New England Championships at Boston University

February 27th and 28th, 2009

Full Results Women & Men


Team Results - Women 20th w/ 10 points and Men 25th w/ 6 points

Amherst Results -Women then Men

Women 3000 Meter Run
1   Tropiano, Elise        Amherst                9:52.58   
9   Galleher, Sophia       Amherst               10:23.19
12   Schwab, Hallie         Amherst               10:25.34
22   McKenna, Shannon       Amherst               10:36.70
Women 4x800 Meter Relay           9:29.56
                        11 Priedeman 2:21.6, Sullivan 2:19.8, Schalch 2:24.7, Cheung 2:23.4                                        
Women 500 Meter Dash
13   Levenson, Carly        Amherst                1:18.45   
25   Reggie, Mary Doris     Amherst                1:20.23   
Women 4x400 Meter Relay           4:01.28
                               14 Wasserman 59.4, Silverman 61.2, Reggie 60.7, Levenson 59.7                                        
Women 400 Meter Dash
15    Wasserman, Susan       Amherst                  59.46  
Women 1000 Meter Run
18    Sullivan, Melissa      Amherst                3:04.53
Women 1 Mile Run
22   Walton, Zandra         Amherst                5:15.91
Men 5000 Meter Run
3    Murner, Daniel         Amherst               14:47.95  
Men 3000 Meter Run
9    Foote, Peter           Amherst                8:35.09
12   Yochum, Will           Amherst                8:43.71
Men 4x800 Meter Relay             7:53.83
                            12 Stewart 2:02.9, Callahan 1:57.1, Swanson 1:55.0, Yochum 1:58.7                                      
Men 400 Meter Dash
21 Moore, Tommy           Amherst                  50.52   
Men 1 Mile Run
21   Swanson, Jimmy         Amherst                4:17.88
Men 4x400 Meter Relay             3:26.22
  22 Moore 51.0, Drost 51.5, Pendergrass 52.5, Fuller 50.8 


Meet Recap

Athletes 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.