ECAC's

At Westfield State on November 8th

Conditions - ideal to race, mid-40's and beautiful

Full Results

Team Score:

3rd with 111 points

1
Steven Lucey
25:37
6
Kevin Connors
25:56
20
BenĀ  Fiedler
26:16
30
Jeff Seelaus
26:29
54
ZackĀ  Grand
26:56
64
Lucas Lebovitz
27:09
106
Chris Butko
27:50

 

*** Top 15 Earn All-ECAC Honors ***

 

 

Meet Recap:

Runners of the Meet - Steven Lucey & Kevin Connors

This past Saturday at Westfield State was an absolutely ideal day for championship racing. With temperatures in the high 40’s, a flat and fast course, and the pursuit of a team title, the ECAC Championships was the place to be for the men of Amherst. While our top seven sat out in preparation for next weekend’s regional race at Williams, our next seven had a unique opportunity to factor in the team score and to close out their seasons with a PR. As the main focus was improving on last year’s 3rd-place team finish, it was crucial for them to get off the line hard and situate themselves in good positions. Once the gun went off, Steven Lucey and Kevin Connors headed immediately to the front of the race, and they were able to stay there until the very end. For a majority of the race, Lucey and Connors hovered among the top five spots and worked well with one another to make it an honest race. As the race came through mile three, Lucey made a decisive move and opened up some ground on the chase pack. Right before the race entered the final 600 meters of open fields, however, Lucey was joined by a fellow NESCAC runner from Trinity. The Trinity runner had a small gap on Steven as the race entered the final 400 meters, but Lucey was not going to give up without a fight. As he tried to make a move on his NESCAC competitor, the Trinity runner responded once again and had a stride’s length lead on Lucey. As the two NESCAC foes entered the final straightaway, Lucey could see the finish line and put in a punishing kick over the last 100 meters. Steven was able to claim an ECAC title in a quick time of 25:37 – the first individual win at ECAC’s for the Amherst men. Not too far behind Lucey, and running a strong race from start to finish, was fellow sophomore Kevin Connors. Kevin took 6th place overall and dipped under the 26-minute barrier, crossing the line in a respectable 25:56. After Kevin, there was a bit of a gap until our 3rd runner, Ben Fiedler. Ben came across the line in 20th place and in a time of 26:16. Behind Ben, Jeff Seelaus was the next Amherst finisher in 26:29 and 30th place overall. Jeff has struggled with illness for a majority of the season, so it was nice to see a PR performance in his final race of the season. Rounding out our scoring five, and clocking in under 27 minutes for the first time this season, was our next finisher, Zach Grand. The promising first-year crossed the line in 26:56 and finished 54th overall. The next Amherst finisher was senior Lucas Lebovitz in 64th place, capping off his collegiate cross country career with a fine 27:09 performance. The 7th and final finisher for Amherst was first-year Chris Butko. Butko, who is primarily a mid-distance runner, stepped up to the plate and turned in a respectable 27:50 performance to finish 105th overall. While the boys were eyeing a team victory, it simply wasn’t in the cards on Saturday. Unfortunately, we were outdone by the tight pack running of Williams (57) and Tufts (71), who took 1st and 2nd. Finishing 3rd with 111 points, the boys can now begin some well-deserved time off and prepare to cheer on the top seven next weekend at the NCAA Regional meet at Williams.