Amherst College Sports Information Web Page Write-ups
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NCAA - March 13-14th
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!
ECACs - March 6-7th
Performer of the Meet - Brent Harrison and Kevin Connors
The guys headed to the Big Apple to compete at the 2 day ECAC Championships held at the New Balance Armory, and left the big city with the Championship Trophy! Amassing a 2 day total of 42 points, the men were able to grab the title by a mere 1/2 point on the strength of some solid performances across the board including a runner-up finish and a handful of 3rd places. Romey had the highest placing as he took control of the 1000m early, and looked as though he might be able to grab the lone win but a strong final push by a Bowdoin runner denied him the victory, but he finished with a 2:29 and a 2nd place finish. Third place seemed to be the place for the team as we finished their 5 times over the course of the weekend. On Friday night, the first event to go for us was the 5000 and both Craig and Raymond toed the line and did a great job of keeping themselves right in the thick of things throughout the race, and as they got the last 1000, the race started to string out a little bit with Craig holding on to 3rd place in a 15:01 with ray kicking hard in the last stretch to grab a 5th place finish in 15:09. The Distance Medley Relay would go next, and a strong opening leg by Kevin in 3:04 got Nick the baton in 2nd place, and Nick would carry the stick in 51 seconds, handing off to Chris in 3rd place with some gaps to the 1st and 2nd place teams. After a strong 1:55.6 carry, we got the baton right with the 2nd place team from NYU, and Jeff would shadow him throughout most of the race, coming home in a 4:18 carry to help the team get a 3rd place finish. Mark Cort was the only competitor in the field events, and jumped a 6.26m on his 3rd attempt after a couple of big fouls on his first 2 jumps and ended up placing 34th in the competition. The first running event on Saturday was the mile, and Jeff competed in the first of 2 sections and was in the mix of things early before falling off the pace in the last couple of laps. IN the seeded section, Kevin Connors was right up at the front, taking the pack through the opening 400 in 61 seconds and the 800 in 2:06 before being passed after the half, before jumping back on the lead at the 1200 mark and pushing towards the finish en route to a 3rd place finish in 4:16. IN the unseeded section of the 800, Brent got out very well, sitting on the shoulder of the leader through the first 400 in a rather tame 56.7 then jumped to the lead and did not look back as he won his heat convincingly in a PR time of 153.75, even splitting the race and after the 2nd section was run and times were sorted, he finished with the bronze. Up next, in the 1000m, Romey and Kevin went at it and Kevin would finish just out of the scoring mix but finished his indoor season with a PR, just dipping under 2:32 despite his 3rd race in less then 20 hours. The 3000 was run in 2 sections, with both Mohamed and Craig running in the seeded section. Despite being the seeded race, the pace was pretty slow and controlled as no one wanted to carry the load, and after going through in the mile in 4:41 and the 2k in 5:50 - about 7 seconds slower then what the guys had done in the early section - Mo stepped into the lead, and tried to turn things up a little bit but was not able to get away from the whole field and finished in 3rd place with an 8:36 while Craig - certainly tired from the 5k the night before - finished with an 8:48. The 4x400 relay of Jamie, Duncan, Nick and David all split about the same exact times - all going low 51 seconds - to finish in a 3:25 and grabbing 15th. The days last event was the 4x800, and heading into the race, we held a very slim 1/2 point lead over one team, and several others in contention were in the race. Jesse led off, and unfortunately, a nagging quad from Thursday would flare up and take him and us out of contention, despite some solid efforts from Jeff, Lucas and Chris to try and make up some of the difference, as they went pretty hard through the first 400's and suffered in their final laps as all three would go well under 2:00 to help us finish in 8:04 but out of the scoring. It seemed like the title would elude us but in some weird turn of fate, the scant 1/2 point lead we had going into the day's final event would hold up, and the 42 points we earned were just enough to finish on top. It was not the greatest of days individually but it seemed that every race, we in the mix of things and making things happen, and they were able to do just enough to bring home the ECAC banner and trophy to Amherst! Now the DMR, Greg in the 3k and Mo in the 5k will head to the NCAA on North Carolina this weekend to put an awesome finish to a very strong Indoor Campaign!
NEICAAA New England's - Feb 27-28th
Performers of the Meet - everyone did so well, that will name everyone for this weekend!
The boys headed back to Boston for the 2nd meet of the Championship portion, this being the NEICAAA Championships and competing against schools from across all Divisions in the region on BU's track. To say that the guys kicked some serious butt would be an understatement, as the guys did a fantastic job of competing well across both days of the two day meet. While results were fantastic, and the guys did some incredible things, the talk starts with the Distance medley Relay consisting of Romey, Sklar, David Ingraham, Brent Harrison and Greg Turissini who not only won a thrilling race BUT did so in a new NCAA DIII Record time - eclipsing the old mark held by an Amherst College quartet from 2011 - of 9:48.61!! Romey got things started as he took the pace out in his opening 1200 leg, coming through the first 600 in 131 and kept it going with another 60 second quarter through the 1k mark in 2:31.1 and charged home hard to hand off in 3rd place with a 3:00.7 split. David took the 2 lapper, and closed up a bit on the 2nd place team with his 49.7 split and then Brent threw down the 800 run that he has been working hard on, as he blitzed the first 400 in 53 seconds, and moved ahead of 2nd place quickly and set his sights on the leader and at the hand-off, he and Stonehill's runner handed off at the exact same time - with Brent coming through his split in a 1:51.3. 'reg got on the shoulder of the Stonehill anchor and together they flew through the early laps, hitting the 400 in 58.5 and the 800 split in 2:00.6. After hitting the 1200 in a 3:04.3, and sensing it was time to move, Greg stepped into the lead and continued to push the pace and was able to hold off a hard charging Northeastern anchor leg to grab the win and subsequently the New Record of 9:48.61 with his 4:06.7 anchor leg. Perhaps as an extra bit of motivation, and certainly some great inspiration, moments before they stepped on the line for the DMR, the guys got to watch Mohamed Hussein and Raymond Meijer have an awesome 5000. The pair went through the opening mile in 4:39 and were in a line that was strung out a little bit back around 7-8th or so. Over the next Mile, Mo moved up through the ranks and was in about 4th, hitting the 2 Mile mark in 9:20 while Raymond was running in 10th, coming through the deuce in 9:27. With 3 laps to go, Mo took the lead and tried to push the pace as he got a little daylight on the field except for the Colby runner who came back hard in the last lap to grab the win but Mo would finish 2nd with a huge PR of 14:29.11 - the 2nd fastest time ever run by an Amherst runner - while Raymond cranked the last lap to dip under 15:00 for the first time, running 14:59.38 and grabbing 9th. Nick Codola and Jamie Sandel got the Friday portion of the meet started by competing in the trials of the 500 where Nick ran 1:07.15 while Jamie was in the final section, and after coming through in 51.2 seconds, came home in 1:06.39. Chris Butko - despite not having run all week due to illness, battled gamely in the 800, running a 1:57.52 and in the next event, Lucas Lebovitz ran his best time of the season for the 1000, as he came through the first 800 in 2:02 and kicked home in 2:33.31 to grab 3rd in his section.
The times and performances from Friday night certainly provided a lot of excitement for the guys competing on Saturday, and the great weekend of competing hard was in full effect from the very start of the day in the mile. Kevin Connors and Jeff Seelaus competed in the first section of the mile, and an opening 800 of 2:07.5 for Kevin and 2:08.9 for *eff put them on pace for good races, and shortly after that, KConn took the lead and continued to push the pace and was rewarded with a big PR of 4:14.07 while *eff came through in a PR of 4:18.76. The next section saw Romey competing, and despite some heavy legs from the night before and not the best execution of placement throughout the race, he was able to finish strong after getting out of traffic and finished in a mile PR of 4:14.11. Craig Nelson, coming off a big race last weekend in the 5k, dropped down to the 3000 to try to post a big mark there, and he certainly delivered. After coming through the mile in 4:34 (near PR from a year ago) he never slowed down, as he finished 5th in his section, running an 8:36.45 or the equivalent of about a 9:10 2 Mile. There was a break in action for us until later int eh afternoon, when Greg came back for the seeded section of the 3000, and as the pace dawdled in the early stages - in comparison to what guys had run 9a few of the guys had already run other races) - as no one really wanted to lead or push the pace, and they went through the mile in 4:35 and the 2k in 5:45 before the pace dropped quickly, and Greg surged to the lead and pushed hard, ultimately finishing in 2nd in an 8:23 - running his last 1000 in 2:38. The 4x800 was up next, and competing in the unseeded section, the guys knew they would need to race for the win and hope the time would hold up for scoring. Romey took the first leg, and despite his 3rd race in less then 24 hours, came through with a 1:56.9 carry to hand off right amongst the leaders, and put Jesse Fajnzylber in a great spot to do some chasing and boy did he deliver as he opened up in a 55.6 in chasing after the leader and finished strong running a 1:57.1 leg (best split ever), giving KConn to race for the lead, which he delivered in with his 1:56 carry and sent Brent off with the lead, and he made it clear that he was not going to get caught, as he ran a 1:54 carry to finish with the win in a 7:44.92 and they held on for 8th overall. The 4x400 was the final event for us, and Jamie led things off with a super lead-off leg, nearly getting under 50 seconds with his strong 2nd lap, and Duncan - who has quickly gotten into shape and should be in great position for outdoors, ran a 50. leg and came through with a strong finish passing a couple of guys near the end that ultimately caused a bit of confusion at the hand-off but got it to Nick, who also came through with a strong leg in the 50 range with David finishing things off and helping the team to a 3:23 carry. With the 27 points we scored, the guys finished 10th overall in the championships and will look to carry that momentum forward to ECAC's this Friday and Saturday at the Armory in NYC.
DIII New Englands - Feb 21st
Performer of the Meet - Craig Nelson
The guys kicked off the championship season in rousing fashion, as they did an awesome job at the DIII New England's held at Springfield. Talking about the meet the night before, the focus was to be competing hard, being as tough as possible and not worrying about times or marks, only about competing and laying it on the line and they did a great job of adhering to this throughout the day as they came up with many huge performances. The days lone victory came from the Distance Medley Relay quartet of Jesse Fajnzylber, Nate Showalter, Chris Butko and Greg Turissini as Jesse did a great job of keeping us right in the thick of things with his 3:13 1200 leg, and Nate ran 53 for his 400 (running a leg on a winning relay when back in December the talk was about simply getting back into track mindset with an eye on outdoors as returned to the sport after football season!), then Chris ran a strong leg to close things back up and give Greg the stick just behind the leaders and he wasted no time making it a decisive victory as he cruised through the first 1200m in 3:06 before conserving energy some energy and coming home in 4:14 to win with a 10:19. Craig Nelson had the performance of the day - and this is certainly not to take away from anyone else as the guys came up big over and over - in the 5k. After an off race last weekend, did he ever rebound! The race got out pretty well and he hung back just on the fringe of scoring and hit the first mile in 4:45 running in 8-9th, and then over the next mile, would move up to 5-6th and came through in 9:33 and then as the front groups started to break up in the last mile, he continued to move up to 5th then 4th, and using a big last lap, finished in 3rd running a 14:54 - the fastest 5k ever run by a freshman at Amherst. The race immediately before Craig saw another first year have an awesome race as well, and likewise posting the fastest 3000 time by a freshman, as Mohamed Hussein kept himself right up in the thick of things throughout the race, hitting the first mile in 4:35 and finishing up in 6th place overall running an 8:30.28. Romey Sklar and Jeff Seelaus each competed in the Mile, and from the sound of the gun, they put themselves in contention for scoring and with a strong last lap finish that has been a little lacking so far this season, Romey was able to move up a couple of places, finishing 3rd in 4:17 while Jeff came through in 9th in a 4:22. Scoring big from the unseeded sections was the word of the day in the middle distance events, and the guys did a great job of running tough from the front and winning sections to put the pressure on the seeded heats. Butko was in the 2nd of 3 sections of the 600, and he showcased his 800 strength in the final lap to move from 4th to running away with the win in a big PR of 1:23.53 and grabbing a 4th place overall. In the final section of the 600, Nick Codola would finish 5th in his heat and grabbed 9th overall while in the first section, Jamie Sandel would run 1:27. The next event was the 800, and Brent Harrison immediately went to the front of the unseeded section and ran completely unchallenged as he sped through the 400 in 55.9 and 600 in 1:24.8 before coming home in a 1:55.75 - winning by a huge margin, and then ultimately finishing 5th overall after the seeded section got finished. In the same section, Steve Lucey plagued by an ailing hamstring gamely battled but wasn't able to have the race he had hoped for. The next event saw a very similar tactic, as Kevin Connors and Lucas Lebovitz lined up in the unseeded 1000 and from the gun, KConn took the lead and never relinquished nor was ever challenged as he sped to a PR of 2:32.28 and would ultimately grab 5th overall, while Lucas struggled from a week long battle with illness that took it out of his legs for the last 2 laps. Mark Cort returned in the long jump after a couple of weeks trying to recover from Turf toe, and while the results were not quite as high as personal expectations, the 3 jumps he got off were all strong ones and he looks to be on the mend and hoping for a big performance in 2 weeks as his 6.35 would get him 11th, just missing the finals while Khalil would finish 18th in the long jump, and 19th in the triple jump. In the first section of the 400, David Ingraham won his heat convincingly and finished in the Top 20 overall and then later in the meet, would acnhor the 4x400 relay which finished 4th in their section, and would grab 7th overall with their 3:29 as Jamie, Duncan Norton, Nick competed solidly to accomplish the goal of scoring and finished where they were seeded coming into the meet. A bit of bad luck struck on the final event of the day, as in the 4x800, in the very first leg, as the guys came through the first 200 we had the baton knocked out of our hand and amongst the mass of bodies the baton could not be found and thus put a bizarre ending - had been looking to try to win the 2 longer relays, and while could'ves and should'ves mean nothing at all, we were confident that the guys could have run away with a win BUT didn't,. and despite the mishap, super proud of how the guys battled and stepped up and looking ahead to this weekend's meet at the All New England Championships.
David Hemery Valentine Classic - Feb 14th
Performers of the Meet - Jamie Sandel & Lucas Lebovitz
With blizzard warnings set for late afternoon in Boston, the meet was moved up a bit and set onto a rolling schedule and despite the crazy number of entrants in all events, the guys were on the bus at 6:30 heading back home after a great day of warming things up on the track. A lot of great action over the course of the day and perhaps one of the biggest highlights was Greg Turissini taking down his own school record in the 3000, as he finished 4th in his section (3rd fastest heat) and 30th overall by running an 8:16.58 despite battling an illness all week. His time takes off 3 seconds from his record set last year, and moves him up to 8th on the NCAA list this winter. Romey Sklar had the highest placing on the day, as he finished 24th overall in the 1000, running to a new PR of 2:29.26. While he did not get out as aggressively as hoped, he was strong in the last 2 laps to put himself back into contention to get his PR. Jamie Sandel also broke the Top 30, as he scorched his 500 heat - winning his section and finishing 27th overall - also in a new PR of 1:06.28 after hitting the 400 in 51 seconds he was still able to power home strong. He then finished the day on a great note as well, as he lead off the 4x400 relay - consisting of Nick Codola, Brent Harrison and David Ingraham - with a sub 51 leg, as the quartet would survive a hand off bobble from 2-3, and then David would bring the stick home with a sub 50 clocking as the guys ran 3:22.08 to get 30th overall. Prior to the relay, Nick ran a 1:06.98 in the 500, while David would run to a new PR in the 400 as he got under 51 seconds for the first time while Brent would finish 4th in his 800 section, running a 1:55.61. In other 800 action, Chris Butko and Lucas Lebovitz would each grab runner-up finishes in their respective sections, with both running strong races - Chris coming through at 1:56.16 while Lucas ran to a new PR of 1:57.88. Kevin Connors led the way for a big contingent of guys in the Mile, as he raced to a new PR of 4:17.03 for the teams top time, while Jesse Fajnzylber came across in a 4:27 in the next section. A few of the distance guys dropped down to the mile, and despite that not being the focus of our training this winter, they got to zap the legs with a little speed, and Scotty Nelson dipped under the 4:30 mark as did middle-distance guy Jack Wesley - with both running 4:29 - and Justin Barry raced to a 4:31, Aaron Zambrano & Zack Grand were in the same section and raced 4:41 and 4:44 while Sam Wohlforth finished up the mile races with his 4:39.68. Khalil Flemming got his first 13m jump in the triple jump, as he bounded to a 30th place finish while Steve Hetterich jumped over 12m in finishing 36th. Duncan Norton had the top time in the 200 for the team, as he raced to a season best time of 23.15 while Josh Young got under 24 seconds for the first time this winter with his 23.63 and Nate Showalter got his first taste of the banked track. Speaking of tasting the track, in the final section of the 3000, Raymond Meijer was having an incredible race and with just 150 to go, and looking awesome in 3rd place, he got tripped from behind by another run and went down hard on the track - going from 3rd to nearly at the back of the pack. He got himself up, pushed the shock of the fall aside and was able to finish in a PR of 8:52 but not the low 8:40's he was on target for. In the 3000 also, Craig Nelson just dipped under his best time from earlier in the season with his 8:50.92, Ben Fiedler ran an 8:51.84 while Jeff Seelaus came through in 8:54.50. With the completion of the meet, this also ended the invitational portion of the season as the Championship meets get started this coming weekend with the DIII New England's at Springfield the first one on the docket.
Cupid Challenge - Feb 7th
Performers of the Meet - The DMR, Duncan Norton, Jeff Ewing & Zack Grand
The trip back to the Boston area - specifically Tufts - for the Cupid Challenge, proved to be a great meet that the guys took full advantage of. While the meet was large, with over 20 teams in attendance, i came with some great competition, and at the end of the day the guys tallied a 5th place finish and quite a few great performances. The Distance Medley Relay posted the first victory of the day, and ultimately would also jump up to #2 on the NCAA list, as Romey would carry the stick fir the first 1200m with a 3:06.5 carry, handing off to Nick for the 400 leg a little behind WPI. Brent took the 800 leg, and patiently bided his time until the last lap and then started to head to the front and opened up some day light (with his 1:55 leg) for Greg, who would run a completely solo 4:12.7 anchor leg to close out in 10:06.16. The 5k was such a big field, that it got split into 2 races with Aaron Zambrano and Cole Hawkins competing in the unseeded section and finishing up in 16:10 for Zambi while Cole ran 16:43. The seeded section saw a trio of freshmen making their 5k debuts - Mohamed Hussein, Scotty Nelson, and Justin Barry- while season veterans KC Fussell and Ben Fiedler would taking their first crack at it this season. Mo, Fuss and Ben would be right near the front pack through the 1/2 way point, while Justin and Scotty were working great together a little further back but doing an outstanding job of trying to stick right on 5:00 pace. After going through in 2Miles in 9:46, things would start to spread out in the front and Mo and Fuss did a great job of maintaining contact, and would finish in 15:12 for Mo and 15:18 for Fuss. Ben would finish up in 15:30.46 and Scotty and Justin in 15:37 and 15:41 respectively. Jamie Sandel and Nate Showalter competed in the 60 Hurdle trials, running 9.23 and 9.50 while Josh Young followed them in the 60m trials, running a 7.37 good for 15th overall. In the Mile, we had some guys dropping down in distance and others going up. Jeff Seelaus and Scotty Nelson were right in the lead group, with Jeff pushing the pace in the later stages of the race, and then Craig using a big kick to finish 2nd in a nice PR of 4:22.01 while Jeff came home in 6th with a 4:24. Chris Butko ran 4:31 and Ray Meijer ran 4:37 while Jack Wesley ran a 4:36 in the 2nd section. The 400 saw some great races by the sprint crew as David and Nick went 1-3 in the first section of the 400 (ultimately finishing 4th and 8th) in 51.83 and 52.15 while in the next heat, Jamie had a great race to also get under 52 seconds, grabbing 5th. Duncan Norton continues to round into shape, as he blasted through the opening lap and owned his section by a huge margin racing to a 53.05, and Nate got his first taste of the quarter, running 53.89. Brent had run a strong 800 leg to start the day, so dropped down to the 600 to toss a little speed into the legs, and responded while by blowing out his section, running to a 1:24.54 and grabbing a 2nd place finish overall while Jeff Ewing stretched out to the 600 and had his best race of the season - winning his section and looking great as he just missed breaking 1:30. The 800m event would provide some more excitement, as Romey - already a little tired from his 1200 earlier - tried to battle hard with weary legs, and would fight a great one to get 4th overall in 1:57.91. The next heat would be exciting as Jesse Fajnzylber and Lucas Lebovitz each raced aw3esome, keeping at the front and then pushing the pace in the last 2 laps, and while just barely missing breaking 2:00 (2:00.24 and 2:00.55) each race a great race to get 6th and 8th overall. Kevin Connors grabbed a runner-up spot in the 1000 as he took the lead with a coupe of laps to go, and ran a 2:33.68 to dispose of everyone but the Trinity runner who would go by in the last straight. In the unseeded section of the 3000, Zack Grand went right to the front and was in a breakaway group of 3 runners and after an opening mile of 4:52 and he continued to fight hard, coming through with a big race as he finished 3rd in the heat with a 9:16 while Sam Wohlforth and Pete Horton were at 9:26 and 9:30. The 200 some some fast 1 lap action as David came back from his great 400 to try his legs in the 200 for the first time this season, and ran a great time of 23.48 to grab 10th while Duncan blasted a lap in 23.63 to finish 14th, and Joyo raced to a 24.42. Khalil Flemming and Steve Hetterich had some troubles with the board - more getting on it as opposed to being over - and with a minimum mark of 6:00 needed for any measurements after the 1st attempt, they finished with a 5.85 and 5.50 mark.
Springfield Invite & John Thomas Terrier Classic- Jan 31st
Performers of the Meet - David Ingraham, Cole Hawkins & Greg Turissini
After seeing our meet canceled the week before due to snow, it was nice to get back on the track on Saturday - with majority of the team heading to Springfield College while seven guys headed into Boston to compete at the Terrier Classic. Those staying local did a great job competing, and despite some notable absences, the guys showed their depth as they scraped for points all day long to run away with a team victory! Freshmen David Ingraham had a great day as he stepped up in distance to the 600m, and and he and *amie Sandel would run away from the field, trading leads a couple of times en route to a 1-2 finish in 1:26 and then they would come back at the end of the day to join with Nick Codola and Chris Butko to grab a win in the 4x400. Prior to the 600, *amie finished 3rd in the 60H - still hovering right at that 9 second mark and looking to breaking well under that in the coming meets. The mile was a big source of points as Kevin Connors and Jesse Fajnzylber shared the pacing duties en route to a 1-2 finish in 4:25 and 4:26 while Dan Crowley returned from an Achilles injury to get some rust off with his opener in 4:32 grabbing 3rd, and then in 6&7th were first years Zack Grand and Pete Horton. Before his 4x400 duties, Chris Butko grabbed a runner-up finish in the 1000 with his 2:35 run while Lucas Lebovitz returned from a nagging calf injury to open his season with a solid 2:36.00 good for 3rd place and jack Wesley continues to get back to racing form, as he grabbed a 5th place in 2:38. Khalil Flemming would pace the jumpers as he, despite issues with the board, grabbed a 2nd place in the triple jump, just ahead of Steve Hetterich who finished 3rd and also grabbed 4th place in the long jump to start the day off. Josh Young snuck into the finals with his 7:39 clocking in the semi's, and then improved on the time - despite the short rest - and grabbed a 5th place with his 7.34, and then would also grab points later in the day in the 200 with his 24.09. In between the 600 and the 200, he led off the 4x200 relay consisting of Jeff Ewing, Harrison Haigood and Nate Showalter, as they placed 4th place. Moments before the relay, Nate would make his Amherst debut in the 60 Hurdles as he transitions from football to the track team. Harrison would grab a 6th place finish later in the 400, with Duncan Norton making his season debut and winning his section of the 400 and then placing 5th overall with his 54.15. Steve Lucey and Nick would go 3-5 in the 800, with Steve using his patented blistering last 50m kick to dip under 1:59. The 3000 saw a big contingent of purple and black, and the race was run in 2 sections. In the first section, Sam Wohlforth and Cole Hawkins would put themselves up near the front and right in the thick of things with Sam doing quite a bit of the leading before Cole took over in the last few laps and would eventually run to a section win and a big PR of 9:16 - and an 8th place overall finish to grab a scoring point - with Sam coming in a few seconds later. Immediately following was the seeded heat, and KC Fussell would get out well mixing it up withe the top 2 guys in the race as they went through the mile in 4:40, while Ben Fielder stayed back, sticking to his game plan of a 4:44 opening mile despite it taking him out of the action, and then just a little behind him Justin Barry and Scotty Nelson were running within their own group, with Aaron Zambrano following that. Around the 2k mark, things started to spread out a little bit more and by the end, Fuss held onto 3rd, dipping under 8:55 with a hard charging Ben coming in at 8:56 to grab 4th and another few seconds saw JB and Scotty coming in just under / over 9:05 for 5th and 6th.
As the Springfield meet was heading towards the later stages of the day, the guys in Boston were just getting under way as Romey Sklar and Brent Harrison would start things off with the mile. Romey was first up, and after an opening 1/2 of 2:10 and a bit off the pack, he started to move up through the last 4 laps to run a 4:17.08. Brent was competing in his first real mile, and let the distance get to his head a little to much as put himself in good position of the opening laps but fell off towards the late stages but was still able to grind out a 4:24. The 3000 would be the next event - the 3k and 5k being the final events of the day - and Mohamed Hussein would be making his first crack at the indoor 3k, and after an opening mile of 4:35 lost a little bit of contact from the group before getting it going again in the final laps to come home in an 8:38 - about a 20 second PR (from his outdoor time). Jeff Seelaus was up next, and a hard fought first mile of 4:41 that saw him getting some extra distance in with his lane 2 and up, would eventually take its toll as he struggled the last K, and came through in 8:51. The final event of the night would the 5k, and Greg Turissini would be the first to go, as he was in the 2nd heat and he was right in the thick of things from the beginning of the race as he went through the mile in 4:41, and then got through the 3k in 8:49 and the 2 Mile in 9:23 and then with 600 to go, he started moving up and would grab 3rd overall in a big PR of 14:34 - and also get 14th overall when all was said and done. The next section up would see both Raymond Meijer and Craig Nelson (making his 5k debut), and the pair would work together throughout the race, as they went would trade-off every couple of laps, as they came through the opening mile in 4:51, the 3k in 9:04 and the 2 Mile in 9:40 and then would finish together in 15:08 - nice PR's for each of them, and a great way to finish the day!
Little Three's - Jan 17th
Performer of the meet - Jesse Fajnzylber
On Saturday, the men headed down to Wesleyan for the first ever Indoor Little Three Championship. It’s a meet that is usually put on during the outdoor season, but looking to shake things up it has been moved to the indoor calendar this year. Leading up to Saturday, the men of Amherst had been hard at work with early morning doubles, lifts, workouts, and community service. Despite the big workload, everyone was excited to get on the track and throw down some fast times and big marks. Kicking things off for Amherst were the trio of – Mark Cort, Khalil Flemming, and Steven Hetterich in the long jump. They would certainly hold their own as Cort would take top honors with a strong leap of 6.61m and Khalil would grab second with his jump of 6.41m. Hetterich would finish 6th with a respectable jump of 6.00m. After a strong showing on the jumps runway, it was now time to turn to the track for the men’s mile. Leading a long contingent of Amherst men from the gun, Romey Sklar and Jeff Seelaus battled up front with the race leader from Williams. Working well together for a majority of the race, Romey and Jeff would go onto finish together in 4:23.65 and 4:23.66 for 2nd and 3rd overall. Next across the line for Amherst would be Ben Fiedler and Mohamed Hussein in 4:32.6 and 4:32.7 for 7th and 8th. Scott Nelson would not be too far behind in 4:37.0 and making his collegiate debut would be Jack Wesley running 4:38.5. After the mile we would shift our attention to the 60H and watch *amie Sandel power home to a PR of 9.01. Sandel would have little time to rest, as he would shortly return to the track with freshman teammate, David Ingraham, for the 400. Ingraham would lead the duo with his 51.85 2nd place finish, while Sandel would hang on for 3rd in 52.60. Heading back to the jumps runway, we would see Khalil and Steve taking on the triple jump. In similar fashion to the long jump, Amherst would go 1-2 with Khalil winning with a mark of 12.84m and Hetterich picking up 2nd with a leap of 12.54m. Back on the track, Nick Codola and Christ Butko were toeing the line for the 600. Once the gun went off they both wasted little time and got to work with a quick opening 200. Joined by a fellow Williams runner, Codola and Butko were together until the final 100m when Butko went wide to cross the line in first with a time of 1:24.41. Codola certainly would'nt waiver and finished right behind Butko in 3rd with a time of 1:24.63. After an exciting finish in the 600, it was time for Josh Young and Mohamed Ramy to take the track for the 60M. Young would go onto cross the line in 7.42 for 6th and Ramy would run 7.80 for 7th. Looking to keep things rolling, a strong contingent of Amherst men lined up the 800. After a slow opening lap, Brent Harrison had enough and took off from the field. No one would challenge Harrison and he would cruise to a 2:00.6 victory. Finishing shortly after Brent would be Kevin Connors in 2:03.8 and Jeff Seelaus in 2:04.2. Looking to put on another fine display of Mid-Distance talent were Jesse Fajnzylber, Steven Lucey, and Aedan Roberts in the 1000. Biding his time well, Fajnzylber made a strong move at 500 and churned home to finish in second in a strong 2:35.9. Lucey would be next across the line in 2:41.2 and Roberts behind him 2:42.3. After a fine showing in the 1000, we would see a big group of Amherst runners going after it in the 3k. Early in the race, Greg Turissini, Craig Nelson, Raymond Meijer, and KC Fussell worked well together at the front of the race. Not too far behind that contingent were Justin Barry and Cole Hawkins running strong. Around halfway, Turissini and Nelson would breakaway from everyone else and stay out front for the remainder of the race. Turissini would go onto win in a strong early season time of 8:43.9 and Nelson would take second with his 8:51.4 performance. Raymond Meijer would cross the line in 4th with a time of 9:01.3 and KC Fussell took 7th in 9:14.4. Not too far behind Fussell, Cole Hawkins turned in a fine performance of 9:25.1, while Barry was right behind in 9:28.9. As the individual events came to a close, we headed into the relay section of the meet. In the 4x8 we would see Jesse Fajnzylber, Christ Butko, Brent Harrison, and Romey Sklar overpower the field and easily win in a time of 8:13.7. Finishing the day of would be the 4x4 relay of Nick Codola, Jamie Sandel, Aedan Roberts, and David Ingraham. Despite some tired legs, the boys would run tough and finish in 3rd with a time of 3:31.36. With the first real meet in the books, the guys now have just a few more days of doubles before all their classes and work start up for the spring semester. We will certainly look to capitalize on that time and get ready for another strong showing at the Smith Invitational next weekend.
Smith Winter Classic - Dec 6th
Performers of the Meet - Nick Codola & Thomas Matthew
A small contingent of men officially kicked off the 2014-15 Indoor Track & Field season by heading across the river to compete at the Smith College's Winter Classic meet. The large majority of those who raced XC this fall are just coming off a break and were not competing so the uniforms were donned by the sprinters, jumpers and thrower who have been working hard this fall and looking at the meet as a good starting point to see where their work has brought them. For the jumpers, it was their first time in the sand this fall so expectations were minimal and just looking to try and get back into a jumping rhythm - which took a few attempts! Khalil Flemming had the farthest effort in the long jump, hitting a 6.20 for 4th while Mark Cort was just over 6 meters though a couple of huge attempts were fouls on his final 2 attempts showed that he has still got it! Steve Hetterich made the finals as well, finishing 9th while Harrison Haigood got his spikes dirty for the first time. The Triple jump immediately followed the long jump so not a lot of time to rest, and Khalil and Steve both were out around 40 feet - though looking a little sluggish with their phases, most likely from the 6 attempts in the long moments earlier. Captain Nick Codola grabbed the day's lone victory in the 600, as he made a strong move around the 500m mark to take the lead and powered through to a 1:23.65 win. In the next section, Jamie Sandel would make a strong move in the last lap to win his heat and run a 3 second PR of 1:26.47 to go along with his qualifying for the finals in the 60 Hurdles earlier in the day by running 9.21. David Ingraham nearly opened up his Amherst track career by grabbing a victory, but just before the finish line, he was caught from behind after leading wire to wire in the 400 but posted a great opening time of 51.85. In the next section, Harrison would grab a win in his heat where he and freshmen classmate Jeff Ewing would finish 1st and 3rd running 54.31 and 55.93. Thomas Matthew would head the short sprint crew as he won his section in the 60m by running 7.24 to advance to the finals, and then in the finals would knock more time off from his PR by running 7.18 to finish 2nd, while Josh Young would finish 10th with his 7.49. Later in the day, both would compete in the same section of the 200 with TMatt again taking the team honors with his 23.56 for 4th overall (but a section win) with JoYo just over the 24 second mark in 8th. While most of the XC guys did not compete, a quartet did want to jump on the track and compete in the 800 but despite no preparation for the meet, and following the same training schedule as everyone else, they competed well as freshmen Chris Butko would grab 3rd with a 1:59.29 while Jesse Fajnzylber and Peter Horton would battle all the way to the line with Jesse in top, and then Justin Barry just missing breaking 2:10 despite being more of a longer distance guy. Another newcomer to the team and sport, Mike McCall would compete in the Shot Put and the Weight throw for his first ever track met. The day ended up with the guys running a 4x400 that would easily win their section and place 4th overall as David, Harrison, Jamie and Nick would run 3:35 to put a cap on a real solid opening season meet. With the next meet not being until the middle of January, the guys will return to building strength and after getting A's on their finals exams and end of semester papers, will look to carry the momentum through the New year top start of the crux of the season.