March 31, 2012
|100m Dash||1500m Run|
|400m Dash||Discus Throw|
Performer of the Meet: Dillon Buckley '13
The Amherst College Men’s Track and Field outdoor season began at the Tufts Snowflake Classic on a classic New England early spring day: mid forties, overcast, and light drizzle. Nevertheless, the Lord Jeffs remained undaunted. Six Jeff harriers began the day with a successful campaign in the 10,000m run. Juniors Andrew Erskine and Dillon Buckley and first-year KC Fussell finished third, sixth, and eighth in the event all under 33:00, while Buckley’s time of 32:42.52 and that of sophomore Gus Greenstein (33:26.20) constituted personal bests. Following the 25-lap race, four Amherst sprinters proved themselves up to the intimidating task of racing the 100m dash in adverse conditions. Junior Selasie Krampa led the charge in a time of 11.65, while sophomores Persie Gijima and Javier Paulino also marked sub-12 times on the day, the former in 11.66 and the latter 11.88, making a successful return from a nagging hamstring injury. In the 400m dash, a first year led the field of Jeffs. It was jumper Mark Cort, whose 53.42 matches his personal best in the event. In the mid-distance events, senior Geoff Ainslie led the Jeffs in the 1500m run in 4:15.81, and senior captain Chris Erickson began his season with an outdoor PR in the 800m run, clocking 2:06.36 for the two-lap turn, while another Amherst first year, Alex Durkee, led the contingent of Jeffs – seven of them in total – in 2:00.93. The weather over Medford, MA took a turn for the more pleasant during the 200m dash, Amherst’s last event on the day. Junior Krampa once again took the sprint crown, closing out the half lap in 23.62, though hot on his heels was sophomore Paulino in 23.98. Also in the event, first year jumper Steve Hetterich set a PR at 24.58 and junior Wrenford Thaffe began his outdoor season at nearly his best time; his 24.95 merely one one-hundredth of a second off his own personal record.
First year weight man Josiah Terrell-Perica made his collegiate debut and was Amherst’s only athlete in the field events. He opened his career with an impressive 45.90m toss in the javelin, good for 10th place, and a 34.20m throw in the discus despite having taken no warm up throws because of a short-notice change in his competition schedule.