2009-10 Track & Field - A Look Back
Indoor Depth Women / Indoor Depth Men & Outdoor Depth Women / Outdoor Depth Men
The indoor and outdoor seasons were marked by outstanding performances from both an individual and a team perspective. Both teams captured Academic All-American honors as a virtue of having GPA's well above the necessary 3.10, and in addition, several individuals earned Academic-All American honors. The men arguably had one of their finest overall seasons in recent memory and captured 3rd place in the final USTFCCCA standing which tallies points based on finishes at the 3 National Championships, and awards the all-around showings in the championships. The men finished higher at the Championships meets in Indoors (4th at DIII New England's and 7th at Nationals) and Outdoors (4th at NESCAC and 10th at Nationals) then they have in the past 15 years, while also seeing numerous athletes receives accolades at the highest levels. Daniel Murner'10 earned All-American honors in both indoors and outdoors, and raced to not only school record times in the 5k and 10k but also posted the fastest times in the country in both of those events with his 14:24 and 29:45 clocking. Will Yochum'11 rose to prominence in the mile as he earned runner-up honors indoors at nationals and a 3rd place finish outdoors in the 1500 while classmate Steve Corsello'11 earned his first All-american honors indoors in the DMR (where he joined with Ben Scheetz'12, Tommy Moore'11 and Jimmy Swanson'10 to grab 5th) and then would finish 4th outdoors in the 1500. The relays had great success as the DMR ran 9:56 to break the school record while the 4x400 quartet of Scheetz, Moore, Andrew Reed'12 and Andre Gary'11 ran 3:18 to eclipse the indoor record and barely missed the outdoor mark while provisionally qualifying for NCAA's with their 3:16. Thebe Tsatsimpe, a soccer played hailing from South Africa, walked onto the team at the beginning of the season and would finish the season by earning All-american honors in the long jump and is only a few centimeters short of breaking school records in the long and triple jumps. Spencer Russell earned valuable points at the championship meets in the hurdles, and like Thebe, is quickly closing on on some of the school records in the hurdling events.
The women, while not sharing the same team success as the men, had great showings as well and some significant individual performances at all levels of competition. Melissa Sullivan, capitalizing on her success from the fall became one of the country's top milers as she earned All-American honors with her 4th place finish Indoors, and then was a finalist at the outdoor championships. Sophie Galleher added a NESCAC title to her collection of accolades and then earned NCAA qualifying marks in the 5k and Steeplechase, while first year Ali Simeone hit the NCAA standard with her 17:40 run in he 5k indoors. Mary Doris Reggie'10 who has always been a rock as a member of numerous relay teams had a huge break through in her outdoor season in which she saw her 800 time drop from a 2:19 from the indoor season all the way down to a 2:12 and ran at the Outdoor nationals - just missing the finals by a mere place. Senior Hoiwan Cheung and junior Susie Wasserman contributed greatly to the success both in their individual races as well as on the various relays. Sarah Daly'13 seemed to get stronger as the season progressed and would be just outside the NCAA mark in the 10k while several other runners saw some great improvement throughout the season including Keri Lambert in the steeplechase, Lauren Almeida in the mid-distance events and Abby Hopper in the 10k. Jordan Roehl'12 took down three school records - the first being in the indoor season with the 20 pound weight, and then outdoors in the both the hammer and the shot put as she threw some bombs to establish herself as one of the top throwers to represent Amherst. Jess Meuller'13 anchored the jumping events and showed nice improvements as she hit some big PR marks in both the high, long and triple jumps.
2010-11 Track & Field - A Look Ahead
The women will lose the services, leadership and championship points of several graduated runners and will certainly feel the effects and impact of those losses fro both an individual standpoint but also from relay teams. Melissa Sullivan - an All-American in the miler will be looked on to build upon her sophomore season success and keep climbing the ranks of the country's top milers while Lauren Almeida'13 and Eliza Schalch'12 should help bolster the mid-distance group. Sophomore classmates Ali Simeone (NCAA qualifier in the 5k as a first year), Sarah Daly, Keri Lambert will help lead the distance / steeplechase corp and will get a strong boost from the return (abroad last track season) of seniors Hallie Schwab and Christina Wong as well as Abby Hopper'13, Kristen Moulton'13, Elodie Reed'13 and Laura Zaccagnino'12. Senior Captain Susie Wasserman and Zoe Pagonis will be a strong force in the sprints and intermediate hurdles, as well as bolstering relays. Jordan Roehl'12 and Chi Uwakaneme'11 should see even bigger improvements in the throwing events. Several first years could have an immediate impact, as sprinters Beth Hall, Jaya Tripathi and Shyloe Jones; hurdler / jumper Naomi Bates; high jumper Nora Gayer and middle and long distance runners Bridget Bennet, Tory Sosnowski, Jasia Kaulbach, Angie Epifano and Brooke Kirkham all should make a strong contribution to the program.
The men will be hit hard by graduation and lose the leadership and championship experience of a big group of seniors but will still return some significant depth and talent. The All-American 1500 duo of Will Yochum and Steve Corsello should continue to build on last years success and will be looking to challenge for a National title in both individual events as well as potentially in the DMR. Ben Scheetz'12 raced at nationals in the 400 and ran 1:51 in the 800 shortly after the season and will look to become a major force at the national level as an individual and relay runner. The record setting 4x400 relay will return all of its runners and will be looking to run well under the current records and be shooting for All-American accolades. Thebe Tstastimpe who had walked on to the program last fall has established himself as one the country's best jumpers - earning All-American honors in the long jump - will look to build on that success of his first year and should challenge for a National Championship as well as bolstering the depth of the sprints. Sophomores Adron Pitmon and Patrick Grimes should have a huge impact in the middle distance events while the distance events will be bolstered by Andrew Erskine'13, Dillon Buckley'13 and seniors John McGrail and Travis Cohoon. Senior captains Tommy Moore and Andre Gary will help lead a very strong sprinting group that also consists of Andrew Reed'12 and Ryan Drost'11, and short sprinters Sean Legister'11 along with sophomore Thomas Matthews and Landrus Lewis. Chris Eaton will be setting his sights on school records in the weight and hammer as he leads a group of throwers including Denzel Duncan who launched some throws in the discus last spring. Several first year athletes should contribute greatly to the success of the team as Matt Melton should make a big impact in the 400 / 800 events, Javier Paulino in the sprints and Gus Greenstein, Alvaro Morales, Kevin Heintz and Joe Nassirian in the middle or distance events.
The Coaching Staff
Erik "Ned" Nedeau - Mid/Long Distance, Steeplechase, Jumps, and High Hurdles
Steve Shashy enters his second year working with the program, after having been a Two-year captain for the track team before graduating from Amherst in 2008 with a degree in English. While at Amherst, Steve was a 4x Academic All-NESCAC performer while competing in the 400 and in the discus and javelin throws. Steve returned to his Alma Mater after spending a year in NYC doing investment banking. He has been responsible for the training of both the short sprinters as well as the throwers in the program, while also implementing the lifting and off-season conditioning programs for the the entire program. In addition, he works as the recruiting coordinator for the track & field program. In addition to working with the program, he is also working for a local environmental consulting firm - Biodrawversity - where he does both field research and scientific report writing and editing. In just his first year, he helped guide a Long Jumper to All-American status while also seeing several school records fall in the throwing events.
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