2016 DIII New England's

At Springfield, May 7-7th

Team score - 9th with 28 points


Full Results

Event Name
5000m Jeff Seelaus
10,000m Craig Nelson
10,000m Cosmo Brossy
800m Steven Lucey
800m Chris Butko
5000m Jack Wesley
100m Aziz Khan
800m Vernon Espinoza
100m Thomas Matthew
800m Jesse Fajnzylber
400m David Ingraham
TJ Khalil Flemming
1500m Kristian Sogaard
200m Aziz Khan
4x4 Ingraham 52
Sogaard 51.5
Butko 49.5
Espinoza 49.7



Meet Recap:

Performers of the Meet: Steven Lucey, Craig Nelson and Jeff Seelaus

It was relatively wet, cold, and dreary weekend in New England, but that did little to deter a majority of the Amherst squad from chasing after fast times and competing extremely well at the D3 New England Championship at Springfield College. Getting the ball rolling on Friday evening was the sprint duo of Thomas Matthew and Aziz Khan. As the rain fell and temperatures hovered in the mid 50’s, we weren’t necessarily set up for the most ideal day of sprinting. Though both Matthew and Khan would shoot out of the blocks nicely and post respectable times of 11.41 and 11.46. Aziz would return to the track on Saturday afternoon and posted another solid performance of 22.96 in the 200m. Later into the night on Friday, we would have Cosmo Brossy and Craig Nelson take to the track for their first real outing in the 10,000. Staying true to the nature of a championship meet/race, the pace would be quite the pedestrian through out the first half. This didn’t bother Craig or Cosmo in the slightest and two sat quite comfortably in the lead pack. As the race passed the halfway mark in 16:15, Craig would take control of the race shortly there after and begin to ratchet down the pace. Eventually the lead pack would dwindle down to Craig, Cosmo, and a few competitors from MIT. At a half mile to go, Craig would break with a MIT runner and the two would duke it out over the last two laps. In the end, Craig hung tough and grabbed 2nd overall running a very solid 31:30.43. Cosmo also turned in an excellent performance and finished 5th running 31:41.96.

A little less than twenty-four hours later and we were back at the Springfield track for another day of action. Starting off our final day would be first year, Kristian Sogaard in the 1500m. Competing well for a majority of the race, Kristian would just miss dipping under 4:00 for the first time, but still picked up a new PR of 4:00.17. Next up on the track for Amherst would be a very solid crew in the 800m. In the first section of three, Jesse Fajnzylber and Vernon Espinoza would be eager to set the tone for their teammates. It would be a fast pace from the gun, but both Vernon and Jesse handled it well and they were rewarded for their efforts. Vernon clocked in just off his lifetime best and ran 1:56.31, while Jessed PRed by almost a second and ran 1:56.70. Motivated by the efforts of his teammates in the first section, Steven Lucey would also get out hard and just never look back. Despite struggling last week at NESCACs, Lucey bounced back in a big way to run a fantastic PR of 1:52.63 and eventually finish 6th overall. Looking to go big for the second straight weekend, Chris Butko was our final competitor and going up some stiff competition in the fastest section of the day. He handled himself quite well over the two laps and crossed the line in a very fine 1:52.71. Meanwhile on the triple jump runway, Khalil Flemming closed out his career with a mark of 12.30m to finish 19th overall. Nearing the end of the day, Jeff Seelaus and Jack Wesley would toe the line in the 5,000m and chase after fast times in a strong competitive field. Sitting at the front of the pack for the entire race, Jeff would go on to take a very respectable 2nd place with a new PR of 14:57.20. Jack Wesley also turned out a terrific performance to close out his season with a new PR of 15:22.28 with both guys doing a great job of racing those that were around them. The final event of the day for the squad would be the 4x4 relay and we would have David Ingraham, Kristian Sogaard, Chris Butko, and Vernon Espinoza, all run very well to get take 6th place with a season best time of 3:22.75 – with both Vernon and Butko dipping under 50 seconds for their splits. At the end of the day, we would have numerous PRs and very strong season ending performances. The guys efforts of the two days would also result in a 9th place team finish with a total of 28 points. As a few guys will now begin to take some well-deserved time off, a handful will be back on the starting this Friday and Saturday at the Open New England Championship in New Haven, CT.