Amherst Coaches Run Strong at Hartford Marathon

October 17, 2006

HARTFORD, CT – While the Amherst College student body rested on Saturday afternoon, many of them choosing to watch their classmates sweep Colby College in field hockey, football, and both men’s and women’s soccer, a few members of the Amherst College coaching staff were doing something a little more pro-active. Amherst cross country head coach Eric “Ned” Nedeau and his wife, Amy, who happens to be the assistant coach at Amherst, competed in the Hartford Marathon alongside head men’s lacrosse coach Tom Carmean’s wife Seana.

Last summer Ned made the decision that, in addition to coaching the cross country teams and heading the indoor and outdoor track and field programs at Amherst College, he would like to complete a marathon and began training . The Nedeaus chose the Hartford Marathon because it was somewhat local to their home here in western Massachusetts, and it lined up with an off week in the Amherst cross country season.

Along side Carmean, who won the Philadelphia Marathon in 2004, they trained throughout the summer and fall. All three ran strong on the day, with Ned leading the trio, as he finished in 8th place overall in 2:30:48, a solid 5:46 pace for the 26.2 mile course, winning his age group, and was the first American runner to finish. Amy finished 30th overall, the 6th female across the line and third in her age group, coming home in 2:53:34. Perhaps most impressive on the day was Carmean, who was 16th overall and the 4th woman across the line in 2:45:22, which automatically qualifies her for the 2007 U.S. Trials, here second time qualifying.

At the end of what was a relaxing day in Amherst for the student body, three of their coaches finished in the top 30, all in the top three of their respective age groups.

While Carmean goes on to continue running marathons, the Nedeaus return to coaching the Lord Jeffs at the Little Three race this weekend at Amherst.