April 14, 2012
|100m Dash||1500m Run|
|200m Dash||5000m Run|
|400m Dash||400m Hurdles|
|800m Run||3000m Steeplechase|
Performer of the Meet: Persie Gijima '14 and Greg Turissini '15
April 14, 2012 saw the season's best meet day weather for the Amherst College Men’s Track and Field team. The sun was shining and the temperature hovered near 70 degrees as the Jeffs made their way down the hill to the University of Massachusetts for their annual spring meet. Though injury had depleted the Amherst 4x100m relay squad, first years Nick Codola and Steve Hetterich boldly stepped in as substitutes and together with junior Selasie Krampa and sophomore Persie Gijima took eighth place in a season best 44.51 in Amherst’s first event on the afternoon. The following event, the 3,000m steeplechase, saw a one-two finish from junior Dillon Buckley and first-year Greg “The Ohio Kid” Turissini. Buckley’s time of 9:27.91 represents a PR of over 10 seconds, while Turissini’s 9:29.63 shattered the college’s freshman record and qualified him for Junior Nationals this summer. In the 1500m run, junior Pat Grimes set the pace from the gun, ultimately finishing fourth in 3:57.48, an outstanding mid-distance debut for the 2012 outdoor season. Grimes would return later in the 800, running a 1:57.55 to finish 10th, behind senior captain Ben Scheetz in 1:54.65 for eighth, and sophomore Matt Melton, who battled hard on the homestretch for a well deserved overall win in 1:53.06. In a pleasant surprise on the afternoon, first-year Lucas Lebovitz cleared every single hurdle in the 400m hurdles and notched a time just under 60 seconds flat. Following the 400m hurdles, action turned to the back curve for the 200m dash. Sophomore Persie Gijima led Amherst’s three sprinters, all of whom ran impressive times. Gijima set a PR by a full half second, clocking in at 22.81 – the first mark under the 23.00 barrier on the season – junior Selasie Krampa ran 23.32, his fastest outdoor time, and classmate Wrenford Thaffe sprinted to a 24.82 PR. Our story’s heroes closed out the day’s open events with another one-two finish in the 5,000m run. Junior Andrew Erskine led the field in 15:07.91 and first-year KC Fussell finished second in 15:16.60, while sophomore Gus Greenstein placed ninth in 16:05.89. The meet’s 4x400m relay action saw the Jeffs place ninth in 3:28.85, slightly faster than they had run the previous week.
In the field, junior Denzel Duncan hit conference marks in both the discus and the shot put.