Track & Field Ready to Roll in 2003-04

December 3, 2003 

2002-03 - A LOOK BACK 
Both the men's and women's programs experienced great success throughout their 2002-03 campaigns. The women's distance medley relay team of senior Kate Hamill, sophomore Carter Hamill and first years Lyndsey Scott and Jessamyn Conell-Price combined to earn All-America honors and set a school record with a seventh-place finish at the NCAA Indoor Championships. As an individual, Carter Hamill earned sixth place in the 5k at the Indoor Nationals, and went on to cap a remarkable sophomore season with fourth- and fifth-place showings in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races, respectively, running the 10th and eighth fastest times ever for a Division III woman at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. At the New England Indoor Championships, the 4x800 team of Kate Hamill, Conell-Price, first-year Ginger Polich and senior Laurel Kilgour grabbed a second-place finish, becoming the first team to dip under the 9:20-barrier and shattering the school record by nearly eight seconds. The 4x800 squad went on to win the outdoor title at the Division III New England Championships. Several other school records fell during the course of the year: Scott nabbed the indoor high jump record; the 4x400 team of Scott, Conell-Price, first-year Ariel Haney and Kate Hamill broke the indoor record; Carter Hamill added a handful of records to her already impressive resume; Polich set the freshman record in the 400-meter hurdles; and first-year Krissy Morin established a freshman record in the heptathlon. Junior Erinn White qualified for the NCAA National Championships in the 5000-meters, while first-year Margaret Davis narrowly missed qualifying in the 10,000-meters for the same meet. Senior Ali Dimon earned All-New England and All-ECAC honors in the 10k, and sophomore Alison Rodriguez significantly lowered her best steeplechase marks and earned All-New England honors in the process. 

The men also achieved great success. Most notably, the 4x800 relay squad of sophomores Jack Morgan and Dave Molina and juniors John Stanton-Geddes and Andy Schneider combined to shatter a 16-year old school record with a runner-up finish at the New England Championships. Sophomore Mike Page had a breakthrough outdoor season as he won the 5000-meter event at the ECAC Championships, earning All-New England honors and qualifying for NCAA National Championships in the 5k. Junior Janak Chandrasoma ran away with All-New England honors and narrowly missed breaking the 22-second barrier in the 200. Stanton-Geddes, Molina, Morgan and Schneider posted fast times and garnered All-New England honors in the mid-distance events. First-year Ngai Otieno battled injuries during the season but showed he may be one of the top sprinters and jumpers in the region. The short and long relays were especially successful, with sophomores Jay Wagstaff, Joaquin Walker and Nathaniel Mahlberg and senior Brian Hart being the primary contributors. First-year Nick Canevari and sophomore Brad Backus added depth to the throwing events, while junior Julius Nanna lowered his best marks in the triple jump. Sophomore Matt Katz had a breakthrough season, making big improvements in the distance events. 

2003-04 - A LOOK AHEAD 
The men are primed for success this season, as they return nearly all of last year's team and every one of their championship meet scorers. The program will also be bolstered by a crop of talented newcomers. Senior tri-captain Janak Chandrasoma will lead a strong squad of sprinters, which includes juniors Jay Wagstaff and Joaquin Walker, and sophomores Ngai Otieno and twins James and Julius Seltzer. Senior tri-captain Andy Schneider will look to improve upon his best season yet and will be counted on to lead what may be the strongest component of the team, the middle-distance group, consisting of All-New England juniors Jack Morgan and Dave Molina, as well as newcomer Sam Hayman. ECAC Champion and NCAA qualifier Mike Page will look to improve upon his outstanding sophomore year and aim to qualify for the NCAA Championship 5k event. Page and All-New England senior John Stanton-Geddes will lead a young distance crew comprised of junior Zeke Phillips, sophomore Dave Schreiner and first years Cooper Knowlton, Nate Freese and Brandt Tullis. Sophomore Nick Canevari and junior Brad Backus should improve dramatically in the throwing events and will be counted on to score big at the championship meets. Junior Nathaniel Mahlberg returns from an injury that last year limited his hurdling, and will look to reclaim his position as one of the region's top hurdlers. Senior tri-captain Julius Nanna will look to continue his steady improvement in the jumps, and should get plenty of support from Otieno, senior Paul Whiting and first year Jon Ettinger. 

The women will look to continue their success despite the graduation of several key performers. The squad will be bolstered by both newcomers and the continued improvement its younger members, and will aim to reach the NCAA Championships in both individual and relay events. 2002 Indoor National Champion Carter Hamill '05 will look to reclaim her title and add to her collection of eight All-American awards. NCAA Qualifier Erinn White '04 will look to make the trip to nationals in the 5,000, and will receive support in the distance events from sophomores Margaret Davis and Jenny Horowitz. Senior tri-captains Aly Venti and Helen Dole, along with sophomores Ginger Polich and Jessamyn Conell-Price, will be the strength of the middle-distance area, and will also rely on the strength of talented newcomers Leigh Rivlin and Shauneen Garrahan. Garrahan, a former national-level high school steeplechaser, will look to make a huge impact in the collegiate steeplechase event. She'll be joined by All-New England junior Alison Rodriguez. Junior tri-captain Monica Westin will lead the sprint crew, and the return of junior Lee-Jay Henry from injury, combined with continued success from sophomores Lyndsey Scott, Ariel Haney, Julia Rucker and Krissy Morin, should allow the sprinters to rack up points at the championship meets. First-years Keyonte Sutherland and Hanna Campbell should add a great deal of speed to the sprint group and will have an immediate impact in both individual and relay events.