Umass Amherst Invitational
Sept 17th - 4.5 Miles (course modified due to muddy field)
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Team Score - Amherst 6th with 131 points
Runner of the Meet - Adron Pitmon
The men of Amherst XC got the 2011 season underway by running through the woods over to UMass and competing against 5 other DI and DII teams. The course was altered due to the recent rain fall and as a result was a little shy of 5 miles that it would normally be, clocking in - according to Charlie's Garmen watch at 4.453 miles. Despite several runners suffering from colds and either not racing or modifying the effort of the race combined with keeping the front group together in a controlled tempo effort through 3miles before letting them pick things up in the last part of the race it was a very strong showing to open up the season. The pack of 6 through 3 miles was missing Alvaro Morales who after finding out he was allergic to bee stings the night before, was felled 1/2 mile into the race by a spike across the achilles. Andrew Erskine helped to control the pack before opening up a gap in the last mile and a half and would finish in 23:23 and 19th place, while the 2-5 runners had a small 8 second gap between them as Adron Pitmon returned to racing to finish 2nd for the team while Dillon Buckley, Patrick Grimes and first year KC Fussell would close out the scoring. Gus Greenstein ran under 24 minutes to finish as 6th runner for the team with Eli Howe closing out the Top 7 with his 42nd place finish as the men would finish in 6th on the day. Charlie Reighard had a solid run as his miles over the summer are obviously paying off as he was well under 25 minutes, with first year harrier Romey Sklar battling a cold (and coaches orders to only go the first 2-3 miles) was also under 25 minutes, with Geoff Ainslie - returning to XC after the fall abroad last year - a few seconds behind. Alex Durkee - wanting to get the full feel for XC rather than a portion, ran to a 27:49 for the distance.