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NCAA Mile Qualifier - Patrick Grimes'13

 

Headlines

For complete headlines of the outdoor season please click on the 2011 headlines link below

Ben Scheetz named Scholar-Athlete of the Year The USTFCCCA honored Junior Ben Scheetz as its Male Indoor Track & Field Track Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Full Story

The Big Show ACT&F wraps up the season at NCAA Championships in Columbus, Ohio Full Story

Heading out to NCAA's Ben Scheetz in the 800 and as part of the 4x400 Relay along with Tommy Moore, Andrew Reed and Matt Melton; Melissa Sullilvan in the 1500 advance to the NCAA's at Ohio Wesleyan Full Story

Scheetz earns NE Region Track Athlete of the Year The USTFCCA announced that Ben Scheetz was the New England Region Track Athlete of the Year for the outdoor season Full Story

Ben Scheetz Article in Lancaster PA Newspaper

USTFCCCA National Awards Junior Ben Scheetz honored as National Track Athlete of the Year! Full Story

The Big Dance Read about Amherst's exploits at the NCAA Championships, including one national champion! Full Story

USTFCCCA Region Awards Ben Scheetz was named the New England Men's Region Athlete of the Year, while Ned was named Men's Coach of the Year and John Adamson named Assistant Coach of the Year for the NE region. Full Story

Runnerspace.com Video Interview of Coach Ned by runnerspace.com guys Calvin and John as they tour the land watching track meets and talking wtih coaches, athletes and various programs along the way Part 1 and Part 2

2011 Headlines

 

Ben Scheetz'12 Indoor 800m National Champion

 

Most Recent Meets

NCAA Championships - May 26-28, 2011

 

There they were: four Lord Jeff men and one Lord Jeff woman in alternately stormy and sunny central Ohio at the NCAA championship meet, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University.  The competition stretched three days, with members of Amherst’s team competing on each day.  First, on Thursday, junior captain Melissa Sullivan set the tone for the team by running a personal best in the women’s 1500m run to qualify for Saturday’s finals.  Not to be outshined, later that evening, the men’s 4x400m relay squad comprising junior Andrew Reed, senior captain Tommy Moore, first year speedster Matt Melton, and junior ace Ben Scheetz ran to a PR and school record of their own, in 3:14.83, becoming the first Amherst team to ever run below 3:15.  However, valiant as their effort was, it was not enough to make finals, and they finished 11th of 16, besting their entering position as the 15th ranked team.  On Friday, Ben Scheetz returned to the track in the preliminaries of the 800m run, where he cruised to a 1:51 finish, second in his heat to qualify automatically for the finals without expending a great deal of energy.  On Saturday afternoon, Melissa Sullivan competed in the first of the Jeffs’ finals – the women’s 1500.  Sullivan powered through a physical first 200 meters of the race that saw elbows flying and one girl shoved to the inside of the track, and put herself in superb running position near the leaders with roughly 450 meters remaining.  However, the work it took to attain that position ultimately proved too exhausting, and Sullivan ultimately finished 9th, one place shy of All-American honors, though up from her 12th place finish in the same event a year ago.  The final Jeff to compete in the 2011 outdoor track and field season was none other than junior Ben Scheetz in the finals of the 800m run.  At the gun, Scheetz sprinted the initial turn, and it seemed as if he would attempt to run a blistering pace and lead wire-to-wire, though as the field came around the curve, Freedonia State’s Nick Guarino assumed control and slowed the pace to a pedestrian 56-mid through the quarter mile.  As Guarino and Scheetz rounded the third turn of the race, they established themselves far and away the leaders, running neck and neck down the back stretch and into the final turn.  Coming off the final turn though, Guarino demonstrated his strength with a kick that ultimately carried him to first place and Scheetz to second.  Though in some ways it proved a bittersweet weekend for the Jeffs, it seems that there was more sweet than bitter, so be sure to tune back in next December when the 2011-2012 season gets underway!

 


 

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December 2011!

 

All American 4x400 Relay - Andrew Reed'12 and Matt Metlon'14

 

 

Photos courtesy of Jon Moulton and Eliane Yochum