WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Amherst College track & field teams traveled to Williams College Wednesday afternoon in search of clinching NCAA Qualifying marks at the annual Williams Final Qualifier meet.
The Mammoths return to action on Thursday, May 16 when select student-athletes travel to MIT for the MIT Last Chance meet.
- Sophomore Ella Rossa lined up in the blocks of the 100H Prelims in need of a personal best in order to secure a spot in the NCAA Championships. With the average last place national qualifying time being 14.50 seconds, Rossa ran smooth and relaxed through all 10 barriers and leaning at the line stopped the clock at 14.48, a personal best by 0.35 and a new school record.
- With a short turnaround of less than an hour for the finals, Rossa ran another solid race as she took third overall with 14.49 second mark.
- Rossa will wait patiently throughout the week as other last chance qualifier results trickle in – she currently sits in 15th out of the 22 spots awarded for the National Championship.
- First-Year Henry Buren also needed a personal best in the 100m dash to earn a spot in the national meet as his school record 10.80 sits just outside the top-20. Although he put together a great prelim and finals race, running 10.91 and 10.90 respectably, along with winning the event overall, his tremendously successful rookie campaign came to a close.
- In a unique turn of events Ryan Prenosil '21, the Mammoths' top 400m dash runner, decided to test his speed over 800m. With a two year long hiatus in the event, he joined seniors Kristian Sogaard and Jack Malague at the starting line. Coming out of retirement to help his teammates by setting the pace early, Malague executed the first 400m perfectly – stepping off the track as the 400m bell lap rang after 54.5 seconds. With just 150m to go both men made their final sprint shoulder to shoulder all the way to the line, with Sogaard edging Prenosil by 0.12 seconds to win the event. The pair clocked times of 1:52.63 and 1:52.75, respectively. Though it was not a personal best for the senior, it was however, a massive personal best by Prenosil. Both men will have to sweat out the next few days to see if they get the opportunity to compete at the National Championships.