Eight school records fell as both men's and women's track and field came home with 6th place finishes at NESCACs. Amherst earned the title of NESCAC champion six times behind three individuals and two relay teams who clocked two NCAA qualifying times.
Sophomore Rob Mitchell (Worcester, VT) was named the Male Athlete of the Meet for the second straight year as he won two events and anchored two championship relay teams. Mitchell took 1st place in the 800 (1:53.60) and the 1500 (3:59.64) and before anchoring Erick Hung (Orinda, CA), Jeffrey Willis (Kobe, Japan) and Allen Nunnally (Stoneham, MA) in the distance medley relay in a record-setting time of 10:07.61, almost two seconds faster than the previous Amherst best. Finishing out the weekend, Mitchell helped another team to victory as the 4x400 crew of Mike Hite (Buchhannon, WV), Hung, Willis and Mitchell came from behind to win the race and edge out Colby for a 6th place overall finish.
Captain Amanda Weiss (Larchmont, NY) clocked an NCAA qualifying time and broke her own school record with a 17:40.41 in the 5000 for 1st place. An hour later, she took 2nd in the 1500. Kate Rob (Montpelier, VT) tallied 4,053 points in the heptathlon for an NCAA berth as she also took down her record of 3,801 points set last year. Rookie Nicole Campbell (Brooklyn, NY) broke not only the freshman record in the triple jump, but also set a new school best with a 36'05.5 showing, just 1 cm shy of NCAA standards.
Two records also fell in the men's steeplechase. Jon Prokup (Allentown, PA) took 3rd with a 9:34.61 finish, over two seconds faster than the 1993 best. Mike Morris (New City, NY) claimed 9th place with a 9:56.47 finish to re-set last year's freshman record, a 10:12.92 set by Prokup.
Last Week: NESCACs, 6th place (women: 72 points, men: 77 points)
This Week: Fri-Sat May 2-3 Women's New England Div IIIs at Tufts
Sat May 3 Men at Springfield College