May 17-18, 2012
|800m Run||5,000m Run|
Performer of the Meet: Pat Grimes '13 and KC Fussell '15
On Thursday, May 17 a handful of Amherst Men’s Track and Field athletes set out for the ECAC championships in Troy, NY, hosted by RPI. They wasted no time getting down to brass tacks. In Thursday’s competition, junior Andrew Erskine laid down a smooth twelve-and-a-half lap effort of 14:36.40 in the 5,000m run – a PR of five seconds good for second place, and within a mere three seconds of the 13-year-old school record. Later that evening, first-year harrier KC “Kit and Caboodle” Fussell followed suit with his own PR in the 10,000 at 31:25.58. His finish in the 25-lap turn was good for fourth place and shattered the freshman record in the event by 15 seconds. Friday’s competition proved similarly fruitful for the Jeffs, producing two NCAA qualifiers. First, in the 1500m run, junior Pat Grimes took early, pulling the field through the 800m mark in an honest 2:02. From there, he traded the lead with Widener’s Dennis Conn and MIT’s Benjamin Mattocks, ultimately finishing third in 3:50.88 – less than half a second out of first. His time is a PR in the event by over a full second. Finally, in the fast section of the 800m, Ben Scheetz did what he does best: win. From the gun, the senior captain took a dominating lead and brought the race through the quarter-mile in a blistering 52.7 seconds. He maintained his lead through 600 meters, and successfully fought off a late-race charge from Rochester’s Frank Ramirez in the homestretch to seal the victory in 1:50.54 and punch his ticket to Los Angeles, CA for the NCAA meet. Overall, the men of Amherst College notched 29 points, tying for fifth place with SUNY Oneonta.