<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> 2015 New England's

NEICAAA New England Championships

At Franklin Park in Boston, October 10th

Team Scores -

Varsity 2nd with 176 points

Sub-varsity 2nd with 71 points

Full Results

2 Mohamed Hussein 24:29
10 Dan Crowley 24:56
40 Craig Nelson 25:30
60 Raymond Meijer 25:40
71 Tucker Meijer 25:47
74 Jeff Seelaus 25:48
80 Steven Lucey 25:51
6 Cosmo Brossy 25:57
12 Scott Nelson 26:04
18 Jack Wesley 26:09
20 Justin Barry 26:12
23 Kristian Sogaard 26:15
63 Kevin Dooley 26:45
75 Peter Horton 26:54
77 Chris Butko 26:57
83 Jesse Fajnzylber 27:02
85 Cole Hawkins 27:04
111 Zack  Grand 27:24
115 Jacob Silverman 27:27
123 Aaron Zambrano 27:33
132 Jack Malague 27:39
171 Ermias Kebede 28:27



Meet Recap:

Runner of the Meet - Dan Crowley, Tucker Meijer and Cosmo Brossy

As we arrived at the renowned Franklin Park on Saturday morning and were treated to a perfect fall day in New England, we knew it would be critical to capitalize on such an awesome day. The Open New England Championship is always a solid mix of DI, D2, and D3 squads, which meant we would need strong efforts from both our varsity and sub-varsity squads if we wanted to be contenders in the team battle. Getting things started for the Amherst men was the Varsity squad that consisted of Mohamed Hussein, Dan Crowley, Jeff Seelaus, Raymond Meijer, Craig Nelson, Steven Lucey, and Tucker Meijer. This squad toed the crowded starting line shortly after noon and was focusing on a well-positioned start across the opening field. Once the starter's pistol cracked, they were off successfully--immediately, the duo of Mo and Crowley positioned themselves well in the front pack. Not too far behind was Steven Lucey leading the quartet of Seelaus, Nelson, and the Meijer brothers. Despite the large and deep field, the early pace was relatively conservative for Open New England Champs and Mo remained patient in the lead pack of runners. He was pulled through the first two miles with the leaders in 9:50, while Crowley passed through in just under 10:00. Behind him was Steven coming through around 10:10. The strong quartet was working well together and was right off Lucey, as they hit the first two miles in about10:15. As the race exited the Wilderness and approached 5k, Mohamed was still biding his time and Crowley was beginning to zero in on the lead pack. Also at this time in the race, the Amherst quartet met up with Lucey and began their quest for home. After leaving the Wilderness for the last time and approaching the final ascent of Bear Cage Hill, Mohamed and Bobby Allen of UMass Lowell pulled away from the rest of the field to battle for victory. In the end, Mo hung tough over the final 800m to take a terrific 2nd-place finish and put up a fantastic time of 24:29. While Mo’s 2nd-place finish tied the best individual finish at Opens in program history (R. Mitchell, 1998). Not to be outdone, Dan Crowley came powering home to cross the line in an awesome time of 24:55 and 10th place overall. The next Amherst runner across the finish would be Craig Nelson, who made a strong move over the final 2k and ran 25:30 to take 40th place. Rounding out the scoring five, Raymond Meijer took 60th place in a time of 25:40 and behind him was his brother, Tucker, who finished in 25:47 and 71st place. The final Amherst harriers both dipped under 26:00, as Jeff Seelaus ran 25:48 for 75th and Steven Lucey took 80th running 25:51. After waiting some time to receive the final team scores, we eventually found ourselves finishing 2ndoverall with 171 points and a terrific team average of 25:16. This certainly trumped the previous best team finish of 6th place in 2008 and also served as a great motivator for the sub-varsity squad racing shortly after the varsity race.

Looking to build off the excellent performance of the varsity squad, the sub-varsity guys wasted little time and put themselves in prime position at the front half of the race. Leading the charge from the gun for the sub-v guys were Justin Barry, Cosmo Brossy, and Scott Nelson. This trio got out just over 5:00 in the first mile and a few ticks behind them were Jack Wesley and Kristian Sogaard in about 5:05. Shortly before the 5k mark, Cosmo and Scott began to pull away from Justin. Justin lost little ground as he hung tough and soon after he had a hard-charging Jack Wesley working alongside him in the later stages. After being side by side for the entire race, Cosmo pulled away from Scott coming down Bear Cage Hill and crossed the line in an impressive time of 25:55 and 6th place overall. Probably throwing down his best collegiate performance, Scott was not too far behind in a time of 26:04 to take 12th place. Moving extremely well in the final 2K, Jack Wesley put up another great performance of 26:09 and 18th place overall. Jack Barry, also having himself an excellent race and finishing right behind Wesley, clocked in at 26:12 for 20th place. The final scorer for the sub-v squad was Sogaard, who battled well throughout the race and finish up in a very fine time of 26:15 to take 23rd. Once those five Amherst runners crossed the line, Kevin Dooley was next and he threw down a terrific time of 26:45 for 63rd. After Dooley, Peter Horton and Chris Butko hammered home to just dip under 27:00, as they clocked in at 26:54 and 26:57 respectively. Kicking together in the final stretch and both putting up big PRs, Jesse Fajnzylber would finish in 27:02 and Cole Hawkins was right behind in 27:04. The next Amherst harriers to cross the finish would be Zack Grand in 27:24 and first year, Jacob Silverman in a time of 27:27. The sub-varsity crew would be rounded by Aaron Zambrano in 27:33, Jack Malague in 27:39, and Ermias Kebede running 28:27 for his first collegiate 8k.

Following in similar footsteps to the varsity squad, the sub-varsity squad put on an excellent display of our current depth and in the end walked away with 2nd place overall. Their performance was certainly a fitting way to wrap up a very strong day for the program. After all was said and done, we had eight guys dip under 26:00, finished as the top D3 team in both races, and racked up a slew of new personal bests. In choosing the Runner of the Meet, it was quite a challenge as so many guys had some stellar performances and while we came up with three, we easily could have doubled that number if not gone even higher and hopefully will have an equally tough decision in our next race! With the weekend over and Step 3 complete, it’s now time to turn our attention to the ever important Little 3 Championship this Saturday at home. This is a meet that has been circled on the calendar by many for a long time, and we will be looking to end the current win streak by Williams College. It won’t be an easy task, but if we can perform as we did at Opens, the Jeffs will be a tough team to beat.