Boston Indoor Games
January 27, 2012
|55m Dash||1 Mile Run|
Performer of the Meet: Charlie Reighard '14
On January 27, the Amherst College Men’s Track and Field team traveled to the Reggie Lewis Center to compete in the Boston Indoor Games, hosted by Northeastern University. The games offered the Jeffs the opportunity to test their mettle against some of the most competitive talent in the region, and they held their own. In the day’s opening event, the 55m dash, junior Selasie Krampa demonstrated his continuing improvement, marking a 6.80 – his best time on the season and nearly a DIII New England qualifier. His event was followed by the mile run, which saw classmate Pat Grimes take ninth overall with a 4:15.86 after leading the fast heat for six of the eight laps. The event also witnessed sophomore Gus Greenstein’s return to the oval. The 400m dash followed the mile run, and sophomore Matt Melton led a contingent of five Lord Jeffs with a two-lap turn of 51.28, good enough for 12th overall and to qualify him for DIII New Engalnds. First year jumpers Mark Cort and Steve Hetterich also competed in the event. Cort won his heat in a personal best 53.42, trailed closely by Hetterich. First year Nick Codola also marked a heat victory on the day, running the 500m dash in a respectable 1:08.39 with classmate Alex Durkee not three tenths behind. The following event, the 800m run, saw senior captain Ben Scheetz cruise to an easy overall victory in his first crack at the event on the season. He marked a 1:51.42 with the next closest finisher nearly a full three seconds behind. Also in the event, fellow senior and fellow captain Chris Erickson marked a nice three-second PR out of the fourth heat. The 1,000m run brought personal bests for all three of Amherst’s entrants. First year Lucas Lebovitz paced the group at 2:35.24, while Charlie Reighard won his heat by a solid two seconds in 2:36.63 – a crushing 14-second personal best – and senior Geoff Ainslie made his five-lap effort in 2:42.69. In the 200m dash, junior Krampa once again posted a PR at 23.76, and classmate Wrenford Thaffe took advantage of the banked track to mark his second 24-second 200 on the season, doubling off the 400. In the 5,000m run, the day’s final open event Andrew Erskine raced to a ninth place finish, despite having taken his mathematics comprehensive exam earlier that afternoon. The evening relay events featured a thrilling first-place finish for the Lord Jeffs in the DMR, bolstered by senior Scheetz’s 4:12 mile leg, in which he barely held off his counterpart from the University of Connecticut at the line.
Highlights in the field were provided by junior Denzel Duncan, making his return to action following a three week hiatus. He marked a 1.5m PR in the weight throw at 12.41m and threw the 16-lb shot 12.20m for a substantial indoor PR near his overall PR.