February 29, 2004
BOSTON, MA - The Amherst men's and women's indoor track teams set four school records and added a number of other outstanding performances over the weekend at the New England Open Championships, held at Boston University.
For the women, junior All-America Carter Hamill (Richmond, VA) captured first place in the 3,000-meter run - her fifth individual victory this season - and broke her own school record with a time of 9.36.50. Senior Aly Venti (Newton, MA), meanwhile, placed third; her time (9:49.15) ranks her second in the nation among Division III runners. First-year phenom Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) set a school record in the mile (4:56.66) with her fourth-place showing, qualifying provisionally for the NCAA Championships. Sophomore Ariel Haney (Fairport, NY) also set a school record with her time of 59.02 in the 400-meter dash.
Garrahan, Venti and Hamill teamed with sophomore Lyndsey Scott (West Orange, NJ) to take home sixth place in the distance medley relay and automatically qualify for the national championships; their time (11:58.97) narrowly missed besting the school record, set at last year's national meet. Garrahan, Hamill and Venti also joined sophomore Ginger Polich (Ironwood, MI) to take home sixth place in the 4x800-meter relay.
The distance medley squad of juniors Dave Molina (Cleveland, OH), Jack Morgan (Las Vegas, NV) and Mike Page (Fargo, ND) and senior Janak Chandrasoma (Pasadena, CA) led the way for the men, capturing sixth place, qualifying provisionally for the NCAA Championships and setting a new school record with their time of 10:04.46. Molina, Morgan, Page and senior John Stanton-Geddes (Glendale, MO) teamed to place ninth in the 4x800-meter relay, while Page also finished 10th in the 3,000-meter run. Page's time, the best among New England Division III runners thus far this season, was approximately five seconds short of breaking a six-year old school record.
The women finished the two-day meet 11th out of 31 teams - their best-ever finish at this meet- while the men placed 21st out of 30 teams. Both the University of Connecticut men's and women's squads captured the team championships.
Amherst's men and women return to action this Friday and Saturday at the ECAC Championships, hosted by Bowdoin College.