Amherst College Sports Information Web Page Write-ups
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NCAA's - Mar 15th
Performer of the Meet - Elise Tropiano'09
Ohio Northern played host to the NCAA Division III Championships March 14 - 15th, and Heather Wilson and Elise Tropiano went out to Ohio in search of returning with All-American accolades for the 2nd year in a row in the 5000m. Despite having a 4 x 400 and a DMR that qualified provisionally, and Peter Harrison provisionally qualified in the Mile, Heather and Elise were the only ones that made the the cut. Last year, the duo finished 7th (Elise) and 8th (Heather) at the Indoor Championships in the 5k. This years race was quite a bit different then last years, as the pace was very fast right from the very start. Heather went with the early leaders, while Elise laid off the early pace but was still at the front of the 2nd pack, as they went through the first mile in 5:15 for Heather and 5:24 for Elise. In the 2nd mile, Heather was still in contention for Top 3-4 as she went through in 10:57 while Elise was at 11:04 but the quick early pace started to take its toll on those who had gone with it. Running the last few laps together, both Elise and Heather were able to hold on to the final 2 All-American spots (Top 8 earn the honors) as they would replicate their feat from last year, in finishing 7th and 8th. For each of the runners, this was their 5th All-American performance and a great cap to the indoor season.
ECAC's - Mar 7 - 8th
Performers of the Meet - Daniel Murner'10 and Hallie Schwab'11
Harvard played host to the ECAC Division III Championships March 7-8 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and the team took advantage of another opportunity to run against fast competition. Peter Harrison (2nd in the mile in 4:13.81) and Jimmy Swanson (7th in the 800 in 1:55.06) essentially matched their breakthrough performances of a week ago, despite running on a slower track this week. Though Harrison narrowly missed qualifying for the NCAA Championships, he had the second-fastest time by a freshman in all of Division III this season. Swanson, a sophomore, lowered his open 800 best by .03 of a second this week, and a total of nearly three seconds this season. Also turning in a breakthrough performance was sophomore Daniel Murner, who finished second in the 3000 in 8:38.25, a 16-second improvement over his best time last year. Junior Peter Foote ran a gutsy race as well, making a big move mid-race and finishing ninth in 8:50.23, just off the PR he set a week ago. Mike Harbus had a bit of an off day, but finished 15th in 8:55.32, and John McGrail put in a good effort despite being sick, struggling home in 27th place. The 4x880 yard relay team of Tom Anderson, Jimmy Swanson, Peter Harrison and Ben Read placed 17th in 8:10.90 with Read running his best split (2:05.4) of the season.
On the women’s side, the distance medley relay squad of Zandra Walton (3:46.1 1320y), Susie Wasserman (60.4 440y), Carly Levenson (2:20.5 880y), and Heather Wilson (5:04.5 mile) finished second in 12:11.86. Though they earned a provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Championships, they came up just short of getting into the meet. In the open mile, Elise Tropiano ran a PR of 5:08.70 in a tactical race. In the 5000, Nicole Anderson ran a well-paced race to finish eighth in a season-best 17:55.23. Hallie Schwab ran her best race of the season and finished 13th in a PR of 18:15.41. Kim Partee struggled a bit after running a fast early pace, but she held on to finish ninth in 17:58.98. Liz Dalton fought hard despite having an off day and finished 20th in 18:57.17. Cate Knuff was unable to finish the race after suffering an asthma attack. Susie Wasserman ran a great 500 to win her heat and finish fifth overall in 1:19.56. She was followed by Carly Levenson (1:19.86 for ninth) and Mary Doris Reggie (1:20.29 for 14th). The 4x800y relay team of Hoiwan Cheung (2:25.2), Zoe Pagonis (2:28.9), Zandra Walton (2:22.0) and Mariana Palacios (2:30.1) scored some points with their fourth-place finish. The 4x220y relay squad of Kate Silverman, Jennifer Rybak, Emily Dick, and Kat Loomis finished 23rd in 1:52.41. The three girls in the 500, joined with Kate Silverman to run the Mile Relay and finished 12th.
Open New England's - Feb 29th / Mar 1st
Performers of the Meet - Jimmy Swanson'10 and Carly Levenson'09
This weekend’s Open New England Championships marked a good opportunity for the team to face some good competition on a fast track. Many of the Amherst runners came away with PRs, and in some cases, provisional qualifying times for the NCAA Indoor Championships. Heather Wilson provided a highlight for the team with a 17:11.88 victory (and PR) in the 5,000. She had some help with the pacesetting duties early on from Elise Tropiano (who would finish fifth in 17:38.28), but her competitors late in the race were content to sit on Wilson and let her do all of the pacesetting work. Wilson proved to be too strong for her competitors, gradually burning them off over the final few laps and kicking to a New England title against runners from all three divisions and improving her NCAA qualifying time. After last weekend’s baton mishap, the women’s 4x400 meter relay wanted another crack at a good time, and they were able to deliver. Susan Wasserman (59.2), Kristen Ballinger (58.6), Mary Doris Reggie (59.8), and Carly Levenson (59.2) ran a combined time of 3:56.86 which is a provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Championships as well as a new school record. Speaking of school records, Carly Levenson also had a good outing individually, running 1:18.28 in the 500 and breaking her own school record. Hallie Schwab also set a PR in the 3,000, finishing 15th in 10:37.60. Katie Moravec finished 16th (10:44.63), Liz Dalton 19th (10:47.44), and Cate Knuff 21st (10:50.89). Zandra Walton had a busy weekend, running the 800 prelims on Friday (18th, 2:19.20) and the mile (21st, 5:14.89) and a leg of the 4x800 (2:19.9) on Saturday. She was joined in the 4x800 by Mariana Palacios, Hoiwan Cheung, and Kate Silverman (who ran a PR 2:26.4), with the team placing 15th in 9:45.22.
On the men’s side, first-year Pete Harrison provisionally qualified for the NCAA Championships by finishing second in his heat of the mile (11th overall) in 4:13.77, lowering his mile PR by nearly 4 seconds. Jimmy Swanson also had a great weekend and came home with two new PRs. In Friday’s 800 meter trials, Swanson just missed advancing to the final, finishing 11th in 1:55.09 - the top 10 advanced to the final. In Saturday’s mile, Swanson finished 18th overall in another PR—4:16.27. Swanson and Harrison teamed up with Ryan Drost and Tom Anderson at the end of the meet to run 8:01.06 in the 4x800 meter relay, with Ryan running his fastest 800 split, and Tommy getting under 2:00 for the first time this season. In the distance events, Peter Foote broke his 3,000 meter best yet again, finishing 15th in 8:46.83. John McGrail came close to his with an 8:56.59 25th-place finish. In Friday’s 5,000 meter run, Daniel Murner finished 16th in 15:22.45 and Mike Harbus, battling sickness, finished 20th in 15:35.01.
DIII New England's - Feb 23rd
Performers of the Meet - Mike Harbus'08 and Heather Wilson'08
The women headed into Saturday’s New England DIII Championships at Smith with a relatively small contingent, but almost all of the runners on the team met or surpassed their seeds, which helped the team earn 73 points and a fifth-place finish. Had it not been for a baton mishap in the 4x400 relay – in which the Williams runner knocked the baton out of Kate’s hand in the final 75 meters - the team would have had a good shot at third place in the team scoring.
The distance medley relay of Elise Tropiano (3:50.5), Jenny Mancino (63.0), Kristen Ballinger (2:21.4 in her first race of the season), and Heather Wilson (5:04.0) put Amherst on the board early with a 12:19.00 victory. Kim Partee followed that up with a surprise win in the 5000 by running away from the field in the last mile and finishing in 17:48.61 after just opening her season last weekend. Partee was backed up by strong finishes from Nicole Anderson (fourth, 17:58.25), Hallie Schwab (eighth, 18:24.05 PR), Liz Dalton (10th, 18:26.70 PR), and Cate Knuff (13th, 18:53.54). Amherst’s other victory of the day came from Heather Wilson, who doubled back in the 3000 after already having anchored the winning DMR earlier in the meet. After a slow early pace, Wilson took the lead and pushed the pace to keep the race honest. She still had another gear left which she used to hold off the defending champion on the last lap and win in 9:59.52. Elise Tropiano came back from illness earlier in the week to finish third in 10:15.00. Katie Moravec won the second section of the 3,000 in a PR of 10:32.66 and finished just out of the scoring in 10th. In the 600, Amherst had more scorers than any other team, with Carly Levenson (1:39.25), Mary Doris Reggie (1:39.77), and Susan Wasserman (1:40.25 for first in her heat) going 2-3-5. Jennifer Rybak put together a solid pentathlon and finished fourth in the event with 2602 points. Zandra Walton picked up points in the mile by blowing away the competition in her section and finishing seventh overall in 5:14.58. In the relays, the 4x400 was a bittersweet event for Amherst. The “bitter” part was that as Amherst was leading on the second leg, a runner came by, cut in too early, and knocked the baton out of Kate Silverman’s hand, requiring her to chase it down. The “sweet” part was that the other three runners all ran 60-point, showing great potential for better times in the future. The quartet still hung on for a seventh place finish in 4:10.65, despite the last two legs having to run all alone. In the 4x200 relay, Mattie Baker, Kate Silverman, Emily Dick, and Susan Wasserman ran their best time of the season (1:50.57) and just missed scoring. In the 4x800 relay, Zoe Pagonis, Hoiwan Cheung, Mary Doris Reggie, and Zandra Walton finished fifth in 9:39.90.
Tufts Stampede - Feb 16th
Performers of the Meet - Zoe Pagonis'11 and Eric Holaday'10
In the last meet before the Championship portion of the season gets under way, the teams headed back to Tufts for a non-scoring invite that would provide the team with opportunities to sharpen up for the championships, qualify for them or finish their seasons on a high note. The men made the most noise in the distance events, where Peter Foote and Pete Harrison would both race to new PRs en route to victories in the 5k and 3k respectively. Footie used a negative split approach, with a strong last mile to knock off nearly 20 seconds from his 5k previous best, while Pete used a big kick to grab the win in the last 50 meters. Also in the 3k, and finishing in 5th and 8th, were John McGrail and Eric Holaday - who lowered his PR by over 10 seconds to earn a championship mark. Jimmy Swanson grabbed 3rd in a very physical 800, running to his non-relay PR. Keith Pendergrass had a strong race in the 400, and Steve Shashy - aka Mr. 55 - hit the 55 mark again in both the open and later in the relay. Ryan Drost raced to a 1:27.66 in the 600, good enough for 16th, and then at the last second, moved into the 4 x 800 relay, where he joined up with Pete, Jimmy and Tommy Anderson ran 8:13.42 to grab 4th place. In the mile, Mike Harbus placed 12th with his 4:25 and Florian Reichert and Daniel Murner - who had both used the day as a workout and had run the 3k at a 5k effort and then with short rest, came back strong in the mile.
Returning to indoors for the first time this season, Kim Partee run unchallenged in the 5k for a convincing and relaxed win, posting an 18:22, and grabbing the lone victory for the team. Zoe Pagonis had a great day as she ran to her best time in the 55 Hurdles, and then did the same thing later in the day with the 800 as she raced under the DIII NE qualifying mark - for good measure and to show her toughness, she also ran a strong leg of the 4x400 but got tangled u at the exchange and took a nasty spill. Elise Tropiano and Heather Wilson used the meet to work on strength, as they ran a conservative 3k before coming back with little rest to run the mile with tired legs, and placed 2-3 in the 3k and then 4th and 8th in the mile. In the 3k, Liz Dalton and Cate Knuff continued to show big improvements as they, as they have been doing consistently, lowered their best times yet again, and it looked like Christina Wong would also run to a new PR and hit the qualifying mark needed for DIII NE's until she got tangled up with another runner in the last 100 meters, and went down hard on the track. Carly Levenson dropped down to the 400, and raced to her best time of the year, as did Emily Dick in the next section. Zandra Walton finished 6th in the 800, running her best mark of the year, and then anchored the 4x800 relay team of Carly, Mary Doris Reggie and Hoiwan Cheung to a 3rd place finish. Jennifer Rybak and Mattie Baker placed 7th and 9th in the 200, and then JRy teamed up with Emily, Mariana Palacios and Kate Silverman to grab 3rd in the 4 x 400 relay. Kate, before getting to the relay had a season best time on the hurdles, and then also had a strong race in the 600 where she placed 12th, with Hoiwan and Mariana coming in at 16th and 17th. Hallie Schwab and Katie Moravec had a nice little speed work session as they both ran well in the mile, and then came back later to run fast marks in the 1000. Melissa Pritchard and Cara Giaimo each raced well in their sections of the mile, while Jenny Mancino grabbed a pair of 15th place finishes in the 200 and high Jump.
Valentine Classic at BU and Smith Invite - Feb 8-9
Performers of the Weekend - Elise Tropiano'09 & Mariana Palacios'09 and Will Fairhurst'10 & Mike Harbus'08
Due to splitting the team between two different meets this weekend, a depleted squad took to the track at the Smith College Tartan Invitational, but the team was still able to record some impressive performances. On the men’s side, Eric Holaday earned the lone victory of the day, winning in 9:08.82. He was followed by Ben Mears in fourth, Will Fairhurst (who won the second heat handily) in eighth and Travis Cohoon in 15th. Tom Anderson took the runner-up spot in the 1000 with a 2:37.91 and also anchored the 4x400 relay team to a sixth-place finish. He was joined on that relay by Ryan Drost, Keith Pendergrass, and Steve Shashy. Anthony Fuller continued his string of strong performances in the 55, qualifying for the final once again and finishing sixth in 6.86. Pendergrass (ninth, 53.98) and Shashy (11th, 55.18) represented the team in the 400, and Ryan Drost made his 800 meter debut, finishing 10th. Ben Read moved up to the mile where he finished 13th.
On the women’s side, the distance runners showed their dominance by going 1-2-3-5-6 in the 5,000 with Nicole Anderson (18:20.13), Hallie Schwab (18:38.52—college debut/PR), Liz Dalton (18:39.03 PR), Cate Knuff (18:44.64 PR), and Katie Moravec (19:07.09) running well. The 800 was another good event for Amherst, with Hoiwan Cheung finished third in 2:26.87 and Mariana Palacios running a six-second PR of 2:28.17 to take fifth. Jennifer Rybak had a busy day, advancing to the hurdle final with a 9.62 qualifier and then taking seventh in the final. She teamed up with Mattie Baker, Emily Dick, and Kate Silverman in the 4x200 relay to run 1:51.22 and take second. She blew away her heat of the 200 meters and finished fourth overall in 28.04. Finally, she added an eighth-place finish in the long jump for good measure. The rest of the sprint crew also had a good day, with several other athletes running personal bests. Silverman won the 400 in 63.45. Baker qualified for the dash final and finished seventh in 7.94. She also finished 13th in the 200. Dick took ninth in the 200 and 13th in the 55. Kat Loomis finished 12th in the 200 and 20th in the 55 hurdles. Silverman, Cheung, Palacios, and Loomis teamed up to finish third in the 4x400. Melissa Pritchard had her best race of the season to finish third in the mile, with Lauren Benson finishing 11th in her best time of the season. The two doubled back in the 1000, where they were joined by Cara Giaimo (18th), who was running her first race of the season.
On Friday, the several of the women headed into BU while the men went in on Saturday, to compete at the very competitive Valentines Classic where runners from across all three Divisions and club athletes competed. Elise Tropiano and Heather Wilson competed in the second section of the Championship 3k, and after both runners went through the mile in 5:15, Elise wound up placing 13th overall - 3rd in the heat - with a new PR by a few seconds, while Heather came in shortly after, placing 18th overall and just off of her best time. Carly Levenson, Susie Wasserman and Mary Doris Reggie all raced in the same section of the 800, and the trio got their best times - just missing breaking the 2:20 mark. Zandra Walton placed 24th in the 1000 in a season best time, despite having tired out the legs earlier with her run in the mile.
On Saturday, the men took to the track and a lot of PR's and Indoor bests were lowered once the day had finished. Peter Harrison got the day started in the mile, and he ran a smart race to lower his best time considerably as he ran 4:17. In the next section, Jimmy Swanson dropped his best time by 5 seconds and got under 4:20 for the first time with his 4:19 and John McGrail followed up with a 4:25 effort. Basile Beaty did not have his best race, but even despite that he was able to get under 1:59 for the first time indoors, and in the next heat, Pete doubled back with a 1:58 effort as well. Peter Foote raced the 3k, and not only did he hot the qualifying marks for the championships but also dropped 7 seconds off of his previous best time with a perfectly run race. In the 5k, Mike Harbus and Florian Reichert ran in the same section, and after going through the 2 Mile in 9:38 and 9:42, they started to separate and in the last 2 laps, Mike made a big move to take the lead and was able to hold off a hard charging runner to grab the section win - placing 44th overall - and in the process, also broke the 15 minute for the first time ever. Flo raced to a 15:14 in his first crack at an indoor 5k. Daniel Murner followed in the next section, and like everyone else for the day, executed his race plan perfectly and kept himself in contention the whole way and just missed his best time ever by a couple of seconds, but lowered nearly a minute off of his 5k time from a year ago.
Tufts Invite - February 2nd
Performers of the Meet - Peter Foote '09 and Mary Doris Reggie '10
Senior captain Basile Beaty led the team with a strong run in the 600, picking up a win in 1:23.90. Peter Harrison also ran tough in the 1000, where he finished third in 2:33.93 and was followed by Ben Read and Jack Seaver. Mike Harbus led a strong Amherst trio in the 3000, grabbing fourth place in a very tight race (8:46.32). He was followed closely by Daniel Murner (6th, 8:52.98) and Florian Reichert (7th, 8:53.52), who was running his first track race of the season. Jimmy Swanson was the only Amherst runner to make it into the top heat of the mile, but he represented the team well by finishing fifth in 4:24.29. Peter Foote and Tom Anderson took to the track shortly after and went 1-2 (running 4:30.91 and 4:31.46, respectively) in their heat of the mile. In his first track race of the season, Eric Holaday took fourth (15:53.64) in the 5000, with Ben Mears (fifth, 15:58.41) right behind and Will Fairhurst (14th, 16:32.04) continuing his comeback. In the sprints, Anthony Fuller returned to the track after a week off and ran 6.80 in the dash to make the final, where he finished seventh before making his 200m debut later in the meet. Taylor Perkins led the Jeffs in the 400, finishing 13th in 53.83, with Steve Shashy coming in 18th and Keith Pendergrass finishing 21st. The relays were highlighted by Amherst's "A" DMR of Peter Harrison, Ryan Drost, Tom Anderson, and Jimmy Swanson taking fourth in 10:41.63.
On the women's side, Zandra Walton recorded her third runner-up finish in three weeks, finishing second in a last-lap battle in the 3000 with a time of 10:35.86. Hallie Schwab finished third in another PR of 10:39.37. Despite not getting into the top heat of the 600, Carly Levenson (third, 1:39.46) and Mary Doris Reggie (fourth, 1:39.78) showed that they belonged there by going 1-2 in their heat. Susie Wasserman continued her strong season by finishing fourth (2:25.06) in the 800, followed by Zoe Pagonis (11th, 2:31.36) and Lauren Benson, who ran her best race of the season (25th, 2:41.20). Wasserman joined up with Reggie, Levenson, and Kate Silverman in the 4x400 later in the meet, where the quartet finished second in a season-best 4:05.77. Despite running a shorter race than usual, Liz Dalton performed well in the mile, running 5:31.67 for 11th place. She was followed by Cate Knuff (14th, 5:36.56) and Christina Wong (17th, 5:41.50). Dalton came back at the end of the meet to run the 1600 leg of the DMR, where she ran a nearly-identical 5:30.4. In the sprints, Jennifer Rybak led the team with a 12th-place finish (28.09) in the 200, followed by Kate Silverman in 16th, and Mattie Baker in 23rd. Silverman led the 55 meter hurdlers with a 15th-place, 9.94 finish. Baker, Rybak, Dick, and Silverman teamed up in the 4x200 and ran 1:52.82 for seventh place.
Terrier Classic and Wesleyan Invite - January 25th and 26th
Performer of the Weekend - Carly Levenson'08 and Jimmy Swanson'10
On Friday, Elise Tropiano and Heather Wilson went to Boston University to compete at the Terrier Classic against a mix of Open, DI,II and III competitors. Both were racing in the Championship section of the 5k and despite the heavy training of intersession, were looking to work together towards the goal for a fast time. Changing laps every 3-4 laps, they went through the mile in 5:32 and then hit the 2 mile in 11:08, and at that point Elise picked up the pace in an effort to go after the 5th place runner from Stonybrook - and in the last lap, would get by here to finish 5th in a time of 17:17.04 while Heather would finish in 9th with a time of 17:33.36.
On Saturday, the rest of the team traveled to Wesleyan to compete at their non scoring Invitational. Jimmy Swanson led the men's team with his victory in the 100 - after an opening lap of 34 seconds, he jumped into the lead and then ran away with the win, while Tommy Anderson finished in 7th. Peter Foote grabbed a runner-up spot in the 3000, racing evenly for the entire race and then throwing in a big sprint at the end to go by another runner, while Ben Mears would finish 5th in the same section. Basile Beaty finished 3rd in the 800, and then also joined with Jimmy, Taylor Perkins and Peter Harrison in the DMR that finished 3rd. Mike Harbus finished 4th in perhaps the best race of the day - the men's mile - and Pete Harrison and John McGrail finished 8th and 9th in the same race, while in the last section, Jack Seaver won his section of the mile. Taylor Perkins led the sprint crew as they stepped up in distance to compete in the 500, as he grabbed 7th, with Ryan Drost coming in next at 9th, Keith Pendergrass at 12th and Steve Shashy coming in at 16th.
The women were led by a victory by Liz Dalton in the 3k - along with a runner-up spot by Cate Knuff, to go along with a win in the last event of the day, the DMR - where he team of Hallie Schwab, Susie Wasserman, Carly Levenson and Zandra Walton lapped most of the field en route to an easy win. Carly grabbed 2nd in the 500 before her 800 leg of the DMR, while Kate Silverman won her section of the 500 to place 4th overall while Mariana Palacios finished 9th. Zandra led a 2-3-5 Amherst finish in the 800, as Mary Doris Reggie and Hoiwan Cheung all raced in the same section. Other 4th place finishers were Hallie in the Mile, and then Christina Wong with a nice PR in the 5k. Jennifer Rybak was busy, as she was completing her pentathlon qualifying and posted solid marks in the long jump - 8th place (just behind Susie's 6th place jump), 800, SP and was under 10 seconds in the 55 Hurdles all before running a leg of the 3rd place 4x400 relay along with kate, Hoiwan and Mary Doris. Zoe Pagonis got under 10 seconds in the hurdles in her first crack at the event of the year. Mattie Baker had the fastest time of the team in the short sprints as she finished just ahead of Emily Dick in both the 55 and the 200, and they would also come back later to run in the 4x400. Jenny Mancino finished 7th in the High Jump.
Brandeis Invitational January 19th
Performer of the Meet - Cate Knuff'10 and Peter Harrison'11
The men’s 3k runners got things started on a good note with Mike Harbus running away with the race in 8:47.53 and Peter Harrison out kicking two runners to finish in 8:51.83 and give Amherst the 1-2. They were backed up by Daniel Murner (7th, 9:03.58), John McGrail (10th, 9:06.36), Eric Holaday (12th, 9:08.42), Travis Cohoon (16th, 9:24.86), and Stephen Grigelevich (19th, 9:30.88). The women’s 5,000 was up next with Cate Knuff and Liz Dalton working together well and moving up throughout the race to finish in 19:05.47 PR (2nd) and 19:06.41 (3rd) respectively. Kate Silverman (9th, 9.79) led the 55m hurdlers in her first attempt at the event and narrowly missed making the final. She was followed by Kat Loomis (10.37) and Jennifer Rybak (10.40). Anthony Fuller, a football player in the fall, made a strong showing in his first collegiate track meet, running 6.78 in the 55m dash and advancing to the final where he finished fifth in 6.85. In the women’s dash, Mattie Baker (7th, 7.98) scored for the team and was followed by Emily Dick (12th, 8.14). The team was well-represented in the mile, with five guys either running it as their second event or the first part of a double. Jimmy Swanson led the way (8th, 4:33.57) and Mike Harbus (9th, 4:34.51) doubled back well after his 3k win. In the women’s mile, Heather Wilson (1st, 5:08.84), Elise Tropiano (2nd, 5:08.95) and Zandra Walton (3rd, 5:15.74) put in a nice showing to sweep the top three spots. Taylor Perkins picked up points with a fifth-place finish (53.25) in the 400, as did Carly Levenson (3rd, 62.26) and Kate Silverman (6th, 63.73). Susie Wasserman (1:40.89) and Mary Doris Reggie (1:40.98) provided another highlight for the team, finishing 1-2 in the 600. Hoiwan Cheung (6th, 1:45.88) also picked up points. On the men’s side, Ryan Drost finished eighth in 1:27.84. Jimmy Swanson (4th, 2:04.18) and Tom Anderson (sixth, 2:05.40) doubled back from the mile and earned top finishes in the 800. Zandra Walton bounced back well after the mile and finished second in the 1000 in 3:06.97. Peter Harrison led the men with a 7th place finish (2:40.88) after already having run the 3000. The women’s 3k was another dominant event for Amherst, where Heather (10:22.36) and Elise (10:22.52) duplicated their 1-2 finish from the mile, and were also backed up by strong performances from Caitlin McDermott-Murphy (3rd, 10:26.98), Hallie Schwab (4th, 10:42.01), Katie Moravec (6th, 10:55.40), and Christina Wong (10th, 11:20.16). The women’s 4x400 relay squad of Susan Wasserman, Jennifer Rybak, Mary Doris Reggie, and Carly Levenson finished the meet off with a win in 4:12.
Husky Invite - December 1st
Performer of the Meet - Susan Wasserman'11 and Rom Cabeza'08
While the majority of the team will get their track season started in January, as they are coming off a break from Cross Country, a few people who did XC and those who have been training this fall got the 2007-08 season underway at the Husky Carnival. While limited in terms of overall numbers, it provides a great opportunity for people to see where they are at in terms of fitness, and also provides a nice introduction to college racing for the first years! The meet was split into 2 sessions - with the women going first, and the men running in the afternoon session. Heather Wilson, coming off of her All-American run in XC postponed her training break to try and nab an NCAA Qualifier in the 5k - which she provisionally did, as she ran 17:23 to finish 3rd overall. Caitlin Murphy, also putting her training break on hold for this meet, convincingly won the mile in a 5:04 (just missing an NCAA Mark) as she pulled away form the field with 3 laps to go. Susan Wasserman got her college debut started in fine fashion as she ran a very quick 1:22 in the 500 to win her section, and then came back later to run a very strong relay leg to help the team of Kate Silverman, Hoiwan Cheung and carly Levenson placed 12th. Carly looked very strong in the 800, as she raced to a 12th place finish in 2:24 - considerably quicker then her results from a year ago, and showing good wheels to anchor the relay as well. Also in the 800 and the relay, and looking strong, was Hoiwan who placed 18th overall. Kate placed 19th in the 500, while in the same event, Zoe Pagonis and Mariana Palacios finished back to back in their section. Mattie Baker had the top time of the day in the short sprints - both the 55 and the 200 - for the team.
Rom Cabeza looked very strong in the 800, as he established himself early and stayed focus in the last lap to grab 3rd place overall, and get under 2:00 in his first crack at the event. Taylor Perkins had a very impressive collegiate debut he won both of his sections - first in the 400 and then later, in the 200. Ryan Drost, likewise, was also successful as he won his section of the 500 comfortably in a time of 72 seconds. Steve Shashy, the captain of the squad ran his best time ever in the 400, and nearly PR'd in the 200 on his way through to the finish. Keith Pendergrass, running in the same section of the 400 as Taylor, came in just a few steps behind, while James Esdaile made his debut running well in the 200 and 400. Carlyle Eubank put his XC break on hold in hopes of a fast qualifying mark in the 5000 but looked as though the season had been long enough as he struggled a bit in the last few laps.
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