Nine Mammoths Nab USTFCCCA All-America Honors

Nine Mammoths Nab USTFCCCA All-America Honors

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NEW ORLEANS, La. – Nine Mammoths are representing Amherst College indoor track & field as All-Americans after being tabbed by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for their stellar performances throughout the winter. 

Ella Rossa '21, Sarah Gayer '21 and Sophia Wolmer '23 clinched All-American honors for the women's program, while Troy Colleran '22, Nehemiah McGowan'21, and the distance medley relay quartet of Stanley Dunwell '20, Spencer Ferguson-Dryden '20, Billy Massey '21 and Ryan Prenosil '21 represent the men's track & field team as All-Americans.

Rossa, securing All-America status in the 60 meter hurdles, did so with her third record breaking performance of the season, with the junior earning her spot at nationals with a time of 8.85 seconds at regionals to earn a New England Individual title and the No. 12 seed. 

Both Gayer and Wolmer qualified for the national meet in the 3000 meter run to clinch All-America, with Gayer's time of 9:58.64 at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational landing as the 14th fastest time in Division III and Wolmer's mark of 10:00.63 at the New England Regionals slotting her as the 19th fastest in the nation.

A native of Boise, Idaho, Colleran secures the first All-American honor of his career after claiming his spot at the NCAA meet in the heptathlon as the No. 5 seed. Performing his best when it mattered most, the sophomore posted a career best 5048 points in the event at the New England Division III Indoor Championships to take gold and become a New England champion.

Twice breaking the school record in the 60 meter dash during the season, McGowan picks up All-American status for the first time after crossing the finish line in a blistering 6.89 seconds in the final meet before nationals to record the 14th fastest time in the event in the nation. 

Notching a time of 10:01.02 in the DMR at the National Qualifying Meet, Dunwell, Ferguson-Dryden, Massey and Prenosil locked up a NCAA appearance in the event as the No. 5 seed -  the third consecutive year that the men's team would have sent a distance medley relay group to the indoor national meet. 

Normal policies dictate that student-athletes must finish inside the top-8 in their respective individual events or relays at the national meet to earn All-America honors, however with the cancelation of the NCAA Championships due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was determined by the NCAA Division III Executive Committee that All-American status was to be conferred to all student-athletes that were selected as participants for the national championships initially announced by the NCAA on Sunday, March 8.

In total, 675 student-athletes from 161 different institutions were named USTFCCCA All-Americans.

STUDENT-ATHLETE EVENT  NCAA SEEDING
 Ella Rossa '21  60 Meter Hurdles  12th – 8.85
 Sarah Gayer '21  3000 Meters  14th – 9:58.64
 Sophia Wolmer '23  3000 Meters  19th – 10:00.63
     
 Troy Colleran '22   Heptathlon  5th – 5048
 Nehemiah McGowan '21  60 Meters  14th – 6.89
 Stanley Dunwell '20  Distance Medley Relay  5th – 10:01.02
 Spencer Ferguson-Dryden '20  Distance Medley Relay  5th – 10:01.02
 Billy Massey '21  Distance Medley Relay  5th – 10:01.02
 Ryan Prenosil '21  Distance Medley Relay  5th – 10:01.02

 

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