NEICAAA New England's

At MIT, May 8-9th

Team Score - 24th with 10 points

Full Results

10,000 Hussein Mohamed 30:43.89 1
10,000 Meijer Raymond 31:45.26 9
5,000 Crowley Dan 14:55.16 9
Steeple Seelaus Jeff 9:38.00 12
800 Harrison Brent 1:52.89 15
400H Sandel Jamie 56.13 15
1,500 Connors Kevin 3:53.37 16
1,500 Sklar Romey 3:54.07 18
5,000 Nelson Craig 15:07.89 20
1,500 Turissinni  Greg 4:10.60 29
4x800 Connors 1:55.0 7:55.03 17
Turissinni  2:00.0
Harrison 1:58.8
Sklar 2:01.4



Meet Recap:

Performer of the Meet - Mohamed Hussein

As we enter the home stretch of the outdoor season, a small contingent of Amherst runners headed to MIT on Friday and Saturday for the Open New England Championship. With a good mix of competitors from all divisions and perfect temperatures, it certainly was an ideal setting for running fast and closing out the season with a bang. Starting things off for the crew on Friday night was Jamie Sandel in the 400H. Sandel has made great progress this season as a hurdler and has been running very well in the championship portion of the season. Running from the 5th heat, Jamie would just come up short of hitting a PR as he clocked in at 56.13 and would go on to finish 20th overall in the field. Though, Sandel still lives to see another meet and should be ready to dip under 56 at ECACs. As the night progressed and the sun began to set, we turned our attention to the 5,000 and 10,000. Toeing the line in the 5,000 for Amherst were Dan Crowley and Craig Nelson. After a slow opening quarter, the pace began to pick up and the real race was underway. Crowley sat well in the front pack and came through the first mile in a respectable 4:37, while Nelson worked well in the back of the field and hit the opening mile in 4:45. Shortly after 3k, the front pack would make a strong move and Crowley would unfortunately lose contact. Though he would fall off the leaders, Dan would hang tough to finish in a PR of 14:55.1 and take 9th place. Firs year, Nelson had himself a strong as well, as he moved up very well over the last 1.5k and capped off his first collegiate season running 15:07.8. Looking to end the night on a high note, Raymond Meijer and Mohamed Hussein toed the line the 10,000. From the gun, Mo would settle into a lead pack of four and Raymond was not too far behind in a competitive chase pack. At the front, Mo was being toed along and clocked off consistent 74’s and hit the halfway point in 15:30. Behind Mo, Raymond was holding his own and came through the first 5k in 15:52. With a little over two-kilometers to go, Mo would become antsy and began to drop 72’s, which seemed to be a decisive move on his competitors. Raymond was also still running very well with 2k to go remaining, as he hit 5 miles in an impressive split of 25:18. Running all alone the final mile, Mo would eventually go on to win the race in a big PR of 30:43.8. Fighting hard over the last laps, Raymond also crossed the line in a new PR of 31:45.2 to take 9th overall. Looking to follow in the footsteps of their teammates from Friday night, a strong mid-distance crew headed to MIT on Saturday in search of PRs. Starting off the day was Jeff Seelaus in the steeplechase. Without a doubt it was Jeff’s best race of the season, as he battled very well over the second half of the race and crossed the in a season best time of 9:38.0. Shortly after Jeff’s strong steeple performance, a trio of Amherst runners toed the line in the first heat of the 1500. Leading the trio at the front of the race was Kevin Connors who hit the opening quarter in 63.5 and the first half in 2:04.2. Connors would position himself well in the final lap and made a strong move to challenge the race with about 300m to go and again right before the homestretch. Though he was held off each time, Kevin still competed extremely well and narrowly missed his PR running 3:53.37. Running right off Kevin for a majority of the race, Romey Sklar finished right behind him running a PR of 3:54.07. Greg Turissini was the final Amherst competitor across the line, as he closed out his season running 4:10.6. Shortly after seeing his mid-distance crew rock the 1500, Brent Harrison was ready to do the same in the 800. Brent would certainly meet expectations, as he would dip under 1:53 for the first time and clock in at an impressive time of 1:52.98. Later on the day, all of the mid-distance guys – despite being a bit tired - would suit up for one last relay of the season and put up a time of 7:55.03 in the 4x800. For many, the season now comes to a close and all attention is turned to studying hard and doing well on final exams. A select few will look to compete next Thursday / Friday at ECACs in Springfield and after his strong performance in the 10K, Mohammed has put himself in contention for competing at NCAAs in two weeks at St. Lawrence.