DIII NE Championships
May 4-5, 2012
|100m Dash||5000m Run|
Performer of the Meet: Chris Erickson '12 and Nick Codola '15
The weekend of May 5-6, the Lord Jeff Men’s Track and Field squad traveled to Boston, MA to compete at the Division III New England Championships, hosted by MIT. Though the men of Amherst did not bring home any individual championships, there were several notable performances throughout the afternoon. The first of such performances came from junior Patrick Grimes in the 1500. From the gun, Grimes took the lead, battling Bowdoin’s Coby Horowitz through the majority of the race. In the final 200m, Horowitz took the lead with Grimes hot on his heels, and though Horowitz ultimately won, Grimes crossed the tape in a personal best 3:51.98 for third place and putting in sight an NCAA bid in the event. He would also return in the 4x800m relay, teaming with, among others, senior captain Chris Erickson, who capped his four-year career by marking a career-best split in the event. The open 800m run also produced outstanding results. In the second heat, junior Adron Pitmon and first year Romey Sklar set the pace, turning the first quarter mile in 54.7 seconds, which both harriers carried to a personal best mark, Pitmon in 1:54.17 and Sklar in 1:55.77. In the following heat, senior captain Ben Scheetz continued to mount a return to form, clocking his fastest time in the outdoor season at 1:52.02 for fourth overall. Scheetz, Pitmon, and Melton would later team up with first year Nick Codola to run the 4x400m relay, which they completed in 3:20.41, Amherst’s fastest time on the year, and good for fourth from the second heat. In the relay Codola notched his fastest split to date at a respectable 51.3. In the afternoon’s distance events, junior Andrew Erskine took a fourth place finish of his own, completing the 5,000m run in 14:43.03, an outdoor career best.