April 28, 2012
|100m Dash||5000m Run|
Performer of the Meet: Adron Pitmon '13
On the evening of April 27, the Amherst College Men’s Track and Field team made the long trip to Lewiston, ME on the outer reaches of the NESCAC to compete the following day in the conference championship meet, hosted by Bates College, where the Jeffs would ultimately finish in seventh place.
Competition began at 9:00 A.M. on the morning of the 28th with the men’s javelin throw. First-year hurler Josiah Terrell-Perica, despite a tweaked back and intimidating winds, notched his second-farthest throw on the season at 50.04m to take third. Simultaneously with the javelin competition, harriers Andrew Erskine and KC “Keenly Calm” Fussell raced the 10,000m run. The pair blew open an early lead, though ultimately paid the price for braving the wind on the backstretch finishing fifth and eighth in 31:47.07 and 31:52.23, the fastest time on the season for Erskine and a personal best for Fussell. After the longest open event on the afternoon, attention turned to the trial rounds of the shortest, the 100m dash, in which junior Selasie Krampa and sophomore Persie Gijima both recorded personal bests at 11.40 and 11.39, qualifying themselves for the DIII New England Championship meet. First-year Lucas Lebovitz accomplished the same feat in the following event, the 3,000m steeplechase. Following a break for the national anthem, the Jeffs snuck into a scoring place in the 4x100m relay when Little III rival Wesleyan dropped the baton, and junior Pat Grimes took fourth place in a valiant 1500m run. A hotly contested 400m dash witnessed sophomore Matt Melton place third among a supremely talented field. In the 800m run, junior Adron “You Can’t Stop Him, You Can Only Hope to Contain Him” Pitmon placed fourth by winning the second heat in 1:57.14 after boldly taking the race out in 55 seconds for the quarter, while senior captain Ben Scheetz took home Amherst’s only overall first-place finish on the day in the following heat. In the final individual event of the afternoon, weight man Terrell-Perica returned to finish fifth in the discus, with the farthest heave of his fledgling collegiate career at 41.38m. The Fairest College’s final points on the afternoon were scored by the distance medley relay team of Scheetz, Pitmon, Melton, and Grimes who notched third – 0.6 from first – bolstered in large part by Pitmon’s 400m leg.
Highlights in the field came from first-year hurler Josiah Terrell-Perica who traded throws with Williams’ Rusty Cowher in the javelin, ultimately prevailing with a toss that exceeded the length of the measuring tape at the event (later determined to be 51.36m). He would also take second in the disc, while fellow weight man Denzel Duncan claimed third in the shot with an effort just under 13.00m.