DIII New England Championships
February 18, 2012
|55m Dash||4x400m Relay|
|1 Mile Run||Sklar||Romey||4:26.2|
Performer of the Meet: Ben Scheetz '12
On Saturday, February 18 the Amherst College Men’s Track and Field team returned to Springfield College to kick off championship season by competing in the Division III New England Championships, where they would ultimately take sixth place. Senior captain Ben Scheetz scored the first points for the Lord Jeffs, beating his seed to win the 400m in 49.07 from the third of four heats. His win was followed by a win from long sprinter sophomore Matt Melton, who ran nearly a full second PR in the 600m run leading wire to wire, closing out the three-lap race in 1:21.61. In the 800m run, junior Pat Grimes grabbed a surprise third-place finish in 1:56.11, bettering his PR in a gutsy race that nearly saw him take the top spot at the line. Senior Ben “All I Do Is Win” Scheetz returned to the track in the 1,000m run, which he won in 2:28.93, barely holding off Bowdoin’s Matt Hilliard, who charged hard in the final 100m and finished a mere two tenths behind. Sophomore Charlie Reighard also competed in the event, running a personal best time of 2:34.59. Also posting a best time in his race was first year KC “Knowingly Cavalier” Fussell showed off some newfound wheels, actually kicking down a few rivals in the final 1,000 meters to finish in 8:47.12 for 14th. Fellow first year harrier Greg Turissini rounded out the Lord Jeffs’ open event scoring from the 5,000m run, hammering a 30-second final 200 to take seventh place in a personal best of his own: 15:10.01. Amherst finished the day with two relay teams putting points on the board. The distance medley relay team of Pat Grimes, Nick Codola, Geoff Ainslie, and Romey Sklar finished in fifth place, while the 4x800m relay team of Charlie Reighard, Alex Durkee, Matt Melton, and Ben Scheetz also took fifth, bolstered by competitive legs from Durkee and Melton, and a herculean 1:50.00 split from the senior captain to kick down Middlebury’s Mike Schmidt in the last fifty meters for the heat victory..