Amherst Indoor Track Teams Third, Ninth at New England Championships

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.