Purple Valley Classic

Sept 24th at Williams

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Team Score - Amherst 6th with 184 points / JV 4th with 87

Amherst Runners

KC Fussell 27:16
Patrick Grimes 27:26
Andrew Erskine 27:38
Gus Greenstein 27:48
Alvaro Morales 28:11
Adron  Pitmon 28:15
Romey Sklar 28:24
Dillon Buckley 28:27
Alec Jacobson 28:40
Eli Howe 29:51
Charlie Reighard 29:55
Lucas Lebovitz 17:14
Ben Scheetz 17:39
Greg Turissini 17:54
Kevin Heintz 18:33
Nick Codola 18:41
Alex Durkee 18:42


Race Recap

Runner of the Meet - Patrick Grimes

The team headed up to Williamstown, and the Mt. Greylock HS course - a course that we will see two more times this season. While the rain had been heavy the day and night before leaving the course a bit soggy in places, race day conditions were nearly ideal. There were two races, as the meet had a JV section allowing runners to square off in a 5k and then the typical 8k distance. The 5k race got the day started off and it provided a good opportunity for a couple of guys to get their seasons started while others got to race at a distance shorter then the normal to ease into the transition to the 5 mile distance. Ben Scheetz and first year Lucas Lebovitz got out well and established themselves in the Top 10 early and it would be Lucas who would lead the squad with his 8th place finish while Scheetz hung on for a top 15 finish. Greg Turissini made his debut in the Amherst uniform albeit in trainers and running the race as a workout as he continues to transition to land workouts from the pool. Kevin Heintz would come across the line next, while the first year duo of Nick Codola and Alex Durkee battled each other to the line, with Nick coming in just ahead and closing out the scoring.

A few minutes after the 5k finished up, the varsity race got under way and Andrew Erskine put himself up in contention with the front group, while the rest of the squad settled into good position behind him. The day some guys returning to good health while at the same time, unfortunately, a couple of guys were taking their turns with poor health and the racing was impacted by some of the poor health. Despite a great week of training, Andrew would succumb to the cold and struggled in the 2nd half to finish 3rd for the team. First year KC Fussell put in a great 2nd half in his first 5 mile effort and would lead the team with his 24th place despite "not having a good feel for the distance" Patrick Grimes, using a different strategy than normal, laid off the early pace and had a great last mile to move through hills and a lot of the field to finish in the Top 30, and running his best XC race to date. Sophomores Gus Greenstein and Alva Morales closed out the scoring, with Gus turning in a very solid run while Alva shook off an Achilles injury / bee sting reaction last week and limited running during the week to help the team with a great showing. Adron Pitmon came in right behind Alva and then a couple of seconds and places after him came first year runner Romey Sklar to close out the day. Captains Dillon Buckley and Alec Jacobson would be the next Jeffs across the line, with Alec having a particularly strong showing with a great 2nd half in which he closed a great deal on the rest of the guys. Eli Howe (illness) and Charlie Reighard (limited running during he week due to a toe injury) were a bit off in their races and will look to rebound in a big way next time out. The team finished 6th overall, and will look to improve against the teams that were here at Williams and who will be at NE's in 2 weeks when they race again. As we prepare for the New England Championships, the team will take a recovery week to cap a great 4 week block of training and high mileage and get the legs back under them.