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NCAA - Mar 13th and 14th
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.
ECAC Championships - Mar 6th and 7th
Performers of the Meet - Daniel Murner and Susie Wasserman
The teams headed to Tufts to compete in the ECAC Championships which would be, for the majority of the team, the last meet of the indoor season as only the National Championships held at Rose Hulman in Indiana next weekend remains on the schedule. The meet was a two day contest, with the Shot put and 5k's on Friday for us, and then the the majority of the events in which we were competing were held on Saturday and when the dust had settled, the men ran away with the runner-up trophy - the first time either team has finished in the money at the ECAC Championships in Track. On Friday, Daniel Murner started what would be an extremely impressive meet as he stayed with the leaders for the entire race in the 5k before launching into a big kick with 600m to go - looked like he might have gone to early and then still ran a 29 second last 200 to not only grab the win in convincing fashion but also improve his school record time to a 14:47.86 and jump up in the NCAA standings. In the women's 5k, Liz Dalton battled through a sub 19 minute 5k - still showing the effects of the plague, while Hallie Schwab and Sophie Galleher placed 11th and 12th in their section - unfortunately not quite able to hold off the plague for another day or two, but still racing strong. Saturday brought some more good racing, and Murner again stole the show as he came back to run away with the 3k, using another huge finishing kick over the last 600 to capture the meet's longest two races, lowering his best times in both events. Jimmy Swanson put things together in the mile as he and 3 others broke away from the field by the 1/2 mile point, even though the pace was rather slow, and then used a strong last lap to run away with the victory, posting an indoor PR and qualifying provisionally for NCAA's with his 4:14. Will Bell, having been battling the plague the last couple of weeks, got back on track with a strong showing in the 1000 as he placed 3rd in a new PR, and then joined with Jimmy, Kit Callahan and Tommy Anderson to finish 4thin the 4x800 relay. Tommy Moore grabbed 12th in the 400 before leading off the 9th place 4x400 relay. The women were led by a strong showing in the 500 as Susie Wasserman outdistanced the field in her section, running a new PR, and then the time held up to earn her a 4th place finish, while Carly Levenson finished 5th in the fastest section, placing 6th overall and Mary Doris Reggie would grab 9th - just out of the scoring. Hoiwan Cheung ran a great race in the 1000, going with the leaders in the early stages and pushing hard in the middle and lowered her best ever time to a 3:05 and grabbing 5th place, with Molly priedeman coming in a few steps later to capture 6th. Melissa Sullivan, continued her tremendous first ever indoor campaign by running under 2:20 in the 800 and finishing just out of the scoring. The 4x400 team of Susie, Kate Silverman, Mary Doris and carly placed 12th, while the 4x800 team ran into some bad luck as the lead off leg got tangled with another run and got a very close look at the track and they were not able to finish.
As exciting as the day was for the men, the news got even better on the way home as they found out that their time in the DMR would in fact hold up for NCAA's so they will be heading out to Indiana along with Elise Tropiano in the 5k to compete at the National Championships and look for one last big race to cap the season!
All New England's - Feb 27th - 28th
Performers of the Meet - Sophie Galleher and Will Yochum
After being at separate meets last weekend, the teams were back together again at the New England Championships held at the beautiful Boston University Track and Field Center.The two day meet had trials from 1000 and down, as well as several finals on Friday and then the remainder of the meet consisting of all of the rest of finals on Saturday. On Friday, the women got the day started off on the right foot as every person competing ran their best of the season. Susie Wasserman was the first to race, as she was in the 400 and she went under 60 seconds for the first time in the 400 indoors with her 59.46 to finish 15th. Carly Levenson just missed her own school record in the 500 as she ran to a 1:18.45 and 13th place finish, while in the first section of the 500, Mary Doris Reggie lowered her best time. In the 1000, Melissa Sullivan used a big last lap to finish strong and knock a big chunk of time off her time earlier in the season, as she ran a 3:04. On Friday evening, daniel murner - finally over the flu virus that has lingered for far too long! - kept himself right up at the front of the unseeded 5k for the entire race before unleashing a monster kick that allowed him to race away form the field in the final 200 and not only lowered his best time by 20 seconds but qualified provisionally for NCAA's and wound up finishing 3rd overall. Tommy Moore - in keeping with the theme of the evening, ran to a new personal best in the 400 as he inches closer to breaking the 50 second barrier.
On Saturday, the rest of the team who was competing took their cracks at going after fast times. The women in the unseeded 3k section raced aggressively through the first mile, keeping themselves right in the thick of the action and would be rewarded with 3 new PR's as Sophie Galleher came across the line in 2nd, running a 10:23 (and just missing scoring by one spot as she finished 9th overall), Hallie Schwab coming in hot on her heels in a new PR of 10:25 and placing 12th overall, and then Shannon McKenna has a big last two laps to knock 10 seconds off of her best 3k. Will Yochum was next up in the unseeded section of the men's 3k, and he - like the women before him - kept himself in great position through the whole race and raced to a new 3k PR, and finished 12th overall. In the seeded sections of the 3k, Elise Tropiano continued her dominating ways as she raced through some early traffic and bumping before pulling away for a comfortable victory with a strong last 600 to lower her best time in the 3k and grabbed the lone win on the day. Peter Foote, in the men's seeded section kept the streak alive as he knocked over 5 seconds from his PR to finish off his Amherst Indoor track career with a great race that just missed getting the final scoring spot. The 4x800 relay for the ladies raced under 9:30 for the first time this season as Molly Priedeman led off with a 2:21 and Sully followed up with her 2nd strong race of the weekend, going under 2:20 while Liza Schalch and Hoiwan Cheung raced strong to get us to a 9:29. The men's 4x800 of Steve Stewart, Kit Callahan, Jimmy Swanson and Will Yochum dug themselves out of an early hole with a PR split by Kit (1:57.1) in the 2nd leg, a 1:55 leg by Jimmy and then an anchor split of 1:58.7 from Will - despite having run the 3k earlier in the day - to race well under 8:00. The 4x400 relay for the women posted their best mark of the year, as she finished in 14th with a 4:01 as Susie led off under 60 again followed by Kate Silverman's fastest 400 split ever before giving way to MD and Carly who inched ever closer to breaking 4:00. The men's team - due to some injuries at the last minute provided opportunities for some to give their legs another test, and after strong opener by Tommy, Ryan Drost and Keith Pendergrass each ran their best times of the year while Anthony Fuller anchored in a huge PR - running in the 50 seconds for the first time ever. Zandra Walton ran an even split race in the mile as the early stages of the race did not go out real fast, and she ran to her best mark of the year while in the men's mile, Jimmy Swanson ran to a 4:17 clocking to finish in 21st.
DIII New England's - Feb 21st
Performers of the Meet - Melissa Sullivan and Peter Foote
The teams kicked off the Championship portion of the season with the Division III New England's as the women headed to Bowdoin while the men were at MIT. The women garnered a Top Ten finish on the strength of victories in the opening event - the DMR (Sophie Galleher, Mary DOris Reggie, Carly Levenson and Elise Tropiano) and with Elise capturing an individual title in the 3k at the end of the day, as the opening 400 was nearly 90 seconds and Elise took control of the race after that, running 40 seconds a lap to easily outdistance the field. Jordan Roehl had a solid day in the Shot Put as she eclipsed the 38 foot mark and grabbed points as the 7th place thrower (being passed by 2 throwers in their last attempts. In the 4x400, Susie led off in 61.6. First at the break, handed off a half step in front of MIT for the lead. The MIT girl cut Kate off going into the first turn. Kate hit the MIT girl's heals and stumbled back almost losing the baton, but held onto it and got going again. Ran 62.8 we were in 6th, but in the race. MD ran 60.8, but the time does not do the leg justice, as again going around everyone she could getting us into 3rd and not letting the Williams girl get past her in the end. Carly ran 60.3, keeping us in 3rd. Williams girl went past her off the 1st turn. Carly went back by her off the 3rd turn and held her off the rest of the way to run 405.7 to grab 3rd. Hallie Schwab ran a new PR in the 5k and ran well, albeit in no man's land between the front pack and the 2nd pack, and wound up finishing 5th in 18:11. In the 4x200, the team of Matt baker, Susie Wasserman, Kat Loomis an Kate Silverman ran strong but just missed placing as they got second in the heat in 150.91. Shannon McKenna dropped down from the Distance to sharpen the speed in the mile and finished just under 5:30, placing 15th overall. In the 600, Carly led her heat from the gun 31, 65, 139.6 and placed 7th. In the 800, the sections were set up as heats of 6, 7, & the fast section with 8. Mary Doris led her heat 69.5 146 223.4 while Mariana Palacios was a few steps behind. In the 2nd section, Melissa Sullivan went out with the a lead group of 3 in 68.5 145 and finished strong, 2nd in her heat running 222.6 - season best - and placing 10th overall, while Liza Schalch stayed off the lead pack a little bit running 69.5 146 and 224.9. In the 1000, Hoiwan Cheung led the first section from the gun. 35 72 228 307.8 to lower her PR by a few seconds, and then in the next section Molly Priedeman did the majority of leg work there as well, as she also ran to her best time ever and finished 10th. In the final event of the day, the 4x800, Hoiwan led off with a battling traffic and not getting out real well kind of race and put us in 6th, but in striking distance of the leaders. Liza ran the second leg and it did not go as well as it could have and gave the last 2 legs a hole to try and dig out of as Melissa ran another great 800 splitting 224.5 and Molly finished it off with a 2:22 effort and bring the team to 7th.
The men looked a little rough in their meet, but did a great 5k out of Peter Foote as he raced with the front pack through just before 2 miles before he was clipped and fell down to the track. He got up quickly, and if you were not watching closely you would have hardly noticed the fall, but he got back and within 2 laps was right back in the Top 5 and had a great last 800 to move up into 2nd before finishing in 3rd - just off of his PR. The men's 4x400 - juggled at the last minute due to some untimely injuries - ended up being the strongest of the relays on the day as Tommy Moore opened up with a strong leg to grab the lead before handing off to Ryan Drost who raced well to hang onto 2nd, and Andre gary ran another very strong leg to keep us in 2nd before handing off to Anthony "A Train" Fuller who anchored the relay with his best 400 ever, and kept us in 2nd, and the relay would end up placing 4th overall. Jimmy Swanson fell of the pack a little bit in the last 400 of the 800, and then put in a tremendous kicking effort off the final turn to get 4th - just missing 2nd by .06 seconds. Steve Corsello had a valiant effort in the unseeded section of the 1000 as he led from the wire before being passed in the race's waning stages, but still managed to place 8th overall. Tommy Moore, before leading off the 4x400 relay, grabbed another PR in the 600 as he broke 1:25 for the first time and finished 12th overall. Will Bell, despite battling the cold / flu that has been going around, put himself in great position in the mile in what turned out to be a tactical and slow first half affair, and wound up finishing 8th and grabbing the final scoring spot and then had a very strong 800 leg in the DMR.
Valentine Classic - Feb 13th & 14th
Performers of the Meet - Men's DMR (Bell, Moore, Scheetz, Swanson) and Mattie Baker
Looking to take advantage of the fast track and great competition at Boston University, the teams headed into the city to compete at the valentine Classic with the women competing on Friday along with the men's DMR, and then the men taking their turn on Saturday. Elise Tropiano got her NCAA qualifier in the 5k taken care of as she won her section of the 5k in a 17:07.99 and would end up finishing 2nd overall, as only the winner of the Championship section in the evening would post a faster time. Sophie Galleher and Christina Wong each posted their indoor bests in the event, with Christina running under 19 minute for the first time. In the 3k, Shannon McKenna had her best race of the season - to date - as she ran well under the qualifying marks for New England's and ECAC's. Susie Wasserman, Jenny Mancino and Kate Silverman each raced to their PR's in the indoor 400 as Susie ran a 60.55 and both Jenny and Kate got under 63 seconds. Mattie Baker really took advantage of the day as she sped to a 1/2 second indoor PR in the 200 and earned a qualifying mark for DIII NE's this weekend with her mark. The 800 was led by Molly Priedeman's mark of 2:22, while Hoiwan Cheung and Melissa Sullivan each posted their best times of the season, running in the 2:24's. Mary Doris Reggie posted her best 500 time as she had a solid run in that event before joining with Susie, Carly Levenson and Kate to run a season best time in the 4x400 of 4:03.
The highlight of the weekend for the men - amongst many PR's by numerous runners - would have been the performance on Friday by the Distance Medley Relay as the quartet of Will Bell 1200, Tommy Moore 400, Ben Scheetz 800 and Jimmy Swanson 1600 not only qualified provisionally for NCAA's but also broke the school record by nearly a second as they finished 4th, and set the tone for the weekend. On Saturday - the day for the individual competition, things started out right where they left off as Tommy got the day started with a PR in the 400, and was followed by Larry Thompson - still running with a cast to protect his broken hand - who run to a new PR by nearly 2 seconds, and then Keith Pendergrass raced to his best time of the year. Ryan Drost and chris Erickson each PR's in the 500, with Ryan just missing the DIII NE mark by less then .2 seconds. Steve Corsello knocked nearly 5 seconds off from his Mile PR as he sped to a 4:15 mile to lead the milers on the day. Will raced to a new PR of 4:19, and Jimmy came through in 4:20 - both showing a little fatigue from the DMR effort of the day before where they ran 3:05.8 and 4:09.4 respectively in the 1200 and 1600. John McGrail qualified for DIII NE's with his 4:26 clocking. Anthony "A Train" Fuller sped to a new 200 PR and qualified for DIII NE's by .02 in the process, while Sean Legister raced to a new indoor best. Kit Callahan used his patented by kick in the last lap to not only win his section of the 800 but also raced under 2:00 for the first time, while Tommy Anderson looked strong in his section of the 800 as he quickly returns to shape after missing last season and studying abroad. Peter Foote and Will Fairhurst both came hungry for new PR's in the 3000 and neither would be denied as Pete nearly broke 8:40 to lower his best time by 5 seconds and will knocked off 10 seconds off his best to run a 9:14. Daniel Murner, despite being sick all week and unable to train turned in a valiant effort in the 5k to run 15:19, running on fumes the last mile. The 4 x 400 relay of Tommy - with his 3rd 50 or faster 400 in the meet - led off to Andre gary who looked ever like the 400 runner he will become, as he raced to a 50.9 effort before handing off to Ryan Drost who kept the team in the hunt, and Steve finished it off with a strong leg and catching a team at the line - something of a trademark for him with his races as of late.
Tartan Invitational - Feb 7th
Performers of the Meet - Ben Scheetz and Kate Silverman
Staying local, the teams headed next door to Smith College to compete against 11 other teams at the Tartan Invitational. The women dominated the running events, as they swept victories in everything longer then 2 laps en route to a big victory while the men finished 3rd overall behind several victories in the running events. Zandra Walton and Ben Scheetz have now run 4 meets this season, and have found victory with each race - this week with wins in the 1000 (Zandra) and 400 (Ben). The women swept the top 3 places in the 600 as Carly Levenson, Susie Wasserman and Mary Doris Reggie formed a fast line of purple blur from the very start, and then the three joined with Jenny Mancino to demolish the field in the 4x400 relay. Zandra and Molly Priedeman went 1-2 in the 1000, despite both battling the flu / cold that is spreading through campus. First Year Liza Schalch had a dominating victory as she blew away the field in the 800 with a PR time, and capped the day with a victory in the 4x800 along with Elise Tropiano, Mariana Palacios and Zoe Pagonis. Elise warmed up for her 800 leg of the relay by cruising to a relaxed victory in the 3k, clicking off 40 second laps like clockwork, while Christina Wong had a big PR, getting under 11 minutes for the first time. Sophie Galleher had a wire to wire victory in the mile, as fellow distance partners - Liz Dalton, Hallie Schwab and Shannon McKenna dropped down to try a shorter race before heading out for a workout after. Cate Knuff, got the winning streak in the running events started by running away from the field in the 5k while melissa Pritchard had a strong race to dip under 19:30. Kate Silverman PR'd in the finals of the 55 hurdles, and then went from the finish line and straight into the blocks for the 400, and then grabbed a 4th place finish with her second best indoor 400 ever, and then finished the day with a strong relay leg. Also in the 400, placing 3rd and 5th, with indoor PR's were Kat Loomis and Emily Dick - as both got marks for DIII NEw England's in the process. Jordan Roehl grabbed another shot put victory, inching out the WPI competitor and then had another throw over 11 meters in the weight throw to place 6th there. Mattie Baker continues to flirt with the 8.00 barrier, as she again just missed breaking under before coming back to again come across the line as the fastest sprinter on the team for the day in the 200. While not placing in the scoring, Ellen Richmond had a nice 10 second PR in the Mile.
Ben Scheetz stepped down to the 400, and in a nice gear change on the back stretch of the 2nd lap, pulled away from the early leader, Tommy Moore, to run to a new indoor PR for the 400, while Tommy would finish in 3rd with a 51.76. The two would later join with Jimmy Swanson and Steve Stewart to run away from the field in the 4x400. Some of the distance guys stepped down to the mile, and Daniel Murner, Peter Foote and Will Yochum were at the front from the very start of the race and would finish with a 1-2-3 sweep. The 800 might have been the days most exciting event as Jimmy Swanson and Steve Corsello went through the first 400 in 57 and then ran together all the way through to the line, coming in separated by .01 seconds, with both running under 1:56 while Kit Callahan would complete the 1-2-3 sweep with his 3rd place finish in 2:03. Will Bell grabbed the reigns in the 1000m early and ran to a big PR, lowering his best to a 2:32. Eric Holaday - getting back into the racing mind set following a nagging leg injury, was able to run away from a WPI runner in the last couple of laps to secure the victory in the 5k. Anthony "A Train" Fuller finished 8th in the dash, as he dropped his time considerably from earlier this season and then came back to lead the sprinters in the 200, and had another strong relay leg as he get closer to breaking 53 seconds in the 400. Andre Gary finishing 6th in the long jump, and then in the B section of the 4x400 he ran a 51.6 leg, and will look to build on that speed in the coming weeks. The men finished the day with an easy victory in the 4x800 as Bell, Callahan, Corsello and Carlyle Eubank ran strong to win the days last event in an 8:09.
Tufts Invite - Jan 31st
Performers of the Meet - Peter Foote and Jordan Roehl
The women finished 2nd while the men grabbed 4th at the Tufts Invitational, and perhaps even more importantly - they returned to normal training and daily schedules with the start of classes.The strength built during the last 3 weeks of doubles was quite evident this weekend, and as they continue to sharpen up, the results will continue to be improved upon. The women captured the days final 3 events in convincing fashion. Elise Tropiano helped set the pace for teammates Sophie Galleher and hallie Schwab as they would sweep the 5k, with indoor PR's set for both Hallie and Sophie. The 4x400 and Distance Medley Relays were run away victories for the team as the quartet of Susie Wasserman, Molly priedeman, Mary Doris Reggie and Carly Levenson grabbed an easy victory, as they had last weekend and then the Distance Medley finished off the day with a win as Liza Schalch, Kate Silverman, Melissa Sullivan and Zandra Walton had a convincing win to end the day for the team. Zandra earlier in the day grabbed her 3rd individual victory in as many races this season, as she led Amherst to a very impressive 1 - 5 sweep in the 800 with the ladies in the 4x400 all grabbing those spots. Jordan Roehl nearly broke 40 feet in the weight throw, and looks to be figuring out the intricacies of the new event and has her sights set on the school record which could fall any time, and in the shot put she grabbed 2nd in a throw in excess of 38 feet. Jenny Mancino had a strong race in the 400 to grab 4th place, while Mattie Baker finished in the same spot in the 200 - again leading the sprint crew. Kate Silverman raced to a 3rd place in the 55 hurdles as well as running the anchor leg of the 3rd place 4x200 relay.The 100 saw Amherst placed 4 runners in the scoring 8 as Hoiwan Cheung, Zoe pagonis, Liza and mariana Palacios finished 3, 4, 6th and 8th - all with marks under the DIII standard. Liz Dalton, Cate Knuff and Shannon McKenna placed 4th, 6th and 7th in the 3000, and then Liz, along with Shannon placed in the scoring in the mile which was run shortly after.
The men were led again by a Ben Scheetz victory, as the first year has now won all three races that he has run this season - this weeks victory being another convincing win the 800, as he lowered his indoor PR significantly. Steve Stewart and Tommy Moore had a great battle in the 600 as they finished 1-2 in that event. Another 1-2 finish for Amherst came in the 1000 - as Jimmy Swanson and Steve Corsello raced together the whole race and running to a 2:33 and 2:34 and Kit Callahan coming back from a leg injury to post a scoring mark as well, while Peter Foote and Will Yochum also went 1-2 in the 5k as they ran a very smart race and lowered their PR's significantly as they ran to a time of 15:15 and 15:17. AJ Scola led his football converts in the Long Jump as he had a mark just over 20 feet to grab 4th while Andre Gary finished 8th, and then ran the fastest split in the 4x400 Relay. Anthony Fuller placed 6th in the 200, while Daniel Murner, Carlyle Eubank and Will Bell all finished in the scoring in the 3k - and in the 2nd section, Kevin Hanley ran to a new PR. Larry Thompson, despite breaking his hand just over a week ago, showed his toughness by not only racing in the 400 but setting a new PR and establishing himself as the toughest man in the universe in the process.
Reggie Poyau Invite - Jan 24th
Performers of the Meet - John McGrail and Liz Dalton
The teams capped off their 3 week long intersession with a great meet at Brandeis. With classes set to resume on MOnday the three weeks of double session practices going at 7:30 and 3:30, and in the middle of each day volunteering at the Amherst Survival Center now come to an end. Despite the tiredness of the legs and minds from the strength focused training, the athletes have competed extremely well and now look forward to the return of single sessions and focusing on getting sharp for the remainder of the season. Daniel Murner negative split his 5k, following carlyle Eubank through the 2 Mile at 10:00 before running a 4:46 3rd mile to cruise to a victory. John McGrail - despite being sick all week and nor working out, found some magic as he pushed the pace in the 3k, taking the lead just before the mile mark and then used a huge kick to PR by nearly 10 seconds en route to his 8:45.67 win with Peter Foote and Will Yochum each running well under 9:00. Ben Scheetz ran an uncontested 600, taking the lead from the gun and never being challenged as he dipped under 1:25 for his 2nd collegiate victory - Ryan Drost grabbed 6th in that race, and Chris Erickson ran to a big PR, just missing breaking 1:30 (1:30.10). Steve Corsello, despite having run the mile earlier in the day, came back even stronger in the 800 to grab his first college win as he took the lead just after the first 200 to lead Amherst to a 1-2 finish as he and Steve Stewart each ran under 2:00. Tommy Moore ran a strong 400, and in a blanket finish - with .3 seconds separating the Top5 guys - he was able to sneak in for 2nd, and then at the end of the meet had a great lead off leg to start the 4x400 that could have been even more exciting as Ryan Drost kept us neck and neck with Bowdoin, and Steve Stewart - on the 3rd leg was running stride for stride with the leader when he was tripped from behind by a Bates runner and crashed to the track and we were knocked out of contention, but he did finish, and Ben Scheetz ran a 50.5 to help us grab 4th.Will Bell had a great day as he just missed breaking his PR in the mile, as he jumped into the lead from the gun and pushed the pace the entire race, ultimately grabbing a very close 3rd, and then running from the front in the 100 to again repeat with a 3rd place finish. Jimmy Swanson finished 4th in the mile and coming back to grab 8th in the 1000.
Zandra Walton and Liz Dalton book ended the meet with victories in the individual events as Zandra won a very strong 3k to kick off the meet as the first individual event as Sophie Galleher led for 14 of the 15 laps, and succumbed to the thunderous kick of Z as she would win in 10:30 while Sophie grabbed 2nd with a big kick of her own in 10:33 and Hallie Schwab in 5th with a strong indoor opener and in the 2nd section, Anna Hager had a great race. In the last individual event of the day, Liz led for nearly the entire race - 25 laps - and narrowly missed her PR but opened up the season with a very solid 18:34 with Shannon McKenna grabbing 6th.grabbed. The 3rd victory for the team came in the 4x400 as Susie Wasserman opened up with a big lead that provided the cushion for the rest of the team, as Molly Priedeman, Mary Doris Reggie and Carly Levenson ran to a 4:08. Earlier in the meet, Susie and mary Doris finished 4th and 5th in the 600 and Melissa Sullivan grabbed an 8th place point as she qualified for DIII NE's, while Carly and Molly grabbed 3rd and 5th respectively in the 1000, that despite a slow opening 400, heated up towards the end. Hoiwan Cheung grabbed 3rd place in the 800 with mariana palacios hot on her heels as both hit DIII NE marks. Jenny Mancino and Jennifer Rybak grabbed 4th and 5th in the high jump, with clearances of 4-11 and 4-9, while back to back finishes were also seen in the 400 as Kat Loomis and Kate SIlverman grabbed 5th and 6th. Mattie Baker finished 8th on both the 55 nd the 200 to lead the short sprinters. Eliza Schalch finished 4th in the mile to grab team points, and in the shot put Jordan Roehl grabbed 5th place, and then in the weight, she along with teammate Chi Uwakaneme each bettered their previous best marks as they continue to improve in the new event.
Wesleyan Invite - Jan 17th
Performers of the Meet - Zandra Walton and Daniel Murner
The team returned to competitive action at Wesleyan, and despite the heavy volume of work done over the past two weeks with double sessions, the teams looked very solid in the first competition of the new year. Sitting out nearly the entire distance crew, and others who would benefit from another week of training, most of those who did compete either raced at an over distance event or doubled up in events to get a solid workout. The women were led by individual winners Carly Levenson in the 400 - as she led a 1-2-4 sweep with Susie Wasserman and Mary Doris Reggie hot on her heels; Molly Priedeman in the 800 - leading a 1-2-3 sweep - with Hoiwan Cheung and Zoe Pagonis in close pursuit, Zandra Walton handily winning the mile and finishing 2nd in the 1000 shortly after; Jordan Roehl capturing her second Shot Put victory of the season and the 4x800 team of Priedeman, Levenson, Cheung and Reggie finishing the day with a win. Melissa Sullivan placed 3rd in the 1000 - her first ever indoor race. Mattie Baker led the team in the 200, along with a strong run in the 55 to open up her season. kate Silverman and Kat Loomis each qualified for the finals in the 55 hurdles in addition to running the 500. Jenny Mancino and Jennifer Rybak tied for 3rd in the high jump; Chibuzo Uwakaneme had strong throws in the Shot and Weight throw, improving on her marks from the first meet in December.
The men were led by a 1-5 sweep in the 3000 as Daniel Murner lead the way with his 8:47 clocking to pace Carlyle Eubank, Steve Corsello, Will Bell and Jimmy Swanson. All of them came back a few minutes after the race to run in the 4x800 to cap the day. Tommy Moore was victorious in the 500 as he took command of the race from the gun and never looked back, and Ryan Drost had a strong last stretch to grab the runner-up spot, with fellow training partner Chris Erickson coming in 4th. First year ben Scheetz stepped up to the 1000, and used a strong finishing kick to take the victory in the waning meters, while Steve Stewart grabbed 4th. Anthony Fuller grabbed 8th in the 55, and 6th in the 200. Kit Callahan closed hard in the last lap of the mile to finish 3rd with Joe Addison finishing 9th, and in the 2nd section Jack Seaver had a great race to win that race over teammate Kevin Hanley. The 4x400 team of Kit, Tommy, Ryan and Chris finished 3rd while the 4x800 team of Stew, Ben, Jimmy and Steve Corsello grabbed the runner-up spot.
Smith Winter Classic - Dec 6th
Performers of the Meet - Kat Loomis and Tommy Moore
The teams kicked off the 2008-09 Indoor Track & Field season with a meet at neighboring Smith College. While those who had done XC are waiting until January to begin racing, the sprinters and throwers who have been working out this fall got the chance to get the dust off, suffer from a little bit of track hack and some sore calves, and see where they were at with their training as they competed against 8 other teams in a non scoring invitational at Smith. It was a perfect way to start off the year, and despite the early stages, many great opening season marks were posted. Kat Loomis looked strong in the 400 as she led her race wire to wire, with Jenny mancino in hot pursuit as the two would finish 1st and 2nd, and then alter in the meet would finish 3rd and 4th in the 200. Carly Levenson led another 1-2 finish in the 800, as her and Mary Doris Reggie ran away from the field to post a 2:25 time. Zoe Pagonis won the 1000, running a very quick 3:07 to make her debut in the event, and was followed closely by Hoiwan Cheung in 3rd. Jordan Roehl started her Amherst career off in fine fashion, as she used her last throw in the shot put to the maximum advantage to go ahead of 4 other throwers and win the event with a mark in excess of 37 feet. The 4x400 relay of Susie, Kat, Mary Doris and Carly out ran the field to capture that win while the 4x800 relay of Molly Priedeman, Mariana Palacios, Hoiwan and Zoe finished the day off with another victory for the team.
Steve Stewart posted a pair of double wins for the team as he led the 800 from the opening gun, and just missed breaking 2:00, and then joined up with Tommy Moore, Ryan Drost and Chris Erickson to win an exciting 4x400 relay to finish the meet. Tommy was involved in another exciting race earlier, as he finished neck and neck with A Keene State runner in the 600 - earning runner-up honors but posting a very fast time in his first race above the 400. In the same heat, Ryan Drost would grab 4th matching his PR from last year. Anthony Fuller stepped up in distance from his normal 55m to race the 400 and would finish 6th, and then came back later to finish first for the team in the 200, as he led Mike Dolmatch and larry Thompson to Top Ten finishes in the 200. Spencer Russell had a solid run in the 55m prelims advancing to the final but a tight hamstring curtailed his shot at a win.
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