2009 Outdoor T & F Meet Notes

Amherst College Sports Information Web Page Write-ups

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NCAA's - May 23rd

Daniel Murner qualified provisionally in both the 5k and the 10k, but was only accepted into the 5k field as the 16th and final entrant. Racing at 3:55 with the weather into the 90's and no wind or cloud cover, the conditions were less then ideal for optimal racing and as was expected the opening pace was by all standards slow. The opening mile went through in about 4:54 with all but one of the entire race in a very tight pack. Going through the 2 miles, Daniel was still one of 14 guys within 2 seconds of one another as they went through the 2 mile around 9:41 and then the race started to pick up, and the heat took its toll. Murner stayed in contact with the back of the pack after nailing a 70 second lap but was not able to hold on to that pack - which had already splintered away from the front pack of 8 runners (All-Americans are the Top 8 finishers) and would end up finishing in 14th, well off of his season best time that qualified him for the race. The experience from competing at Nationals, and the preparation for the meet will certainly come in handy next year, as he will look to lay claim to All-American honors next year in his final year of racing.

ECAC's - May 14th and 15th

The teams headed to Springfield for the ECAC Championships, and for the majority of those competing, the last opportunity to compete for the year. As the meet came at the end of our final exam period, and sleep and mental focus would be at a premium, the athletes hoped for the best out of their events. On Thursday, Spencer Russell closed out his season by running the hurdles into a very stiff head wind and while not abel to improve upon his time, he improved upon his seeding coming into the meet, just missing making the finals on Friday. The other event we had on Thursday was the steeplechase, and Zandra Walton finished out her Amherst career by running her best time of the year and finishing 6th in 11:25 while Sophie Galleher just missed grabbing the final scoring spot, as she would finish 9th. Peter Foote grabbed a 6th place finish in his last steeplechase race for Amherst. On Friday's competition, Melissa Sullivan provided the brightest spot for the team as she grabbed 7th in the 800, dipping under her PR and just missing breaking the 2:17 barrier and then came back to join with Carly Levenson, Mary Doris Reggie and Susie Wasserman in the 4x400 as they nearly broke 4:00 minutes, knocked over 2 seconds from their best time of the season and grabbed a 7th place finish, and the race saw Mary Doris run her first sub 60 second carry. As the day got later, the temps started to climb and by the time the 5k's rolled around, the middle 80 degree day would not provide ideal conditions for racing and while the times suffered, those in the events competed well as Hallie Schwab grabbed a 6th place finish, followed closely by Liz Dalton - running her final race for AMherst - just missed out on scoring with her 9th place finish. The men's race saw Daniel Murner cruise to a 4th place finish while carlyle Eubank held on admirably to finish 7th. Susie, before anchoring the 4x400 relay grabbed 15th in the 400 hurdles. Steve Corsello and Jimmy Swanson were a little off their game in the 1500 and finished 11th and 13th respectively. The relays for the men did not go as well as hoped, and perhaps the toll of the week's studying and papers would be to blame, but in the 4x100 relay the team was unable to get the baton around, and then in the 4x400 a dropped baton at the first exchange took the team out of the race and while they would pick it up and try to get back into it, the hole had been dug pretty deep and they had to settle for a 3:26. Having a little bit left in the tank, Andrew Reed and Anthony Fuller took to the track just before the time trial for Ben Scheetz and Kit Callahan (1:56 and 1:59) and raced a 100m with Reed coming out on top with an 11.1 to Train's 11.2.

New England's - May 8th and 9th

Performers of the Meet - Eric Holaday and Melissa Sullivan

The teams headed down the hill to compete against the best teams in the region at the All New England Championships held at UMass and came away with some outstanding performances to either finish their season's on or in some cases, extend their season by another week. Both the men and women broke the school records in the 4x800 on Saturday as the women's team placed 6th, running a 9:14.22 with Carly Levenson leading off with a 2:18 split, Molly Priedeman running a 2:18, Melissa Sullivan throwing in a 2:17 and then Zandra Walton - having earlier run the steeplechase and filling in for an injured Hoiwan - running a 2:19 anchor leg to cap the great race. The men, in the very next race were not to be outdone by the women as Steve Stewart opened up with a 1:56 followed by Will Yochum in a 1:56, Kit Callahan came through in 1:57 before handing off to Ben Scheetz - who despite a very limited amount of running this spring - came through with a 1:55 leg and the record fell by nearly 4 seconds. On Friday, Liz Dalton grabbed a 3rd place finish in the 10k - run when it is less then ideal conditions, but despite the heat, she ran great and came away with the highest placing for the team. Hallie Schwab and Christina Wong raced in the unseeded 5k section with Hallie winning her section and Christina coming through with a 10 second PR. Eric Holaday ran a very patient race and avoided going out too hard early on, and then started to move through the pack as the race unfolded and moved all the way to 7th place, running to a time of 32:33. Carlyle Eubank figured out the last 1000 of the 5k, and ran considerably faster then previous attempts, as he knocked his time down to a 15:11. Steve Stewart and Andrew Reed ran 50.60 and 50.61 in the 400 trials, while Sean Legister improved his season best time to an 11.34 in the 100 trials. While not advancing to the finals, Spencer Russell did run fast enough 15.68 to hit the mark needed for ECAC's. The steeplechase got the saturday portion of the meet started, and Sophie Galleher and Zandra Walton raced together for much of their race with Sophie dropping under 11:30 and Zandra finishing a little bit ahead of her previous best time on the year. In the same section, Melissa pritchard just missed breaking the 12:00 barrier and she finished with her best race as well. John McGrail in the unseeded section did much of the early leading, and wound up finishing in a new PR of 9:41. The men's 4x100 relay of Anthony Fuller, Legs, Tommy Moore and Andrew capitalized on good handoff's and not only ran under 43 seconds but also managed to grab the final scoring spot as they finished 8th. The 1500 proved to be a great race for the team as all four of the guys dropped their times from the season as Will Bell finally got under 4:00 as he was in the first section and ran 3:58. Jimmy Swanson - battling a foot problem for much of the past month - was able to put him injury on the back burner and finished well in 3:55 with Steve Corsello knocking 8 seconds off his time to finish in a 3:57. Will Yochum ran in the fastest section and wound up finishing 9th overall, just dipping under 3:54 and slightly improving his NCAA ranking. Sully, before running a leg on the record breaking 4x800, got her day started by knocking nearly a second and a half off her 800 time as she ran 2:17.11 to finish in second in her section. Peter Foote grabbed an 8th place in the steeplechase, just off his best time recorded at NESCAC's 2 weeks ago. The women's 4x400 relay of Jenny Mancino, Mary Doris Reggie, Kat Loomis and Susie Wasserman ran a 4:07 bolstered by Susie's 58.4 carry. The men's team of Tommy, A-train, Andrew and Ryan Drost stepping in to replace Stew who was running the 4x800, ran to a 3:21.09 and 15th place finish with Ryan running his best ever relay split of 50.5 and all the other legs in the low 50.

DIII New England's - May 2nd

Performers of the Meet - Will Yochum and Liz Dalton

Due to the recent flu outbreak reported on campus, there was some question as to whether or not we would be competing but clearance from medical personnel gave the team the opportunity to test their mettle against the other DIII teams in the region. Both teams finished in the same scoring position - 14th - and saw many great performances on the day. Will Yochum had the best finish of the day for the men in an individual event as he grabbed a 3rd place finish in a very competitive 1500 field while the 4x400 relay of Tommy Moore, Anthony Fuller, Steve Stewart and Andrew Reed also grabbed a bronze and the 6 points that went along with their 3rd place finish. Jimmy Swanson, after finishing 12th in the 1500 came back even stronger in the 800 to grab a 6th place finish while Yochum was just out of the scoring in 9th place. Sean Legister finished 15th overall in the 100 but improved upon his seed by over 10 places in running 11:41, and then joined with A-Train, Tommy and Andrew in the 4x100 to grab an 8th place finish. John McGrail finished in 7th place in the steeplechase, just off of his time from last week, while Travis Cohoon ran 10:13 in the unseeded section. Ryan Drost had a strong finish in the 400 Hurdles to grab 15th running 58.19. Daniel Murner finished 6th in the 5k while Spencer Russell grabbed 9th place in the High Hurdles - just missing making the finals by one position.

As she did last week, Susie Wasserman had the best finish for the team, as she grabbed a 5th place finish in the 400 Hurdles, just missing the breaking of the 65 second barrier but lowering her best ever time by nearly a 1/2 second. Liz Dalton had a nice breakthrough in the 5k, as she followed up her PR from last week in the 10k by lowering her best time in the 5k nearly 20 seconds to grab a 7th place finish running 18:08. The quartet of Hoiwan Cheung, Zandra Walton, Molly Priedeman and Melissa Sullivan helped the team cause by placing 5th in the 4x800, while the 4x400 team of Susie, Jenny Mancino, Mary Doris Reggie and Carly Levenson just missed scoring as they placed 9th overall. Zandra, before running the 4x800, got the meet started with a great run in the steeplechase as she easily won the 1st section of two, and grabbed 6th place overall with her 11:35 while Sophie Galleher would finish in 8th, running 11:30 rebounding nicely from last week, and also in the unseeded section, Melissa Pritchard knocked another 8 seconds off her best time. Carly was the fastest 800 runner for the team as she went under 2:20 for the first time this season, running 2:19.92 and placing 14th. Molly and Hoiwan came in just after her, finishing just above 2:20.

NESCAC's - April 25th

Performers of the Meet - Peter Foote and Susie Wasserman

The teams headed down to Conn College for the NESCAC Championships, and the combination of great weather and strong competition brought out some great performances by the team. The men had their best finish in 9 years as they finished 5th, while the women grabbed 8th place. The men's lone victory, came in the days last event as the Distance Medley Relay team of Will Yochum, Kit Callahan, Will Bell and Jimmy Swanson had an exciting rae with bates College before Jimmy was able to move in front for good in the last lap to secure the victory in a time of 10:10.87 and secure the 5th place team finish. Peter Foote broke the 9:30 barrier in the steeplechase for the first time as he finished 2nd, running 9:26 to significantly lower his best time and grab his highest championship finish. In the same race, John Mcgrail had a great run and a big last 200 to grab 5th place and Travis Cohoon lowered his best time to qualify for the DIII NE meet. Daniel Murner and Carlyle Eubank traded some early laps in the 5k, and while the heat was great for some events, it took its toll on the runners in this race but the duo was able to grab a 2nd and 4th place finish. Sean Legister proved to be team champion in the 100, as he edged Anthony Fuller by .002 seconds as the pair finished 5th and 6th in the 100, and then combined with Andrew Reed and Tommy Moore to grab a 3rd place finish in the 4x100. Andrew and Tommy placed 8th and 9th in the 400, while Larry thompson after getting so close each week, finally was able to break under the 52 second barrier. The 4x400 relay of Reed, Moore, Fuller and Steve Stewart had an exciting race as the finished 3rd in their best time of the season and will look to run under 3:20 in the coming weeks as A-train, running the second leg, got under 50 seconds for his split for the first time. Jimmy Swanson grabbed a 4th place finish in the 800 out of the "slower heat", as he raced to a 1:54.50 while Steve Stewart, who led for the first 600 raced to a new PR, just missing the 1:56 barrier (1:56.07). In the first section of the 800, Kit Callahan used a strong finish to win the section in an outdoor PR of 1:58.50 while Ben Scheetz ran his first race since indoors, and ran to a 1:59. Chris Eaton, after taking down a few trees in the warm-ups, threw the hammer to a new PR of 145-5 and grabbed 7th place to pick up 2 points for the team. the Will duo (Yochum and Bell) finished 4th and 7th in the 1500, while Steve Corsello continues to rally into shape from an ankle injury and qualified for this weekend's meet with his 4:04 clocking.

The women were led by Susie Wasserman's 3rd place finish in the 400 hurdles, as she raced to a time of 65.48 in the slower section - missing her best time from last year by .01 seconds. She finished the day by joining with kate Silverman, Mary Doris Reggie and Carly Levenson to finish 5th in the 4x400 relay. The 10k got the day started, and the duo of Hallie Schwab and Liz Dalton not only placed 5th and 6th, but also significantly improved their best times as each broke 38:30, while Christina Wong finished in 10th. Melissa Sullivan had a pair of great races as she won her section of the 800 with a new PR of 2:18.44 and finished 9th, and then anchored the 4x800 relay to a 3rd place finish with a 2:17.3 carry as Hoiwan Cheung, Molly Priedeman and Liza Schalch were able to finish the day with a crucial 6 points to move the team into 8th place overall. Zandra Walton and Liza finished back to back in the 1500, going 1-2 in the 1st section and placing 12 and 13th overall with Liza improving upon her best time by over 2 seconds. Jenny Mancino grabbed 9th in the high jump, having cleared the same height as 4 other jumpers but missing scoring based on attempts, while Jennifer Rybak finished in 10th as she bounced between the high and triple jumps. Jenny joined, earlier in the day, with Mattie baker, Kate and Kat Loomis to finish 7th in the 4x100 relay. Jordan Roehl finished 8th in the shot put, and also made the finals in the hammer while Chibuzo Uwakeneme had a couple of huge throws in he hammer as she added nearly 16 feet to her best mark on 2 of her attempts finishing at 116-00 and placing 13th. Melissa Pritchard grabbed the win in the slower section of the steeplechase and considerably lowered her best time to a 12:17 and finished 10th overall, and in the same finishing spot, Carly ran 61.13 in the 400 to grab a 10th place.

Little Three's - April 18th

Performers of the Meet - Andrew Reed & Travis Cohoon and Hoiwan Cheung

The teams headed down to Wesleyan for the annual Little Three Championships and with perfect weather and a large gathering of friend and family, conditions were ideal for great performances. Travis Cohoon grabbed the day's lone individual victory for the men as he cruised to a win in the steeplechase, taking over the lead at the mile and then pulling away for the decisive victory. the men's 4x400 relay of Tommy Moore, Kit Callahan, Steve Stewart and Andrew Reed finished the day with an exciting victory that saw 2 guys dip under 50 seconds (Steve and Andrew). In the open 400, Andrew dipped under the 50 second barrier for the first time as he placed 3rd in a 49.92, and then coming in 4th and 5th were Tommy and Stew who both just missed breaking 50 seconds, while in the 2nd heat Keith Pendergrass and Chris Erickson each had great races that saw them lower their best times of the season considerably. Spencer Russell, high hurdling for the first time this season, narrowly missed the win while running a 15.78 in his first effort over the 42 inch hurdles. Sean "Legs" Legister, ran to a new 100m PR, placing 3rd overall after running 11.40 out of the second section. The 800 was a hot event that saw some great marks. Will Yochum and Will Bell - after having run the night before at princeton - stepped down the 800 and both ran 1:56 to finish 4th and 6th in new PR's. Carlyle Eubank and Steve Corsello finish 4th and 7th in the 1500, while Geoff Ainslie ran to a new PR of 4:17. Ryan drost, in addition to keeping busy with some of the jumps, also found time to finish 3rd in the 400 hurdles, running 57.87 and Peter Foote also grabbed a 3rd place finish, this being in the 5k with Eric Holaday coming in shortly after. Chris Eaton grabbed a 3rd place finish in his throwing specialty - the hammer, and also grabbed points in the discus and shot put. running the 4x100 for the first time this season the quartet of Anthony Fuller, Moore, legister and Reed raced around the track in 43.21 to grab a runner-up finish.

The women garnered 2 first place finishes on the day - one by Elise tropiano in the 5k and the other by jordan Roehl in the hammer (the 2nd consecutive year an Amherst thrower won that event). Jordan also stayed very busy with the other throwing events as she finished 2nd in both the shot put and discus and also scored points in the javelin for good measure. Keeping Jordan company on the day was Chibuzo Uwakeneme who finished 3rd, 4th and 6th in the hammer, shot and discus. Hoiwan Cheung and Molly Priedeman had a great stretch battle in the 800 as they finished side by side and to make it even better, both dipped under 2:20 for the first time as they came through in 2:19.65 and 67 while one spot behind them was Liza Schalch also lowered her best time to a 2:21. Melissa Sullivan ran to a huge Pr in the 1500 as she grabbed 6th after running a 4:46.53, and then joined with Susie Wasserman, Mary Doris Reggie and Carly Levenson to grab a runner-up finish in the 4x400 in a time of 4:02.88. Before leading off the relay, Susie grabbed a 3rd place finish in the 400 hurdles, as her and Kate Silverman each ran 68 seconds. While a few more barriers to jump, and a water pit to keep them cool, Sophie Galleher and Zandra Walton finished 2-3 in the steeplechase. Jenny mancino and Jennifer Rybak put their versatility to good use as the pair were all over the track competing in running, jumping and throwing events with Jenny earning a runner-up finish in the high jump and JRy finishing 3rd. Mattie Baker, in addition to leading off the 4x100 relay also was the top sprinter for the team as she grabbed a pair of 5th place finishes in the 100 and 200, while Carly Levenson equaled the 5th place performance in the 400 as she just missed breaking 60 seconds. In the same event, Mary Doris grabbed 7th and Caroline Darmody raced to her best time of the season as she ran 68 seconds. the 5k, which was won by Elise, saw some great marks as Liz Dalton ran to her best time this season - despite last minute thesis work - and finished 5th, while Christina Wong grabbed 6th in a strong race and Melissa Pritchard and Shannon McKenna each getting well under the 20 minute mark.

Larry Ellis Invite - April 17th

Four men headed down to Princeton to compete against top competition at the Larry Ellis Invite. Daniel Murner, while hoping for a deeper field and potentially faster pace, still proved to be the toughest on the day as he blazed to a new school record time, and an NCAA provisional mark, of 30:43.33. He led the race through the first 4 miles, before settling in behind a pair of runners and then after hitting the 6 mile mark is 29:39 he took off from the pack and ran way with the win. Earlier in the evening, Will Yochum, Jimmy Swanson and Will Bell competed in the 1500. Yochum had the best finish of the trio as he ran to a new PR of 3:54.51, and qualified provisionally for NCAA's while Jimmy came in behind him in 3:56. Will ran in the next section, and came through with a new PR of 4:00.28. All three ran similar splits in their respective races - 62.7 / 2:06 and 3:09's through the 4,8 and 1200.

UMass Invite - April 11th

Performers of the Meet - Chris Eaton and Hallie Schwab

The team enjoyed the very short commute for this meet, as we simply traveled down the hill and got a great meet and lots of competition at the UMass Invite. Each team grabbed an individual win with Daniel Murner running to a new PR and qualifying provisionally for NCAA's with his 14:39, and like wise, Elise Tropiano also got a qualifier out of the way with her 10:48 wire to wire victory in the Steeplechase. Chris Eaton throwing underneath the UMass Football Stadium overhang, had a great series of throws as he bumped his previous best in the hammer throw in 4 of 6 attempts and finished 4th overall. Jordan Roehl and Chibuzo Uwakaneme, not be outdone by Chris also throw well with Jordan just missing breaking her own record but placing 7th and Chi setting her new best. Carly Levenson led the 800 contingent with her 9th place finish, a few steps ahead of Hoiwan Cheung and Molly Priedeman. Hallie Schwab ran a great race in the 5k to lower her best mark ever to an 18:11, and has set new PR's in her first two races of the outdoor season. Mattie Baker ran a solid time in the 200, straight into a headwind to finish 13th after taking 12th in the 100. Susie Wasserman cracked the Top 10 in the 400 Hurdles with her 8th place finish. Sophie Galleher grabbed 14th in the 1500 running 4:53 while Eliza Schalch looked real strong running to her new PR of 4:58. Peter Foote had a great season opener in the steeplechase as he set a new PR of 9:33 to place 4th, with fellow steepler John McGrail looking strong in 5th, running 9:50. Travis Cohoon ran a great race in the 5k to significantly lower his best mark and now hones in on trying to break 16:00. Andrew Reed continues to impress as he is having a great introduction to track and again lowered his best 400 time, this week running 51.42 to again lead the team with Larry Thompson inching closer to the 51 second land and Jack Kiley and Tommy Moore also running 52 seconds. Jimmy Swanson, Will Yochum and Will Bell finished in the Top 10 in the 800 running 1:57, 58 and 1:59 after having doubled earlier in the 1500 with Yochum breaking 4:00 for the first time and finishing in the scoring with his 4th place finish. Pete Skurman ran a nifty 2:06 in the 800 and Geoff Ainslie and Chris Erickson each rna 2:07. Ryan Drost and Spencer Russell finished 8th and 11th in the 400 hurdles

Springfield Opener - April 4th

Performers of the Meet - Andrew Reed and Christina Wong

With a cold biting wind that was all over the place, periodic rain and temperatures that made taking off the sweats a questionable thing, the team fared well in a 5 team meet at Springfield. While a tough day to post some real fast marks, the intent was to compete well and give a solid effort that will help us down the road once it becomes a little better for ideal conditions to compete. Will Yochum grabbed the days lone victory for the men with his win in the 5000, running smooth through the entire race before pulling away in the last 600, while Melissa Pritchard grabbed the lone win for the women as she tackled the steeplechase - quite literally as she took a fall in the last lap that left her bruised and cut up, but not enough to deter her from taking the win handily. Jordan Roehl threw the hammer to a new school record mark by nearly a foot, as she continue to gain momentum in that event while Chibuzo Uwakaneme also had a great throw to break the 100 foot barrier and grab points. Andrew Reed - a new convert to track, continued to show big improvement as he nearly broke 52 seconds in the 400, finishing just behind Larry Thompson who ran another PR to just miss cracking the barrier and then the pair combined with Anthony Fuller and Ryan Drost to finish 2nd in the 4x400 relay. Steve Stewart grabbed a runner-up spot in the 800 as he just missed breaking 1:58, Daniel Murner dropped down in distance to finish 2nd in the 1500, while Chris Eaton also grabbed a runner-up spot in the Hammer, getting the ball and chain out over 130 feet. Christina Wong, despite the windy and cold conditions, lowered her 5k PR to an 18:42 while placing 4th with Sophie Galleher just behind her, while Melissa Sullivan battled the wind and a pair of Middlebury runners to finish 3rd in the 800, while Molly Priedeman and Eliza Schalch were just behind in 6th and 7th. Carly Levenson grabbed a 5th place in the 400 to lead the Amherst contingent in that event, while Mattie Baker grabbed a pair of 5th place finishes in the 100 and 200. Jennifer Rybak grabbed a 5th in the high jump as she just missed clearing 5 feet, while in the long jump, Sean Legister jumped over 19 feet in his first crack at the event this spring. Ryan Drost grabbed a 4th place finish, nearly being blown off the track in the 400 Hurdles while Peter Foote warmed up for his steeple debut with a 6th place finish. Kevin Hanley and Travis Cohoon chipped the ice off the water pit and got their feet wet with the steeplechase, finishing 7th and 8th. Anthony Fuller led the sprint group with a 6th and 7th place finish in the 100 and 200 respectively, while the day also saw the return of the infamous Jack Kiley as he returned to competition in the 400 grabbing a 10th place in his first race in over a year.

Bantam Invite - March 28th

Performers of the Meet - Melissa Sullivan and Steve Stewart

The outdoor season officially got underway with an unusually gorgeous day at the Bantam Invite held at Trinity. The weather was brisk in the early portion which was ideal for the 10k runners and then proceeded to warm up and stay sunny, and despite the early going, the team posted some great results. The 10k runners, using the race as a harder workout effort were rewarded with some great times. Daniel Murner started off the outdoor season right where he left off the indoor season - as the first one to cross the line, as he easily outdistanced the field with a solid time and posted the day's lone victory for the team. Hallie Schwab, Liz Dalton and Christina not only finished 2-3-4 but all ran under the PR's, which bodes well for later in the season when they return to the race to really get after a fast mark. Melissa Sullivan garnered a pair if third place finishes - first in the 1500 where she had a great 2nd half of the race to move into 3rd and run to a great time as she stepped up in distance. Ellen Richmond, in the last section also had a great race as she ran well under her PR time for the Mile when converting and has show some great improvement in a very short time. In the 800, Sullivan again was the top Amherst finisher but this time it was a wave of purple as 5 of the Top 10 runners were Amherst as Carly Levenson grabbed 4th, with Molly Priedeman, Mary Doris Reggie and Hoiwan Cheung all coming in within a second of each other. Kate Silverman and Kat Loomis finished 4th and 5th in the 400 hurdles before they each led off their respective 4x400 relay teams. Jenny Mancino and Jennifer Rybak each duplicated the 4-5 finish, but they did it in the high jump. Mattie Baker, as she has grown accustomed to, finished as the top 200 runner for the team and cracked the Top 10. Jordan Roehl grabbed a Top 10 finish in the shot put and both her and Chibuzo Uwakaneme got their first experience with the hammer as they finished 11th and 16th. Peter Foote had a 5th place finish in the 5k, while Steve Stewart posted a PR in the 1500 before doubling back to run a strong 800 and then anchoring the 4x400 relay. In the 400, Larry Thompson had a great performance to just miss breaking 52 seconds in his first race and has been making the transition to the 400 very effectively. Andre Gary was also in the 52 second range while Keith Pendergrass and Andrew Reed each broke into the Top 20. The 4x400 relay of Larry, Ryan Drost, Anthony Fuller and Stew grabbed a 4th place finish while the women ran 2 teams that were equally matched rather then loaded up and placed 5th and 6th.

Rhodes Invite - March 21st

Capitalizing on her indoor track strength and the fact that she was also nearby to the meet at Rhodes College in Memphis TN, Elise Tropiano qualified for the National Championships automatically in the 10k with her personal best run of 35:37 to win the race. She worked with a runner from Calvin College to share the workload before pulling away to win by a few seconds.

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