Amherst College Sports Information Web Page Write-ups
Most recent meets appear first, scroll down for our past meets and their respective write-ups.
NCAA's - Mar 14th
The indoor season came to a close in Lincoln, Nebraska at the NCAA DIII Championships. All season long, it seemed like there was not much that could beat Matt Melton, or at least slow him down but then - in the final week of the season - along came the plague that has wreaked havoc on the team in the past few weeks, and that seemed to be his kryptonite. Running in lane 5, in the first section of the 400, he got out well but did not look his normal self as he rolled into the 2nd lap back in 3rd place and where he would normally make his move and run away from those around him, he just seemed like he was unable to generate much and finished in 49.23 - 3rd in his section, and finishing 12th overall. Despite the struggles in the 400, he was able to find a bit of a rally later in the DMR. Romey Sklar got out well, and in fact led the the first 4 laps of the opening leg as he went through the 400 in 61.5 then slowed things up as they went through in 2:05.8 and he fought over the last 2 laps, handing off in 8-9th in a 3:06.8 carry. Matt put aside his cold and the early effort in the 400 and moved through the field, up into 5th with his 49.1 400 leg, handing off to Brent in a crowded cluster of runners finishing and others starting. Brent went right the group in front of him, and his opening 400 was 53.6 but the contact was made and he was locked into a great race and handed off to Greg in 4-5th place with his 1:53.7 leg. Central College had opened a big lead, with Wisconsin Stevens Point also a big gap ahead in the 2nd place position but Greg went right with Haverford's anchor leg in pursuit of glory. After an opening 400 of 59.3, the gap started to close on the 2nd place runner, and coming through the 800 in 2:02.5 he had moved into 3rd place just off of the Haverford runner. At the 1200, he split 3:06.7 and was still looking strong in 3rd place but the early pace started to take its toll, and in the final lap, the pack had moved back towards him and despite a 4:11 anchor leg, the guys would finish in 9th place running 10:01.19. There was no question of the heart the guys showed, or that they left everything on the track and while a bummer to not have grabbed one of the All-American spots, they went for it and with 3 of the 4 returning next year, maybe it will be a different result? For now, we take a short break before we return for the outdoor season.
ECAC's - March 7-8th
Performer of the Meet - Dan Crowley
The guys headed to the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston for the 2-Day ECAC Championships, and left with some strong performances and a solid finish for the indoor season. The guys who ran the DMR on Thursday stayed back to rest up for NCAA's, and those that were able to compete did a great job of it as quite a few were either under the weather, or struggling with the affects of being sick - several guys were not able to compete due to illness which was a bummer, as the training that had been done definitely put them on track for a great race to finish things off but there are some things beyond our control. Those that were able to line up did a great job of getting the most from themselves. Khalil Flemming got the meet started on Friday with the triple jump, and while a little shorter of his best jump on the season, was still able to get a solid mark over 44 feet but just missed making the finals in a very deep field. Raymond Meijer finished off his first indoor track season with a solid mark in the 5k, running 15:25 and getting 3rd in his section of the race, running a very well planned race,a and ultimately finishing 11th overall - well ahead of his seed placing coming in and a great way to put an end to the year. On Saturday, Mark Cort got the day started back in the pits with the long jump, but never got into a rhythm and a nagging hamstring injury appeared which made the attempts even more difficult and was only able to get out to 6.10 meters. IN the day's first running event, the mile Kevin Connors and Lucas Lebovitz were in the first of the three sections, and Kevin went right to the front of the race and pushed the pace as he went through the 4 and 800 in 63 and 2:09 while Lucas had some struggles back in the pack due to a calf strain that would ultimately cause him to drop out shortly after the 800. Around the 1000m mark, another runner by Kevin and things settled down until he made another move to take the lead and press the pace again and would come home in a PR time of 4:22.55. The next section saw Jeff Seelaus in action, and he had a great race as he was never out of contention putting himself in 2nd or 3rd for the whole race, and came through the line in 4:20.41 that would ultimately net him a 6th place finish and 3 points for the team scoring. The 500 was next on the track, and Jamie Sandel was out like a shot as he blasted through the 200 in 24 flat and hit the 400 in a new PR of 50.9 and then, well then he hit the wall a little bit and the last stretch of racing was a fight against fatigue but he came through just a little off his time from earlier in the year, at 1:08.09. Nick Codola would be a couple of sections after, and came through the 400 in 53 flat and moved well in the last stretch to run 1:07.91. In the final individual event on the day, the 3000 was competed in 2 sections and Ben Fiedler was in the first while Dan Crowley was in the 2nd. Ben, as he tends to do shot into the lead and was out in front for the first couple of laps, then slid back to the middle of the pack as he went through the mile in 4:45 but would struggle bit in the last few laps due to battling the plague over the past week. Dan would be up next, and executed a great race as he was never out of contention as he was in a front pack of 5 guys that went through the opening mile in 4:32, and then as that pack started to string out, he came moving up and staying in contention for the win and with 2 laps to go made a strong move to go for the win but wasn't quite able to shake the Bates runner who would grab the win, but he ran a great race lowering is best time significantly running 8:30.29 to grab a runner-up finish. In the final event of the day - the 4 x 800 relay - Alex Durkee and Jesse Fajnzylber would be running fresh legs, while Kevin and Nick doubled back from their open events - and Durk got things started off real well as he ran a 1:58.8 leg to be right in the thick of things and then Jesse took the stick and brought it through with his first sub 2 800 of the year as he split 1:59.2 and then Kevin and Nick did the rest of the work to help the team finish 7th overall in an 8:02.10 and grabbing the day's final points.
Tufts Last Chance - Mar 6th
On a Thursday night, when normally we would be wrapping up a workout, icing and getting ready to head to dinner, 4 guys instead, threw their hat in the ring for NCAA's as Romey, Matt, Brent and Greg headed to Tufts to look for a fast time in the DMR at the Tufts Last Chance meet. Lining up against 9 other teams - all looking to get across the line fast enough to earn a berth to the NCAA's in Nebraska next weekend - the guys knew that they not only had to run faster then they had earlier in the year, but just as importantly was to beat as many teams as possible in the very strong field. Romey got the race started as our 1200 leg, and the effects of the cold / illness that has been decimating the team these past 2 weeks may have also impacted his race a bit as he struggled off the line, and spent the entire race in 2nd lane and towards the back of the pack trying to fight for space and better positioning as he came through splits of 61.6, 2:04 before handing off in 8th with a 3:06.5 carry. Most will look at the 400 leg as the smallest part of a DMR as it is "only 2 laps" but Melton made his leg perhaps the most important, as he blasted through the opening 200 in 23 flat, and by the time he handed the baton off he had moved through the field all the way to 4th place hammering a 48.7 leg. Brent opened his 800 leg with a 55.6 400, and working up to the shoulder of the 3rd place runner, and then came through the 600 in 1:24.5 just off the pack, and finished strongly to run a 1:54.5 leg and giving Greg the stick in 4th place - with a bit of breathing room from the rest of the field. Greg opened the first lap in 27.5 which was a bit quick, but necessary to get into the front pack, and then the race was one as he went through the 400 in 58, and the 1/2 way mark in a 2:03.5 as he and runners from bates, Buffalo State and St. Lawrence would battle for top honors. The pace started to lag a little bit in the 3rd 400 and while everyone was antsy and starting to get a little slowed up with the 65 second 400, no one was wanting to be the one to try and break it open from that far out. The final 400, and especially the last lap, was where things separated, and with a closing 400 in 62 giving him a 4:11.1 anchor leg, we would finish in 3rd - running 10:01.04. With the conversion used for flat tracks, that time moves us up to 12th on the NCAA Rankings - 12 teams advance to NCAA's, so we will cross our fingers and hope that the time holds up over the weekend and earns the boys an opportunity to race one more time next Friday.
NEICAAA New England's - Feb 28-Mar 1st
Performer of the Meet - Kevin Connors, Matt Melton
Another weekend, and another trip to Boston - this time back to Boston University for 2 days of competition at the NEICAAA New England Championship featuring DI,II and III Teams and obviously some great competition. In addition to the competition the guys would face on the line, they would also deal with prolonged delays in starting times due to a timing malfunction on Friday and then the cold / flu that has been wreaking havoc as of late, but despite both nuances, the guys showed some great mettle and posted solid results. Matt Melton won his section of the 400 qualifying rounds with a 48.40 - and would be the last section to get off before the delays came so got a bit lucky, but there was no luck needed in his race as he took control from the gun and never looked back as he went through the 200 in 22.9, 300 in 34.9 and stayed strong through the finish to advance to Saturday's final. In the final, he started out in lane 6 and was a bit behind at the break despite coming through in 22.6 but started to move up as he came through the 300 in 34.4 and moved into 3rd and then ran up on to the 2nd place runner, losing his momentum as he stopped then went wide and despite the little hiccup, still was able to storm back and finish in 47.91 for 3rd, a huge PR and for the 2nd time this year - took the top spot in the country's 400 rankings. Back to Friday, Alex Durkee was a victim of the delay as the 500 was the next event to go and standing around in spikes for 50 minutes is not usually the best way to get ready to race but he raced solidly going through the 400 in 52.9 en route to a 1:08 finish. Brent Harrison and Nick Codola went at it in the 800, as Brent would get through the mid-way split in 57.2 and come back to finish in 1:55 while Nick's heat was a little bit quicker, as he opened up in 56.5 before coming home in a new PR of 1:56.66. The last event of the day was the DMR that saw Jess Fajnzylber take the baton for the opening leg, and running a strong 3:10 for the 1200 leg and handing off to Jamie Sandel who blasted his 400 leg in a smooth 51.2 maintaining good contact with the pack. Lucas Lebovitz, still nursing a strained calf bumped to the 800 leg from the 1200 at the last minute, and through 600 was on fire as he was through in about 1:25 but struggled with the bad wheel in the last 100 but still got the baton around in 1:58.5 and Kevin Connors lowered the boom on his 1600 leg as he opened up in 63.1 and then over the next 400 had worked himself into the chase pack, and after taking a quick breath and hitting that 800 in 2:11.5 he went by the group and came home strong with a negative split, as his final 400 of 62.8 helped him close the race in a 4:20.1 anchor leg as the team finished 13th in a 10:20. On Saturday, Romey got things started in the mile, and after putting himself in great position over the opening lap, started to slide back from there and the effects of being sick impacted the performance but he was able to fight through to run a new PR of 4:15 for the mile despite not being 100%. Jeff Seelaus was up next in the unseeded 3000, and after an opening mile of 4:37 he dug down to finish in 8:40.99 - hoping to dip under the 8:40 barrier but while falling a little short, was able to get under his PR. In the seeded section of the 3k, Greg Turissini and Dan Crowley lined up along with 15 others and was an interesting tale of two races as Greg looked great through the opening laps as he led comfortably through the first 5-6 laps but then struggled through the end while Dan - battling a cold all week and looking in the warm-ups like this could be a day to tip the cap to the race and call it a day, he fought tooth and nail throughout and went through the mile in 4:31 and was able to put together a nice finish, running 8:35- a new PR by a little bit and a 12th place finish. Back to Boston a couple of times this week, as the DMR will head to Tufts on Thursday evening to take a crack at qualifying for NCAA's at the Tufts last Chance meet and then we will head to Boston again on Friday and Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Track for ECAC's.
DIII New England's - Feb 22nd
Performers of the Meet - Nick Codola, Romey Sklar
With the regular season wrapped up, the first championship meet of the schedule kick started the post season as the guys headed back to Boston to compete at MIT in the DIII New England Championships. While focused on attaining good marks with championship-type efforts, the team racked up quite a few points throughout the day to finish 7th with 44 points - including 2 victories on the day. Matt Melton grabbed the first victory of the day as he blasted a strong field over the last 100m to run a very impressive 49.23 to easily outdistance the field by over a half second. The 2nd victory of the day came in the form of a relay, as the quartet of Jeff Seelaus, Alex Durkee, Kevin Connors and KC Fussell went wire to wire in the DMR to grab the win and 10 points as Jeff got the ball rolling with a fantastic lead off leg, running 3:08 for the 1200, while Durk took the baton next and broke things open with his 400 leg giving Kevin a big lead to work for his 800 as he ran 2:01 and Fuss took care of the rest running a 4:22 leg to grab the victory. In the first event of the day - the long jump - it would be the final jump that made the biggest difference as Mark Cort was the last guy into the final, but on his final attempt, hit the devil's number, jumping 6.66 meters to jump all the way to 4th. In the mile, Greg Turissini and Romey Sklar each got out well, up at the front and Greg would push the pace, leading the race through the 1000 while Romey was a bit of the pack but in great position. In the final lap, Greg gritted it out to get 4th in a 4:15 while Romey used a hard-charging kick to grab a 5th place finish in a PR of 4:16. Durk blasted through the first 400 in 53 seconds of the 600, and looked like the wheels came as a result but still managed to place 12th in a 1:25. The 800 was another big event for the team as Nick Codola - running in the 2nd section along with Judd Liebman - got out strong, running with the early leader, through an opening 400 of 56 with Judd in 57, and then used a huge finishing kick to run away with the section in a new PR of 1:57.25 that would ultimately help him place 6th overall, grabbing some unexpected points. in the final section of the 800, Brent Harrison didn't get the best position early, but was able to work through traffic and had a great finish to grab 5th overall in a 1:56.91. Steve Hetterich - qualifying for the meet on his final attempt the week before when he got over 13 meters for the first time, proved it was no fluke as he got out over 13 again, making the finals and then set another PR of 13.11 in the final to move from 9th to 8th, and grabbing a point for the team, while Khalil Flemming just barely missed making the finals as he battled some issues on the runway. The 1000m looked more like a NASCAR car wreck in the last lap, as a Bowdoin runner looked to try and simply run through a pack of guys rather than around them, and took out most of the race and Lucas Lebovitz - right at the back of the fracas - did not go down on the track as others did, but the hurdling of bodies was a momentum loss for him. The final event we scored points in was the 4x800, as Romey, Jesse Fajnzylber, Greg and Brent finished 3rd in the unseeded section running a season best time of 8:01 and ultimately finishing 7th overall. The 3k saw a group of 4 Amherst runners - Ben, Charlie returning from a little layoff, Raymond and Gus - with Ben running the best time of the group, coming in 12th with his 8:52 while in the final event on the oval before the relays, the 5000 saw Dan Crowley finish in 11th. Josh Young competed in the 60, finishing just off his PR which he set last week in qualifying for the championships while the 4x400 finished just outside of the scoring despite a great leg from Jamie Sandel.
Tufts Cupid Challenge - Feb 15th
Performers of the Meet - Cole Hawkins, Sam Wohlforth, Alex Durkee
The regular season came to a close at the Cupid Challenge, hosted by Tufts - from this point on, the meets are Championship caliber meets, needing to have hit qualifying standards to compete. The meet provided a final opportunity to hit marks needed to advance, while for others, a chance to lower marks already attained and sharpen up for the coming meets. The day got off to a very fast start, as the Distance Medley Relay was the first event on the track, and the 12 team field was gathered together in an attempt to run some fast times that may hold up for NCAA qualifying. Romey Sklar carried the baton on the first leg - 1200 - and kept us in the thick of things with his 3:06.4 opener, handing off to Matt Melton who closed the gap a bit with his 49.1 400 leg before Brent Harrison took off for his 800 leg, running 1:56 to keep us in 6th. Greg Turissini handled the anchor leg, running 4:11.8 to help the team finish in 10:03 and 7th place - putting us in the Top 10 in the country at this point. The relay set the tone for the day and a lot of great things kept coming fast - just like the snow outside. Josh Young blitzed a 7.25 in the 60 to not only win his heat, but also hit the DII NE mark for next weekend while Thomas Matthew ran his best time of the season. Kevin Connors won the unseeded section of the mile in a 4:26 to finish 7th overall, and with the flat track conversion hit an ECAC mark. The 5k did not shape up in the way was hoped but the guys still gave great efforts as Fuss was 2nd overall, while the freshmen duo of Ben Fiedler and Raymond Meijer each hit the ECAC mark as they were 5th and 6th at 15:24 and 15:25. Steve Hetterich had another big day in the jumps as he his a new PR in the long jump of 6:15 - the same event where Mark Cort would grab a 3rd place finish - before launching a bomb on his final attempt in the Triple jump, getting out over 13 meters for the first time and placing 6th with his 13.10, while Khalil would grab 4th with his 13.51. The final running event of the day, the 3000 may have provided the biggest results and most excitement as Dan Crowley and Jeff Seelaus grabbed 2nd and 6th in the fast section, each running well under their prior best times as they hit 8:36 and 841 before the final heat, where Sam Wohlforth and Cole Hawkins were looking to finish their season in big ways. After hitting the mile just under 5:00 they continued to push each other, and then with 2 laps left, and showing signs of fatigue they both started to battle back and with blazing final laps went 9:19 and 9:20 to cap a great season of PR's. In the 600, Matt won his section with a strong final 100m, running 1:22 and then in the next section, Judd finished 4th in his heat running under 1:25 while in the next section, Alex Durkee had another strong race - following on the heels of last week's 800, and raced to a 1:24.66. Brent doubled back from the DMR to work on some speed work in the 400, where he ran to an 8th place finish with his 51.68 while in the next heat, Jamie Sandel had another great race to win his heat in a 52.68 - after having run a 9:06 in the 60 Hurdles, just missing both finals and DIII NE's. Romey and Greg each doubled back nicely from the DMR, as Romey raced to a 5th place finish in the 800, running 1:57 with Nick Codola coming in just after in 7th while Greg would grab a 4th place in the 1000 with his 2:33 and Kevin and Jesse each raced to a 2:37 clocking in their section. Thomas would post the fastest time on the day for the team in the 200, running 23.87 - faster then what he ran a week ago on the BU track and showing some nice promise for the outdoor season as he continues to get his racing legs under him.
Valentine Classic - Feb 8th
Performers of the Meet - Greg Turissini, Josh Young, Judd Liebman, Steve Hetterich
As a coach, you know the guys did well when you have a challenge to pick a performer of the meet and force yourself to limit that number to 4 when in some meets you might be able to focus just on 1 or 2 but such was the team performance from this past weekend. In fact, while the list stopped at 4 it could easily have been spread even deeper as there were some phenomenal efforts and I feel bad for not listing everyone as a POM but hope that their efforts are not undervalued in any way. Perhaps the biggest highlight came from Greg Turissini who nearly won his section of the 3000 but even more impressive, was the 5 seconds that he knocked off the old school rec rod set back in 1998 and becoming the first Amherst runner under 8:20 with his 8:19.50 clocking - running through the mile in 4:28 then moving up through the pack before unleashing a big kick that took him to 2nd place. Matt Melton ran in the 500, and after coming through the 400 in 49.4 he used a strong kick to run away from the rest of the filed to win his section, and finish 2nd overall, running to a new PR - and second fastest 500 ever by an Amherst runner - of 1:03.26. In the same race, a few sections later, Nick Codola had a strong race to run a 1:07.24 while shortly after, Jamie Sandel ran his best race of the season to come in just under the ECAC standard, running 1:07.70. Steve Hetterich had a huge PR in the triple jump, getting out over 42 feet for the first time and grabbing 20th while Khalil Flemming, in the next section would again be out over 43 feet to finish 11th. Josh Young had a great day for the sprint crew as he won both of his sections - in the 60 running a 7:41 and then in the 200, also winning and knocking a huge chunk of time off his best mark when he smoked a 23.28 - his time being the 2nd fastest for the team as Mark had run just a bit quicker in his section and Dennis Kennelly running his best mark of the year as they, along with Javy Paulino and Thomas Matthew all finished under 24 seconds. In the 1000, Romey Sklar used his patented monster kick - out in lane 3 - to win his section of the race in a 2:30.53 and Lucas Lebovitz nearly did the same thing a couple of heats later, settling for a nice PR of 2:32.15 as he continues to get faster with his return to the mid-distance group. Most of the distance crew stepped down to the mile to sharpen up for the primary focused-on races next week and beyond, but several of the guys displayed their strength (despite the system shock with the speed of the mile) as Dan Crowley nearly won the section he and Jeff Seelaus were in, as he ran to a lifetime best of 4:17.62 with Jeff coming in under 4:20 for the first time. In later sections, Raymond Meijer was near his PR with a 4:31 clocking, Kevin Connors battled for the section win and earned a 3 second PR, running 4:26.04 and Gus Greenstein finished just under the 4:30 mark with his 4:29.37 while perhaps the most exciting mile for the team cam in the final section, as Sam Wohlforth and Cole Hawkins put themselves up at the front of their heat and with Sam coming through in 1st and Cole in 3rd - both guys got under 4:40 for the first time. The 800 was the first event on the oval for the day, and the guys raced extremely well and were rewarded for their efforts as Brent raced to an indoor PR (just off his outdoor time from last spring) of 1:54.99, Judd Liebman ran what might have been his best race to this point of his career and racing well under 1:59, then in the very next section, Alex Durkee also ran a great race to lower his PR and like Judd, finish 2nd in his heat while Jesse Fajnzylber would just miss breaking the 2:00 barrier. The 4x400 took a crack at running a fast time for the first time this season and did just that as Nick, "rent, Judd and Matt finished 2nd in their section and 17th overall by running 3:21.71. While the day was long, it was also very rewarding as we had well over a dozen PRs on the day and sets things up very nicely for the second half of the season. Our final invitational will be next weekend at Tufts before we head into the Championship portion of the season.
Springfield Invite - Feb 1st
Performers of the Meet - Brent Harrison and Mark Cort
The guys stayed local, heading down the road to Springfield College for a 10 team invitational, and finishing in 4th place. The meet was a good opportunity to drop down in events for a lot of guys, and focus on competing rather than worrying about times or marks. Matt Melton grabbed the day's lone victory - in what arguably be the best event on the day for the team - in the 600, as he led the 1st lap thru in 25.9 with Brent Harrison right on his heels, and then coming thru the 400 Brent took the lead in 54.2 but it was Matt using the kick in the last part of the race to pull away with Brent coming thru in 2nd as they ran 1:22 and 1:23 while Nick Codola would grab points in 5th at 1:24. In the earlier heats, Alex Durkee ran a strong race to finish 2nd in his heat in a 1:26.6 and Jamie Sandel would finish in the same place in his section - after having "warmed up" for the race with his first crack at the 60 Hurdles running 9.30.. Mark Cort wasted no time at all in the long jump to take his mad skills to another level. as on his very first jumped launched a bomb of 6.88m - or 22-7 in feet, and then followed up with 3 other jumps well over his prior best. Khalil Flemming was just over 6m while Steve Hetterich just missed breaking that. Later in the Triple Jump, it would be Khalil's time to once again, push his PR out even further as he lowered the boom on 45 feet for the first time - getting out to 45-2 and finishing 3rd, while Steve would grab a 7th place finish with his best mark of the season. Lucas Lebovitz grabbed a runner-up spot in the 800, making a strong move at the 400 to close the gap to the leaders and challenging for the win, while Romey would grab points, coming in shortly after in 6th. Judd Liebman would also grab a runner-up finish, grabbing 2nd in the 400 running 53.13. Greg Turissini got his indoor season started off with a fast mile, running 4:17 to grab 3rd before then joining with Brent, Matt and Romey to grab a runner-up finish in the DMR. Also in the mile, Ben Fiedler just missed breaking 4:30 as he finished in 7th with a 4:30.25 and then came back for good measure, and a test of speed and won his heat in the1000, with Kevin Connors finishing just behind him in his first race back from injury. The sprinters took a crack at the 4x200 Relay to get their day started, as Thomas Matthew, Javier Paulino, Dennis Kennelly and Mark would finish 4th with a 1:36.22. Josh Young would grab team honors in the 60m dash as he ran 7.47 but than Javy turned the tables on the group with the fastest mark in the 200. Cole Hawkins and Sam Wohlforth tackled the 5k for the first time, and working together for the majority of the race, and close proximity for the entirety, came through in 7th and 8th place running 16:38 and 16:41. Several of the distance guys took the weekend off from racing, and focused on training and a great workout on Friday, but with Valentine Classic at BU on tap for the coming weekend, the entire team will be in action and looking for big marks on Saturday.
Terrier Classic - Jan 25th
Performers of the Meet - Mark Cort, KC Fussell and Matt Melton
Intersession came to an end as classes began, and with the arrival of classes also put an end to the morning and afternoon practices and a chance to rest the legs a bit for the weekend. With the bodies a little less weary, the guys had a chance to really get a good test of where they were at and they certainly took advantage of the fast track at Boston University as they posted some great marks that will bode well for the remainder of the season. We got a lot of great marks throughout the day, a lot of great performances in a wide array of events and as a result, even picking a Performer of the Meet was a challenge so went with three for the week. KC Fussell, along with Dan Crowley and Charlie Reighard, were the first ones to step on the track in the opening section of the 5k. With opening miles of 448 for Fuss, and about 4:50 for Dan and Charlie then 9:35 and 9:38 at the 2 Mile, Fuss was right in the leading pack which started to string out a little bit over the next 3-4 laps, and with 3 laps to go, he had moved into the lead and made a strong push for the win, ultimately finishing 2nd and dipping under 15 minutes for the first time ever while Dan would knock about 15 seconds off his PR, running 15:05. Mark Cort got things done on the runway and on the track, as he got his long jump out over the 21 foot mark for the first time, finishing 15th on the day and hitting a DIII NE Mark and then would come back later in the afternoon and replicate that feat by hitting the standard in the 200 with his 23.06 time. Not to be outdone, Matt Melton threw done a great 400 as he ran to a new PR of 48.55 which was not only the fastest time of the day for DIII competitors but also is currently the nation's top 400 time. In the same event, only a few heats after both Jamie Sandel and Dennis Kennelly each had strong races running to their best indoor times. Khalil Flemming had a monster PR in the Triple jump as he nearly broke 45 feet. The final heat of the 3k saw a quartet of purple and black getting it done as Ben Fiedler led the first 10 laps of the race, coming thru the mile in 4:41 while Jeff Seelaus, Gus Greenstein and Raymond Meijer came through in 4:43, and then Gus made a strong move over the next 4 laps to put himself in contention for a big race, and in the last 2 laps Ben came blasting back to dip under 8:50 while Jeff and Gus would both run 8:52 (first time under 9 minutes for both) and Raymond just off of them in 8:53. Brent Harrison posted the fastest time of the day for the team in the 800 as he ran 1:56.51 while Nick Codola, a couple of heats later got under 2:00 while Alex Durkee was just over the 2:00 mark with Judd coming in just behind him in 2:01. Romey Sklar ran under 4:20 for the first time in the mile, coming up just shy of grabbing the win in his section while running 4:19.75. In a later section, Lucas Lebovitz had an incredible race for the first 1375 but the wheels came off a bit in the last lap but still raced to a 4:23 while in the next section, Jesse Fajnzylber knocked off a few seconds from his PR to run 4:24. Cole Hawkins and Sam Hawkins each had real strong races in the mile, with both hitting new PR marks despite dropping down from the distance to this event. Javier Paulino got under 24 seconds in the 200 while Josh Young just missed breaking that time, but lowering his indoor time to 24.11.
Tufts Invite #1 - Jan 18th
Performer of the Meet - Steven Lucey
The guys got 2014 kicked off at Tufts, in a 16 team invitational, and despite the heavy legs from the first 2 weeks of intersession they grabbed a runner-up finish. With each day combining a morning practice and then coming back for an afternoon practice, the focus on the meet was simply to compete hard despite the weariness of the bodies. With the minds strong now, it will provide great opportunities down the road when we are not working as long and hard as we have been and keeping things real simple for the first meet proved great for the men. A pair of first years grabbed their first ever collegiate wins as Steven Lucey used a blistering last lap in the 800 to grab a win, running under 1:59 while Ben Fiedler, took charge of the 5k in the final laps after some great teamwork with Jeff Seelaus, Ray Meijer and Gus Greenstein saw everyone taking turns leading at 800 intervals, and the purple and black went on to a 1-4 sweep. Khalil Flemming grabbed the other individual victory as he locked up the win in the triple jump on his final attempt, sailing well out over 43 feet to set a big PR. To put a great cap on the day, the 4x800 relay of Romey Sklar, Lucas Lebovitz, Jesse Fajnzylber and Steve held on for an exciting win to head onto the bus on a winning note. Matt Melton got our hard in the 400, finishing 2nd in a 50.45 then anchored the 4x400 team of Judd Liebman, Nick Codola and Brent Harrison to a 3rd place finish. In the 3k, KC Fussell, Dan Crowley and Charlie Reighard traded places each 600, as they focused on running 4:45 pace before taking the restrictions off in the final laps with all 3 running under 8:55. The 1000 saw a large field that was pretty physical, and the guys got bumped around and didn't put themselves in the best position and paid for it later in the race but Romey made the best of it, coming through in 4th with a 2:36 and Lucas coming in 6th. In the unseeded section, Alex Durkee grabbed the lead after the 1st lap and ran away from the field in a nice PR time of 2:43. Mark Cort grabbed points in the long jump before coming back in the 200, and despite barely staying on the track on the far turn, was still able to grab a 7th place finish with the teams fastest time for the day. In addition to the TJ win, Khalil grabbed points in the Long jump as well and had the days fastest time for the team in the 60 - just missing the finals with his 7.30 with Josh coming in just behind at 7.43. While not factoring into the scoring, some other very impressive results saw Cole Hawkins having one his best, and most complete races on the track as he ran a 9:33 for the 3k; Dennis Kennelly - still coming back from a shoulder injury looked great in his 4x400 leg; Judd finished 10th in the 600 in his first race back since early in the outdoor season. We head into the final week of intersession, with classes resuming this Thursday, and will back off the workload in anticipation of some big performances this coming weekend at the Terrier Classic at Boston University on Saturday.
Smith Invite - Dec. 7th
Performer of the Meet - Khalil Flemming
The men's track & field team kicked off the 2013-14 campaign by heading across the river to Smith College, and getting things under way at the Smith Invite. While many of those guys who raced XC this fall did not compete, it provided a great opportunity for those who have been working real hard in the weight room and out on the track this fall to shake the rust off, and test their legs out. Being the first meet, and approached in a low-key manner, expectations were kept to a minimum with the emphasis focused on competing and getting a good gauge of where we were at. Senior Matt Melton grabbed the days lone victory for the team in the days strongest event for Amherst, as he ran from the front in the 600 to grab a win in 1:23.91 leading Brent Harrison, who finished 2nd in 1:25.93, and Nick Codola and Alex Durkee who finished 4th and 5th. Khalil Flemming grabbed 5th in the 60m, running a PR of 7.34 in the finals after advancing to the final with his 7.40 time. Perhaps even bigger then his PR in the dash was what he did in the triple jump where he jumped out over the 13 meter mark for the first time ever - grabbing 3rd with a 13.02 before launching a huge jump on his final attempt that was barely a foul (but still a foul yes) but providing some great confidence nonetheless. His jumping partners, Mark Cort and Steve Hetterich grabbed 4th and 5th in the triple jump while Mark nearly broke 21 feet in the long jump, placing 7th to lead the team in that event. A quartet of freshmen got after it in the mile, and despite taking a two week break after the XC season, they still showed some great strength and toughness. Kevin Connors would lead the way with his 4th place finish in 4;30.81 while Ben Fiedler came next in 4:30.90 and then Steve Lucey and Jesse Fajnzylber would come in 8th and 9th. Lucas Lebovitz grabbed a 4th place finish in the 800, running 2:03 while KC Fussell nearly PR'd in the 400 en route to his 7th place finish of 2:07. Dennis Kennelly lead the team in the 200 with his 24.02 and 7th place finish overall while Javy Paulino would finish a tick behind in 24.09 and 9th, with freshmen Josh Young coming through in 13th - the two of them finishing in the same exact time of 7.44 in the 60m earlier in the day. Sam Wohlforth wrapped up the day for the team with his 7th place finish in the 3000, running a time of 9:53. A bit of a break from competing for now, as the team will not return to competitive action until January 18th and will shift focus to kicking butt in final exams and papers that are looming on the horizon.