Open New England Championships
February 24-25, 2012
Performer of the Meet: Pat Grimes '13 and Ben Scheetz '12
On February 24th and 25th, the Amherst College Men’s Track and Field team competed at the Open New England Championships, hosted by Boston University, and a number of Lord Jeffs achieved outstanding results. Friday night saw trials in events 1,000m and down and the finals of the Distance Medley Relay. Both senior captain Ben Scheetz and sophomore speedster Matt Melton competed in the trials of the 800m run, in the same heat. The heat was hotly contested among four runners, Amherst’s two among them, until Scheetz pulled into the lead and cruised to a win in an easy 1:51 to qualify for finals. Melton, who took advantage of the opportunity to have a rabbit of sorts, sat on Scheetz’s shoulder and earned himself a very smooth 1:52.04 PR, propelling him up the NCAA charts in the event, though barely missing Saturday’s finals. Sophomore Charlie Reighard also marked a personal best, his in the 1,000m run, at 2:34.19 for 17th overall. Amherst’s DMR squad of Eli Howe, Steve Hetterich, Chris Erickson and Lucas Lebovitz ran a 10:30.51, bolstered in part by an outstanding 1200 leg from Howe in 3:09, and a great quarter mile from Hetterich in 52.6.