NCAA Championships

March 11-12, 2011


Full Results


Amherst Results - Men followed by Women

400m Dash
4 Scheetz Ben 48.66
800m Run
1 Scheetz Ben 1:51.26
Mile Run
9 Yochum Will 4:17.62
Corsello Steve 4:18.35
4x400m Relay
6 Reed Andrew
Moore Tommy
Melton Matt
Scheetz Ben  
10 Corsello Steve
Melton Matt
Grimes Pat
Yochum Will
1 Mile Run
8 Sullivan Melissa 4:58.44
5,000m Run
10 Simeone Ali 17:26.96


Finally, the moment we’ve waited all season for: NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in Columbus, Ohio at Capital University.  Eight men and two women made the trip for the two day event.  Friday’s trials saw nearly all of Amherst’s athletes move through the preliminary rounds to the finals.  Senior Will Yochum and junior captain Melissa Sullivan moved through the rounds in the men’s and women’s miles, while junior Ben Scheetz began his daunting weekend of racing by qualifying for finals in both the 400 meter dash and then the 800 meter run, less than an hour later. 

The following afternoon, Sullivan kicked off action for the Jeffs in the finals of the women’s mile run.  Throughout the 8-lap race, Sullivan jockeyed for position with the leaders, though the constant changes of pace took their toll, and when the race broke she began to fall back; however, in the end her valiant effort earned her 8th place and an All American award.  Yochum’s race in the finals of the men’s mile proceeded similarly.  Through most of the race, he made the surges necessary to remain among the top three in the field, though ultimately finished 9th, just out of All American status.  In shorter events, Ben Scheetz took fourth in his first of three finals on the afternoon, the 400m dash.  45 minutes later, he would return for the 800 meter run final.  From the gun, Scheetz went out on a mission and situated himself perfectly among the leaders.  As the race progressed, it appeared as if the challenge of already having moved through preliminary races and one final had taken its toll on the Amherst harrier, though with less than one lap remaining the junior showed his mettle with an astonishing kick that moved him from a distant third into second with the straightaway remaining.  As Scheetz closed on the finish line, he maintained his pace, climbing on the leader until the two crossed the tape nearly simultaneously, Scheetz just hundredths of a second in first to give Amherst its first men’s national champion in over a decade.  Sophomore Ali Simeone constituted Amherst’s lone distance runner at the meet, competing in the women’s 5,000 meters and capturing 10th place, as well as racing experience from which she will undoubtedly benefit.   Finally, in the meet’s concluding event, junior Ben Scheetz returned to the track to join senior captain Tommy Moore, junior Andrew Reed, and freshman Matt Melton in the men’s 4x400m relay.  Andrew Reed began the relay by successfully remaining in his lane until the break, when he made an aggressive move to lane one.  The Jeffs found themselves in a close third at the exchange, when Tommy Moore took the baton and ran one of his best legs on the year to maintain position.  Freshman Matt Melton delivered a exceptional third leg, as he has all year, pulling even with the leaders.  At the final exchange, Ben Scheetz dashed out in front, deftly avoiding a collision behind him.  He would not relinquish the position, winning the heat and securing 6th place for the relay.  Ultimately, in team scoring, then men notched their best team finish in school history at 6th place.