February 22, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, MA & BRUNSWICK, ME - Four first-place finishes, including a meet record, propelled the Amherst women to a best-ever third-place finish on Saturday at the Division III New England Championships, hosted by MIT, while the men, led by junior Michael Page's (Fargo, ND) third-place finish and school record in the 5,000-meter run, placed ninth at the Division III New England Championships, hosted by Bowdoin College.
For the women, junior All-America Carter Hamill (Richmond, VA) dominated the 5,000-meter run, setting a new meet record with a time of 16:40.58 and besting the competition by more than 30 seconds. She also teamed with sophomore Ginger Polich (Ironwood, MI), senior Alyson Venti (Newton, MA), and first-year Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) to win the 4x800-meter relay. The Jeffs' distance medley relay team of Venti, Polich, Garrahan and sophomore Lyndsey Scott (West Orange, NJ) also took home a first-place finish, qualifying provisionally for the NCAA Championship meet with a time of 12:18.18. Garrahan won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 3:01.43 as well.
Other top individual performances included Venti's third-place finish in the 1,500-meter run, sophomore Ariel Haney's (Fairport, NY) fifth-place showing in the 400-meter dash, and Scott's sixth-place finish in the high jump. Haney and Scott also joined junior Lee-Jay Henry (Springfield, MA) and sophomore Julia Rucker (Minneapolis, MN) in picking up fifth in the 4x200-meter relay and sixth in the 4x400-meter relay.
On the men's side, Page finished the 5,000-meter run in 14.51.84, shattering a 20-year old school record and qualifying provisionally for the NCAA Championship Meet. Juniors David Molina (Cleveland, OH) and Jack Morgan (Las Vegas, NV), first-year John Babbott (Ojai, CA) and senior Andrew Schneider (Saratoga Springs, NY) teamed to capture first in the 4x800-meter relay; their time of 7:55.68 set a new facility record. Morgan and Schneider added fourth-place finishes in the 800-meter run and the 1000-meter run, respectively, and sophomore David Schreiner (Manhattan Beach, CA) placed sixth in the 3,000-meter run.
Both teams return to action this Friday and Saturday at the Open New England Championships, hosted by Boston University.
Amherst Indoor Track Teams Third, Ninth at New England Championships
February 22, 2004