<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> 2009 Ind NCAA's

NCAA National Championships

 

March 13th and 14th at Rose Hulman Institute, Indiana

 

Full Results - Friday and Saturday

 

Videos of Events

 

Team Scores

Women 21st with 10 points / Men 61st with 2 points

 

Amherst Results

Women's 5000m

1st Place Elise Tropiano 16:58.84

 

Men's DMR

7th Place 10:06.35

Relay Legs

1200 Will Bell 3:07.1

400 Tommy Moore 51.4

800 Kit Callahan 1:57.6

1600 Jimmy Swanson 4:10.0

 

Meet Recap

Performers of the Meet - Elise Tropiano and Jimmy Swanson

The indoor season came to an official close in Terre Haute Indiana, as Elise Tropiano in the 5k and the Men's Distance Medley Relay of Will Bell, Tommy Moore, Kit Callahan and Jimmy Swanson would be competing at Rose Hulman in the National Championships with the hopes of attaining All-American status. The men got things started on Friday night and the foursome - with Kit replacing an injured Ben Scheetz who had run the 800 leg when the team qualified with it's school record of 9:59 - primed and ready to try and improve upon their 8th place seeding. Will ran the opening 1200 leg and took over the lead after the first lap and held onto the lead through the 1000 before succumbing to the late race fatigue and battling to hand off in 7-8th. Tommy ran a strong 400 leg - using some acrobatic maneuvers to avoid a runner who fell in front of him during the 2nd lap, and handed off in 7th. Kit went out with his pack, through the 400 in 54 seconds and the hard pace set in during the last lap as he battled to keep the team close and handed off in 9th, after running a 1:57.6. Jimmy got the baton a little behind a Tufts runner who was in 8th and then a sizeable gap to the rest of the field but an opening 400 in 58.7 and hitting the 800 in 2:02.7 put him in the middle of the chase pack as 2 teams had broken clear of the field. Through the 1200 in 3:08, the last of the All-Americans would come from this pack as the teams placed 3rd through 9th were all in a pack, and Jimmy was able to stay right in the middle of it finishing in 7th place with a 4:10 split, and he - along with the other three - all garnered All-American accolades with a great performance.

Elise Tropiano would be the lone women's representative, and Saturday's only performer for the team but she was committed to making the most of it. Having finished 7th at the last 2 indoor nationals, and fresh off her runner-up finish individually in XC this fall, she was very determined to become just the 6th Amherst national Champion in track and field, and she made good on her guarantee following the XC season of winning the indoor title. She took the lead after the first lap, holding it for a few laps before sliding back into the pack and going through the first mile in an honest 5:27 which pretty much left the entire field still very much in the mix. The pace slowed slightly through the 2 mile, as Elise hit 11:01 with the leaders going though about one second faster and still having a pretty sizeable pack. As they hit a mile to go, it started to separate a little bit and string out, leaving a pack of 5 runners up near the front and with 5 laps to go, Elise jumped into the lead and started to push the pace and break away from the pack as she would run 5:20 for her last mile and 3:15 for her last 1000 to capture the win by nearly 4 seconds over the next runner. This was Elise's 6th Track & Field All-American honor to go along with 2 form XC, and her first individual National Championship. Her time of 16:58 was a new PR and she joins Carter Hamill'05 (3 national Championships in the Indoor 5k) as Amherst runners to win the 5k title indoors.