Swanson and Eubank finished 3rd as well. Rom Cabeza and Kit were the team's first two finishers in both the 800 and Mile, where they placed 8th and 9th in the 800 and 9th and 13th in the mile respectively. Thomas Foote, before running on the relay, finished 10th in the 600.
Husky Invite - December 2nd
Athlete of the Meet - Shauneen Garrahan'07 & Steve Stewart'09
While only bringing a limited squad, the teams kicked off their 2006-07 Track season at The Husky Classic, run at the Reggie Lewis Track in Boston. A few of the athletes carried their fitness from the XC season, while the majority were the sprinters who were using this meet as a test of their fitness and seeing where they were at after training for the past few weeks getting strong. Shauneen Garrahan and Kim Partee went 1-2 in the 5000, with both hitting NCAA provisional marks, as they ran 17:24 and 17:29 respectively, while Heather Wilson finished 4th with a time of 18:08. Maria Millard grabbed a 3rd place finish in the 800, as she raced aggressively from the gun and sped to a time of 2:22.77 while in the same heat, Carly levenson would grab 11th with a nice, opening season time of 2:28. The 4x400 team comprised of Maria, Carly, Jenny Mancino and Molly Priedeman finished 7th with a time of 4:13.49. Jenny grabbed 21st in the 200, to go along with a 41st in the 55 dash before helping the relay team. Kate Silverman was the first Amherst runner across the line in the 500, as she finished 15th, with Molly coming in just a few steps later in 16th, and first year, Hoiwan Cheung finishing 20th. Other first years, getting their chance to make their college track debuts, were Mary Doris Reggie who would finish 12th in the 1000; Jennifer Rybak who posted the top time in the 55 and also ran the 200; Amanda McGinn who doubled up in the 55 and 200; and Mattie Baker and Caroline Darmody who competed in the 400 placing 16th and 25th.
The men were led by Steve Stewart's 10th place finish in the 800, and he also anchored the 4x400 relay of Keith Pendergrass, Thomas Foote, and Rom Cabeza to a 10th place finish. Rom had a solid day, not to mention a busy one, as he placed first for the team in both the Mile and 1000m, as First year runners Kit Callahan and ben Klein doubled up in those events as well, with Ben winning his section of the mile. Thomas made his track debut, as he joined the track team for the winter, before he will return to the lacrosse team, and looked strong in the 800 as he ran 2:03. Keith, in addition to his strong lead off leg in the relay, also made his college debut in the 500 as he ran a strong race to crack 70 seconds. Geoff Stricsek and Steve Shashy went head to head in the 200 and the 400, with each of them out-dueling the other one time, before then working together in the 4x400 B relay.
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