2010-11 Indoor T & F Meet Notes

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NCAA Championships - March 11-12, 2011

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.


ECAC Championships - March 4-5, 2011

Performers of the Meet: Matt Melton ’14 and Keri Lambert ‘13

On March 4th, the Amherst College Lord Jeff men’s and women’s track and field teams boarded a bus and traveled to the Big Apple to participate in the ECAC championships at the New Balance Armory Track and Field Center on Friday and Saturday.  Friday’s distance events provided the evening’s highlights.  In the women’s 5,000m run, sophomore Ali Simeone raced to a third-place finish in an outstanding 17:01.31, marking not only a substantial PR, but an automatic qualifying mark for NCAA championships as well.  Teammates Christina Wong and Kristen Moulton also recorded personal bests in the event, the former by 10 seconds and the latter by six.  On the men’s side of the event, senior John McGrail capped off his final indoor season with a sixth-place finish in 14:53.94.    Also taking a sixth-place finish was the women’s DMR team, comprising juniors Liza Schalch and Melissa Sullivan, sophomore Lauren Almeida, and senior Susie Wasserman.  They lowered their NCAA provisional mark to 11:56.47, bolstered by Almedia’s 2:18 800m leg, and Sullivan’s 4:52 mile.

Junior Jordan Roehl was the Jeff’s first representative on Saturday, in the women’s weight throw, where she marked a PR and new school record of 14.21 meters.  On the men’s side of the event, senior Chris Eaton also marked a PR and new school record, his at 17.11 meters.  Eaton’s throw merited a sixth-place finish.  The first track highlights came from the 500.  On the women’s side, senior captain Susie Wasserman led from wire to wire to finish the turn in 1:17.30, setting a new PR and ducking substantially under the previous school record.  On the men’s side, junior Ben Scheetz also bested the Amherst College school record of 1:03.70 by running 1:02.74 to take the race by more than a full second.  The 800-meter run followed, and saw junior captain Melissa Sullivan take sixth in 2:16.79, and the 1,000m run saw Amherst seniors Will Yochum and Steve Corsello take first and fourth on the men’s side, and Keri Lambert take fourth on the women’s side in an outstanding, nose-to-the-grindstone performance in the event.  The afternoon’s final open event, the 3,000m run, saw a number of athletes double from the previous evening’s 5,000m run – among them Tori Sosnowski and Christina Wong, who finished third and eighth in the women’s race, both in PRs.  Junior Laura Zaccagnino also raced to a personal best in the event and took 18th in a field of 36.  On the men’s side, John McGrail added a sixth-place finish to his exploits on the weekend.  In the weekend’s relay action, the women’s 4x800m team of Keri Lambert, Lauren Almeida, Amy Dao, and Lisa Walker captured third, and the men’s 4x400m relay team took home the gold in 3:16.95, thanks in large part to a 48.5 split by first year Matt Melton, who has shown constant improvement all season.

Open New England Championships - February 25-26

Performers of the Meet: Ben Scheetz ’12 and Susie Wasserman ‘11

On February 25th and 26th, the Amherst College men’s and women’s track and field teams journeyed once again to Boston University, the site of such overwhelming success only two weeks before, with the hope of repeating at least some of it – and repeat they did.  In Friday’s trials action, juniors Ben Scheetz and Melissa Sullivan earned berths in Saturday’s finals in the men’s 800 and women’s 1,000; and in other open action on the track, senior John McGrail housed the last 200 meters of his 5K to place third overall in 14:38.54, just barely missing a time that will take him to NCAA championships.  He plans to attempt again next week at the Armory.  In the women’s 400m dash, senior captain Susie Wasserman broke the first of three school records that would be broken that weekend, clocking 58.95 for the two-lap turn.  She would return to provide the 800m leg of Amherst’s 10th place DMR squad, which featured outstanding 400 and mile legs from sophomores Jade McKnight and Keri Lambert.

Saturday’s events opened with the unseeded sections of the mile run, in which sophomore Lauren Almeida and first year Amy Dao both battled to significant PRs: Almeida in 5:08.40 and Dao in 5:14.06.  Both would return later in the day to provide two of Amherst’s legs in the 4x800m relay.  The seeded section of the men’s mile featured not one but two Amherst competitors: classmates Will Yochum and Steve Corsello.  1200 meters in, the race had not yet broken, and legs became tangled amid the pack that had remained since the gun.  A handful of runners hit the deck, as the two Amherst men leaped the pile.  Ultimately Yochum would finish 8th and Corsello 18th.  It was, however, the race at half that distance that provided the most excitement on the day for the Jeffs.  Junior Ben Scheetz returned for the final of the men’s 800, in which he went out trailing the leaders for just under 600 meters.  When the race broke and UConn’s Michael Rutt sprinted away from the pack, Scheetz followed in hot pursuit.  Ultimately, Ben would place second in a stunning 1:48.08, besting Amherst’s school record by more than two seconds, and claiming the second fastest indoor time in Division III history.  He would later join senior captain Andre Gary, junior Andrew Reed, and first year Matt Melton to anchor a 3:16.67 4x400m relay team, marking the final school record on the meet.  Following that race, junior captain Melissa Sullivan competed in the finals of the women’s 1,000m run, in which she recorded a 2:54.07 to take fifth overall.  Classmate Eliza Schalch grabbed 12th with a personal best 3:01.76.  In the afternoon’s final open event, the 3,000m run, Amherst’s Ali Simeone charged to a fifth place finish of her own in a personal best 10:01.83, leading teammates Angie Epifano and Kristen Moulton, who finished in 12th and 18th in PRs of their own.  The day’s relay events saw Amherst’s women’s 4x800 take 9th, and the men’s school record setting 4x400m relay team grab sixth.  When the dust had settled and final team scores came back, Amherst’s women notched 21st of 34, while the men took 11th for the highest finish among NESCAC school and the second highest DIII finish.

DIII New England Championships - February 19

Performers of the Meet: Andrew Reed ’12 and Angie Epifano ‘14

The end of February brings with it the start of the Division III championship season, which begins with the Division III New England Championships, so on February 19th,  the Amherst College Track and Field teams traveled to Springfield and MIT for the men’s and women’s meets.

In the sprint events, junior Andrew Reed bounced back from his disqualification in the open 400m dash last weekend to place 5th this weekend from the third heat, taking second in his heat and displacing a full heat and a half of competitors ranked above him.  Reed made the two lap turn in 50.81 on a tough track.  Teammate Andre Gary followed in 12th.  In the longer sprints, junior Ben Scheetz, who has been on a tear as of late, continued his hot streak, taking first in the 600m run by nearly a full second.  He clocked 1:19.76, breaking an eleven-year old New England record held by none other than former Amherst harrier Jeff Willis, and a thirteen-year old school record held by the inimitable Rob Mitchell.  Scheetz would return in the 1,000m run to take fourth.  The meet’s next highlights came in the true distance events.  Senior John “The Unstoppable Force” McGrail, who has been riding a wave of his own, took the 3,000m run among some of the best distance runners in the region in a facility-record 8:29.54, a full five seconds ahead of the next fastest competitor.  In the relays, The Jeffs battled Springfield College and Williams College through two laps until first year speedster Matt Melton, ran a 50-point third leg that opened the gates for Andrew Reed’s anchor leg.  Reed held on for first, crossing the line four tenths of a second ahead of Springfield College’s Hay Nickel in a facility record 3:23.17.  In the field, senior Chris Eaton took eighth in the weight throw.  The men ultimately took seventh overall.

On the women’s side, the Jeffs saw highlights across a number of event ranges.  In the short sprints, first year Shyloe Jones continued to reap the benefits of the work in practice, running another huge PR in the 55-meter dash.  She closed out her season by clocking 7.62 to take 12th overall.  In the 600m dash, senior captain Susie Wasserman led for two laps before battling to a hard-fought fourth place finish in the heat and fifth overall.  Junior co-captain Melissa Sullivan grabbed fourth in the 800 meter run in her fastest time of the year, and in the event one lap longer, first years Amy Dao and Lisa Walker and sophomore Lauren Almeida all marked personal bests.  The day’s distance events provided ample fireworks as well.  In the 3,000 meter run, sophomore Ali Simeone led the field through just about half, before falling to fourth.  With just under 1,000 meters remaining, Simeone began a monstrous kick, sprinting into third place, and then taking advantage of a tactical error by Tufts’s Amy Wilfert to dash into second, where she ultimately finished in 10:09.12, her fastest time on the season.  Senior captain Christina Wong made her turn in a 10:38 PR.  The day’s longest race, the 5,000m run, saw two Amherst first years take points.  Tori Sosnowski grabbed sixth, and classmate Angie Epifano took fifth in a nine-second personal best.  In the field, first year Naomi Bates sprang to a 5.17m effort in the long jump to take seventh overall from the first flight.  Not only was the jump a personal best, it also qualified her for ECAC championships.  Ultimately, Amherst nabbed 36 points and earned sixth place, continuing the women’s team streak of top ten finishes at the meet over the last decade.

Valentine Invitational - February 11-12

Performers of the Meet: Men’s DMR Squad and Ali Simeone ‘13

The Boston University Valentine Invitational – one of the premier indoor invitationals on the East Coast and the biggest stage upon which Amherst College Track and Field has yet performed this season.  And it was upon this stage that the Jeffs demonstrated precisely how with fierce determination athletes from such a small program can roll with the big dogs.  On Friday night, the men’s distance medley relay squad comprising senior captain Steve Corsello, fellow senior captain Tommy Moore, junior Ben Scheetz, and senior Will Yochum, set the tone by blowing away the field with a 9:49.11 overall victory, bolstered by Corsello’s 3:01 opening leg and Scheetz’s 1:49 800-meter leg.  Not only did the time earn the Jeffs first place, it qualified them automatically for NCAA championships, and set a Division III national record to boot – the first DIII team ever to run under 9:50 for the event.  The subsequent event on Friday night constituted the women’s portion of the meet, and among those events several Jeff highlights stand out.  In the sprints, first year Shyloe Jones marked a PR in the 200 meter dash by over a half second to nail a DIII qualifier, and senior captain Susie Wasserman turned a 60.14 in the 400m dash for an ECAC qualifying mark in her fastest time on the year.  First year Bridget Bennett also extended her season to ECACs by running a 3:07.98 in the 1,000m run.  In the longer mid distance races, junior captain Melissa Sullivan recorded a PR in the mile with a 4:56 effort for 16th place overall, and the distinction of being one of only two DIII runners to crack the five-minute barrier.  Teammates Liza Schalch, Amy Dao, and Lauren Almeida followed in suit, each marking a PR of her own.  The true distance events proceeded similarly.  In the 3,000 meter run, sophomore Kristen Moulton led a pack of three teammates in 10:36.69, another impressive finish for her, while Laura Zaccagnino, Elodie Reed, and Jasia Kaulbach followed.  In the evening’s final event, the 5,000 meter run, sophomore Ali Simeone charged to a 17:18.63 PR and NCAA provisional time in front of teammates Tori Sosnowski, Christina Wong, Angie Epifano, and Sarah Daly, all of whom marked their fastest times on the season, Epifano despite falling to the track in the race’s first 100 meters.  In the field, first year Naomi Bates placed 16th with a 10.86 meter leap in the triple jump.

On Saturday, the Jeffs returned for the men’s portion of the competition; though the women’s DMR began the meet.  Amherst’s team of Liza Schalch, Susie Wasserman, Lauren Almeida, and Melissa Sullivan combined for an NCAA provo finish of 12:05.31, continuing the previous day’s trend.  When the men took the track, the afternoon’s first highlights came from the 400 meter dash.  Junior Ben Scheetz completed the two lap race in a lightning quick 47.47 to place second from the fourth heat, finishing as the top collegiate runner.  His mark represents an NCAA automatic qualifying time, as well as an Amherst College indoor record.  Senior captains Andre Gary, and Tommy Moore, and first year Matt Melton all ran the event as well, and all marked times between 50.30 and 50.55.  Senior Taylor Perkins again marked a PR, running 51.46, in his fastest time since high school.  The mid-distance events also provided fireworks.  Sophomore Adron Pitmon showed off his kick in the 800m run, to nearly take his heat in the 800 in 1:56.49, and classmate Eli Howe apparently took notes, unleashing a kick of his own to duck just under the two-minute mark for the first time.  In the mile, senior John “Get Out of My Way or I’ll Move You” McGrail demonstrated his own wheels in the last 200 meters of his race to mark a 4:16 two-lap turn.  Sophomore Pat Grimes finished just ahead in 4:15.33, while senior captain Steve Corsello ran a brilliant race to hit 4:07.48, an NCAA automatic qualifying mark.  In the 4x400 meter relay, Amherst College posted a school-record, NCAA qualifying mark of 3:17.64, and in the meet’s final track event, senior Will Yochum notched himself another NCAA mark, this one in the 5,000 meter run, with a 25-lap time of 14:38.26, to finish 14th.  In the field, senior Chris Eaton shows continuing improvement, uncorking a 17.10 meter, three-spin throw to take 7th overall and qualify for NCAA championships.

Tartan Invitational - February 5

Performers of the Meet: Jack Seaver '11, John McGrail '11 and Kristen Moulton '13

“Dominant” – a word that describes perfectly the performance of the Amherst College men’s and women’s track and field teams at the Smith College 2011 Tartan Invitational.  In overall team scoring, the women placed first with 214 points to WPI’s second with 178, while the men finished second to WPI with 205 points.  The Jeffs earned scoring positions in every event except the women’s 400 and women’s 600 – in which they had no entrants – and earned at least two scoring spots in every event in which they had multiple entrants.  Event wins for the men came in the weight throw, 400m dash, 800m run, 1,000m run, 3,000m run, 5,000m run, 4x400m relay, and 4x800m relay; while the women merited championships in the long jump, triple jump, 1,000m run, 3,000m run, 5,000m run, and 4x800m relay.  Of such stellar results, a few stand out as highlights.

Success again began this week in the field.  Junior Jordan Roehl showed significant improvement in the weight throw in only her second meet of the season, chucking the 20 pound implement 14.16 meters, breaking her own school record of 13.51m.  Senior Chibuzo Uwakaneme found her first mark on the season in the event with a personal best throw of 10.10 meters.  In the jumping pits, first year Naomi Bates took the women’s long jump, soaring off the board to a 5.14m season-best mark.

In the short sprints, first year Shyloe Jones obliterated her previous season-best of 7.81 with a time of 7.70 in the preliminaries.  She would return in finals to take second overall, as well as qualify for DIII New England championships.  Sophomore Jade McKnight crossed the line a mere few steps behind, marking an eighth-place time of 7.78, which represents a PR of her own.  First year Nia Harris also marked a PR, as did sophomore Wrenford Thaffe on the men’s side.  In the men’s 200m dash, first year Javier Paulino won third place with his fastest flat-track time of the season, while on the women’s side, classmate Naomi Bates did the same.  The men’s 400 meter dash proved one of the more successful events for our story’s heroes, as the Jeffs grabbed spots 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7, led by the hard-charging Andrew “Lane Markings Mean Nothing” Reed, who ran a 50.71 to qualify for ECAC championships.   In the middle distances, the men’s 800m dash provided ample excitement.  Lord Jeff sophomore closely followed teammate Will Yochum for 400 meters before making a bold move off the fifth turn to take the lead, which he maintained for 200 meters, before Yochum’s strength ultimately proved the deciding factor in the race in its final meters.  In slightly higher distances, junior captain Melissa Sullivan notched a victory in the women’s 1,000 meter run with a 3:02.77, leading from wire to wire with teammates Lauren Almeida and Amy Dao trailing closely for second and third.  Almeida’s time of 3:05.88 gave her a PR in the event.  The women’s mile proved an Amherst affair with Jeffs taking spots three through seven, led by sophomore Ali Simeone, who made the eight-lap turn in a personal best 5:12.91.  The day’s distance events witness no slowdown in intensity for the Amherst College men and women; the men’s 3,000 meter run alone proved as much.  Senior Jack Seaver shot from the line at the gun a man on a mission.  Clad in his Amherst jersey and black bandana, he immediately took control of the race and held it well over the mile split, when first-year Gus Greenstein broke to the font, making a statement in his first race of the season.  Not to be outdone, Seaver mustered a gutsy kick in the race’s final 200 meters to retake the lead and win the race going away in a personal record 9:03.01, followed by Greenstein in second, and classmate Travis Cohoon in third.  In the day’s longest race, the 5,000 meter run, Amherst again took places one, two, and three.  Senior John McGrail crossed first in a personal-record and NCAA provisional time of 14:52.68, and sophomore Andrew Erskine followed in second, while fellow sophomore Dillon Buckley took third, both of them in personal-best times.  Senior Kevin Hanley also marked a PR, finishing in third, and senior Ben Mears took sixth in his first track race in three years.  On the women’s side sophomore Kristen Moulton won the 25-lap race in a personal record 18:41.12, good enough to qualify her for ECAC championships, while teammate Anna Hager also marked a PR to take fourth, hers in 19:37.22.

Amherst finished the day in the relays as it had begun it in the field, taking second in the women’s 4x400 meter relay and first and second in the women’s 4x800m relay.  On the men’s side the 4x400 team ran to an uncontested first, in large part thanks to a 50.6 leg from senior captain Andre Gary doubling from a 51-point effort the open 400, as did the 4x800m team.


Boston Indoor Games - January 28

Performers of the Meet: Taylor Perkins '11 and Amy Dao '14

Grandstand seating, a banked track, Friday night – it can mean only one thing: the Boston Indoor Games have arrived.  On January 28, the Lord Jeff men and women runners, jumpers, and throwers traveled to Beantown for the first time this season to test their mettle against DI rivals in their most arduous competition to date, and they left no doubters.

As it does so often, the team’s exploits began in the field with senior weight man Chris Eaton.  Eaton, who has been on a tear during his senior season, continued in fashion, unleashing a 16.51m bomb – the farthest throw of his career by well over a meter.  The throw earned Eaton not only fourth place among athletes from New Hampshire, Northeastern, and UMass Amherst, but a school record as well, breaking one that had stood for 25 years.  Meanwhile, in the women’s triple jump, sophomore Jess Mueller recorded an indoor PR to take 12th.

On the oval, junior captain Melissa Sullivan grabbed 6th place, as well as the distinction of being the only DIII women’s harrier to run under five minutes, in a field that contained five other Jeffs, including first year Amy Dao, who ran an outstanding 5:18 PR.  Sullivan’s time of 4:59.44 qualifies her provisionally for NCAA championships.  On the men’s side of the same event, senior captain Steve “Sunshine” Corsello clocked in at 4:13.85 to take third, despite being caught in a field that took the first half of the race at what might be called a “comfortable” pace.  In the same race, teammates Dillon Buckley, Jack Seaver, and Pat Grimes all bested their previous indoor PRs.  Also on the weekend, senior Will Yochum ran the mile at the Terrier Classic on Saturday, due to an academic conflict on Friday.  He placed fourth with a speedy 4:07.16.  Corsello and Yochum’s times both earned NCAA qualifying marks, the former’s provisionally and the latter’s automatically.  In the long sprints, sophomore Jade McKnight extended her season with a 62-second turn in the women’s 400m; while on the men’s side, senior captain Andre Gary did the same and classmate Taylor Perkins notched a significant drop in time in the event for the fourth straight meet.  In the men’s 500, first-year boy wonder Matt Melton charged from the back of the pack in the second heat to place third in it and 10th overall with a 1:06.26, pulling teammate Tommy Moore through in 1:07.89.  In the men’s 800m run, junior phenom Ben Scheetz unassumingly stalked the leaders for 600m, simply maintaining his position in a close third, but after completing race’s seventh turn, he unleashed a blazing kick, leaving the competition in the dust, finishing in 1:52.28, eight hundredths of a second off an NCAA automatic mark.  Also in the mid distances, sophomore Keri Lambert clocked a nice PR in the 1,000m at 3:06.05 with an outstanding kick of her own.  In the 200m dash, first years Naomi Bates and Javier Paulino recorded indoor PRs in the women’s and men’s races, Paulino ducking under the 24-second mark for the first time in his collegiate career.

The day’s relay highlights came principally from the men’s side.  The DMR squad comprising Grimes, Perkins, Pitmon, and Corsello placed third, largely thanks to a 3:08 opening leg from Grimes, doubling after an earlier mile; and the 4x400m relay squad of Gary, Moore, Melton, and Scheetz placed second to Brown, bolstered by a 48.5 anchor leg to gain two places.


Wesleyan Invite - January 22

Performers of the Meet: Jordan Young '14 and Shyloe Jones '14

On a blustery mid-winter morning in New England, the Amherst College Men’s and Women’s Track and Field teams traveled to Wesleyan University to compete in a non-scoring invitational that would mark the conclusion of an outstanding Interterm training period. 

The day’s first notable results came from the first event on the oval, the women’s 5,000m run, in which sophomore Ali Simeone cruised to a first place finish in a cool 18:14.54.  First year Angie Epifano grabbed second three seconds later, and six seconds behind her, classmate Tori Sosnowski notched third.  Lord Jeff harriers also grabbed fifth sixth and seventh in the fifteen-person field.  The hotly contested women’s 55m dash also produced excellent results for the Jeffs.  Following a shaky start, first year Shyloe Jones sprinted past the finish line and managed to grab the seventh qualifying spot for finals, where she returned to explode from the blocks and take sixth in a personal best 7.81 seconds.  The women’s mile saw a one-two finish for the Jeffs as mid-distance sophomores Lauren Almeida and Keri Lambert paced the field.  Almeida made the eight-lap turn in 5:19, with Lambert less than a second behind her following a gutsy late-race surge.  In the men’s mile, distance specialists John McGrail and Andrew Erskine grabbed third and fourth.  The event also marked the return of sophomore Adron Pitmon, following an injury sustained in the cross-country season.  Senior Taylor Perkins set the tone for the team in the long sprints with his 53 flat, sixth-place finish in the quarter mile, to mark the third consecutive meet in which he has bested his mark from the previous meet.  In the women’s 600m run, senior captain Susie Wasserman and sophomore newcomer Hannah Cooper traded elbows as they jockeyed for position at the front of the field in the first heat of the event.  Ultimately, Wasserman finished in a close third at 1:41.74, Cooper took seventh, and first year Jaya Tripathi nabbed eighth.  In the men’s race, junior Ben Scheetz provided the afternoon’s biggest fireworks with his blistering 1:21.12 first-place finish, a nearly comical four seconds ahead of the next finisher.  The men’s 800m dash proved an Amherst affair.  Senior captain Steve Corsello finished first in 1:58.00, leading a trio of long sprinters who stepped up in distance.  At the outset, it seemed as if fellow senior captain Tommy Moore would take second, until late in the race when first year Matt Melton walked him down and nearly caught up to Corsello.  Moore took third, and senior Ryan Drost ran to fifth.  The 1,000m run also resulted in Amherst victories, on both the women’s and men’s sides.  In the women’s race, junior Liza Schalch ran to a hard charging 3:08.20, to win by three seconds, and in the men’s race senior Will Yochum made his 2:28.04 finish seem like a walk in the park, a full six seconds ahead of the second place finisher.  In the women’s 200m dash, sophomore Jade McKnight exhibited a reassuring return to form, posting a 27.64, to take sixth place from the second heat.  On the men’s side, teammates Andrew Reed and Andre Gary duked it out in the second heat to finish in 23.27 and 23.29.  Though Reed sustained a minor injury, his mark earned him fifth.  The meet’s final open event, the 3,000m run, saw sophomore Kristen Moulton finish fourth on the women’s side in eleven minutes flat in a field that contained 4 teammates, all of whom competed solidly, and senior Jack “Hulk Hogan Horseshoe” Seaver finish fourth on the men’s side, just ahead of teammates Dillon Buckley and Kevin Hanley.  Amherst fully dominated the relay events, taking first in the DMR and third in the 4x400 on the women’s side and first and second in the DMR and the 4x400, respectively, on the men’s

Action was light in the field, though the men’s throws did provide some bright spots.  Senior Chris Eaton threw near his PR in the men’s weight throw in his first meet back since December to win fourth place at 15.29m.  In the men’s shot put, first year Jordan Young continued his phenomenal development, marking an enormous PR at 11.10m, good for eleventh place in a field of 34.


Reggie Poyau Invite - January 15

Performers of the Meet: Ben Scheetz ’12 and Jess Mueller ‘13

After two weeks of grueling Interterm double sessions, the Amherst College Lord Jeff track and field team journeyed east to Boston to participate in the Reggie Poyau Invite at Brandeis University.  Though the preceding weeks’ practices had resulted in sore arms and heavy legs, our athletes rose to the challenge, turning in performances that will undoubtedly provide a sound foundation for success as the season continues.

The field produced the afternoon’s first notable performances, in both the jumps and the throws.  In the former, sophomore Jess Mueller hit and early season stride in an outstanding triple to take first, second, and second in the long, triple, and high jumps with efforts of 5.00m, 10.66m, and 1.50m.  Meanwhile, first year Naomi Bates captured second in the long jump, and fourth in the triple jump.  She would return on the track to win the women’s 200m dash and place second in the finals of the 55m dash, though having posted the fastest time of the afternoon in the event’s preliminary rounds.  First year weight man Jordan Young rounded out the early highlights taking fourth in the men’s shot, heaving the implement to a 10.57m PR with a mighty war cry.

The day’s track events began with the men’s and women’s 3,000m run, which proved to be Amherst affairs.  On the men’s side, seniors Will Yochum and John McGrail led the field of 15, including three other teammates, taking first and second.  Yochum in a smooth 8:36.52, and McGrail posting a career best 8:42.51.  In the women’s race, junior Melissa Sullivan posted a 10:18.75 to take second in her first foray into the event, followed by first year teammate Angie Epifano in second and a trio of Jeff newcomers to the event in fifth, sixth, and seventh.  Amherst’s women also fared particularly well in the short sprints.  First year Shyloe Jones joined classmate Naomi Bates in the finals of the 55m dash, nabbing fifth place on a difference of a mere few thousands of a second, and placed second to Bates in the 200m dash, notching a 28.17 one-lap turn.  The longer sprint events showcased the talents of a few of the program’s workhorses.  Junior Andrew “Speed Racer” Reed led the group with a second-place finish in the men’s 400m dash in 51.59.  Senior captain Andre “L.A.” Gary trailed him by .01 seconds, and senior Taylor Perkins ran to a 53.64 sixth-place mark.  The men’s 600m run saw the Jeffs take spots one through four, with senior captain Tommy Moore and first year Matt Melton leading the pack in 1:24.30 and 1:24.35.  In the mid-distance events, a number of Jeff harriers who doubled on the day displayed their strength.  Yochum returned to the track in the men’s mile to take first in 4:16.40, trailed closely by junior Ben Scheetz, who clocked a PR for second at 4:17.80, and later himself returned to take first in the men’s 1,000.  On the women’s side, Amherst’s own Lauren Almeida and Keri Lambert took first and third in the 1,000m run, both having run the 3K earlier.  Highlights in the final distance event of the day, the 5,000m run came from junior Anna Hager, who posted an indoor PR in her fourth-place finish, and sophomore Kristen Moulton, who posted an overall PR in her second place finish.  In the relays, Amherst entered teams on only the men’s side with the team of Reed, Gary, Melton, and Moore capturing first place by just under five seconds in a respectable 3:27.97.


Smith Winter Invite - December 4

Performers of the Meet: Chris Eaton '11 and Naomi Bates '14

Yes, it has finally arrived: the first meet of the 2010-2011 indoor track and field season!  On December 4, 2010, the athletes of the Amherst College men’s and women’s track and field teams who have spent the  fall in intense training were finally let loose at the Smith Invite and enjoyed the fruits of their fall labors.
Senior Chris Eaton began the morning in impressive fashion in the throwing circle.  Though he fouled his first two attempts at the 35-lb. weight throw, he connected on his last two to take fourth place in a personal best of 15.39 meters, less than a half meter from the Amherst College school record.  On the women’s side, senior Chibuzo Uwakaneme also set a PR, hers of 9.75 meters in the women’s shot put, and junior Jordan Roehl took fourth and third in the weight and shot.  Also in the field, first year Naomi Bates made a successful debut in the women’s long and triple jumps, leaping to fourth in the former and second in the latter with efforts of 5.07 meters and 10.91 meters.

On the oval, Amherst’s men and women sprinters proved no less successful than their counterparts in the field.  In the 55-meter dash, first year Javier Paulino began his collegiate career with fireworks as he sprinted to a victory in his heat to qualify for finals in the event, in which he would ultimately place sixth in 6.82 seconds to sophomore teammate Thomas Matthew, who placed second in 6.79 seconds.  Both returned in the 200 meter dash to claim top six finishes.  The women’s 200 meter dash also featured a pair of top six finishes for the Lord Jeffs; first year Naomi Bates took second in 27.71, and sophomore Jade McKnight grabbed fifth in 28.52.  Earlier in the afternoon, McKnight took first in the 400-meter dash running away for the second year in a row.  The Jeffs had similarly strong showings in the long sprints, with three top six finishes in the 600-meter run, led by senior captain Tommy “T-Time” Moore in third place in 1:25.04, a third-place finish in the 400-meter dash by classmate Taylor Perkins, and three top six finishes in the women’s 1,000-meter run, led by senior captain Susie “Brooklyn” Wasserman’s impressive 3:10.18 turn for third.  To finish a successful initial meet, the men’s 4x400-meter relay squad comprising classmates Tommy Moore, Ryan Drost and Taylor Perkins, and first year Matt Melton cruised to a cool first-place finish in 3:32.52, while their female counterparts Jade McKnight, Susie Wasserman, Jaya Tripathi and Naomi Bates were barely edged by host Smith College for second in 4:21.72, bolstered in part by a scrappy leg from first year Tripathi.

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