Jeffs Shine at Williams Relays

April 11, 2004 

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - Sophomore Margaret Davis (Richmond, VA) captured first place in the 10,000-meter run and junior All-America Carter Hamill (Richmond, VA) took home two second-place finishes in her second duel-race performance in as many weeks to lead the Amherst College women's track and field team at the Williams Relays, held at Williams College this past Saturday. Junior All-America Jack Morgan (Las Vegas, NV) led the men with his first-place finish in the 800-meter run. 

Hamill, a two-time indoor national champion in the 5k, placed second in the 1,500-meter run and narrowly missed victory in the 5,000-meter race, finishing just behind Caroline Cretti of Williams College. Hamill was one of four Amherst runners to finish in the top ten of the 1,500-meter run; she was followed by sophomore All-America Ginger Polich (Ironwood, MI), senior Aly Venti (Newton, MA), and junior Alison Rodriguez (Albany, NY), who finished sixth, eighth, and 10th, respectively. 

First-year and fellow All-America Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) grabbed second- and third-place finishes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 800-meter run, respectively, while sophomore All-America Ariel Haney (Fairport, NY) placed eighth in the 400-meter dash in her first race of the outdoor season. Sophomore All-America Lyndsey Scott (West Orange, NJ) posted a fourth place-finish in the high jump and fellow classmate Kristine Morin (Litchfield, NH) was one of four competitors to tie for seventh place in the same event. Garrahan, Scott, Polich and sophomore Julia Rucker (Minneapolis, MN) also teamed for a second-place showing in the sprint medley relay. 

For the men, junior All-Americas David Molina (Cleveland, OH) and Mike Page (Fargo, ND) took home second-place finishes in the 1500-meter run and the 5,000-meter run, respectively. Page also placed fourth in the 1500-meter run, and was followed by senior John Stanton-Geddes (Glendale, MO), who finished fifth. Sophomore David Schreiner (Manhattan Beach, CA) and first-year Nathaniel Freese (Turnbridge, VT) placed fifth and eighth, respectively, in the 5k, while sophomore John Babbott (Ojai, CA) claimed fourth in the 800-meter run and senior All-America Janak Chandrasoma (Pasadena, CA) captured fifth place in the 400-meter dash. 

Sophomore Nick Canevari (Warwick, NY) placed fifth in the javelin throw, and fellow classmate LJ Spinnato (Madison, CT) grabbed ninth place in the hammer throw. Canevari, first-year Ryan Smith (Muskego, WI), and Spinnato also finished eight, ninth, and tenth in the shot put. 

The Amherst men boasted two first-place relay teams as well as Chandrasoma, Molina, junior Jay Wagstaff (Tewksbury, MA) and Jon Ettinger (Chevy Chase, MD) won the sprint medley relay and Stanton-Geddes, Babbott, Morgan and sophomore Tim Porter (Newton, MA) took home the distance medley relay. 

Both Amherst squads return to Williamstown this Saturday to square off against rivals Williams College and Wesleyan University in the annual Little III Championships.