NCAA Championships

At the JDL Track, Winston-Salem NC March 13-14th

Team Score - 32nd with 6 Points

Full Results

5000 Mohammed Hussein 14:57.63 13
3000 Greg Turissini 8:29.02 11
DMR 3:04.6 Sklar 9:59.56 3rd
50.8 Ingraham
1:52.5 Harrison
4:12 Turissini




Meet Recap:

It was quite an early start to the 2015 NCAA DIII Indoor Championship, as we departed the Amherst campus just before four AM on Thursday to begin our journey down south to North Carolina. Overall, it was a smooth travel day and we arrived at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem on a sunny and warm afternoon. The boys all enjoyed a nice shakeout outside in shorts / t-shirts, which certainly put everyone in good spirits and all seemed relaxed and ready for the next two days. We then fast-forward 24hrs later and we're getting underway on our first day of competition with Mohamed in the 5000m and the DMR to cap off the night. As he entered the 5000 with the fastest time by a freshman this year and seeing as he was also the only freshman in the field, Mo had little left to prove after already having a very strong freshman indoor campaign. The race got out well and for a majority of the first 3k, Mo would sit comfortably in a pack of guys that were in 7th - 10th place. Though as the tempo eventually picked up and the race stretched out, he would do his best to fight over that final kilometer. In the end, he would clock in at a time of 14:57 and take 13th place overall. While the race might have fallen short of Mo’s personal goals, he has had a stellar indoor season for a first year and there will certainly be more NCAA’s in the future! Forty-five minutes later we were back on the starting line for the Distance Medley Relay. Entering the race as the top seed and National Record holders, the guys had high expectations that evening and that certainly showed over the course of the race. Starting things off for us was, Romey Sklar, on the 1200m leg. He got out perfectly and put himself in a fine spot at the front of the race. Romey would remain in the front until about 800m, at which time three lead off legs from Wisconsin schools would take over. Though, he definitely did not back down and stuck right on the three Wisconsin competitors closely. Romey would come through the exchange zone in fourth place to split 3:04.6 and pass the baton off to first year, David Ingraham. Racing at his first ever NCAA Championship, David would hold his own to split 50.6 and hand-off to the 800m leg in 5th place. Junior, Brent Harrison would take the baton and get down to work right away. Probably turning in the best performance of his season and possibly career, Brent reeled in all but one of his competitors to split 1:52.5 and handed off to anchor leg, Greg Turissini in 2nd place. Once Greg received the baton he was off and there was no looking back. Greg was definitely out aggressive, as he came through the first 400 in 56.7 and wasn’t slowing down. Obviously that’s quite fast and a bit over his head, though it was a championship setting and competing to win was the main concern. Greg would then hit the halfway mark in 1:57.7 and had about a 20-30m gap on 2nd and 3rd place. Due to very fast early pace, Greg would begin to feel the fatigue shortly after 1k and come through the 1200 in 3:02. Behind Greg, UW-Eau Claire began to advance and UW-Lacrosse was close in tow. At the bell, UW-Eau Claire would advance past Greg and the UW-Lacrosse would eventually pass him in the final stretch. Though, Greg would hang tough and hold onto split 4:11 and help the DMR finish 3rd overall in 9:59.56, as well as earn All-American honors. Moving on to Saturday afternoon, Greg still had business to take care of in the 3000m. Despite a big effort the night before, Greg was excited and ready to toe the line. Once the race went off, he settled in around 8th -10th for the first kilometer. Though, as the race approached the halfway mark it began to heat up and the race would split. Unfortunately, Greg didn't make the necessary move to bridge the gap and would fade a bit in the later stages. Though with 400m to go, Greg would find some remaining strength and catch a few people to run 8:29 for 11th place. Overall, it was a successful NCAA meet that caps off a very successful indoor season for the entire team. With only a few weeks of reprieve, the outdoor season is just around the corner and we’re looking forward to some weather and big marks!