Track Teams Set for 2004-05 Seasons

December 2, 2004 

2003-04 - A LOOK BACK 
The Amherst College women's track and field team is coming off one of the best seasons in program history, posting respective seventh- and sixth-place finishes at the NCAA Indoor and Outdoor Championships. The Jeffs also had unprecedented third-place finishes at both the Division III New England Indoor and Outdoor Championships - their best-ever showings at these meets. 

Carter Hamill added to her already phenomenal list of accomplishments, capturing her second and third national titles in the indoor 5k and the outdoor 10k, respectively. She helped pace the distance medley relay (DMR) team of Ariel Haney, Shauneen Garrahan and Ginger Polich to a second-place finish at the indoor national meet, earning All-America honors and setting a school record (11:52.48). She also garnered her 13th All-America award with a second-place showing in the 5k at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and posted victories in the 5k at the NESCAC Outdoor Championship (her time set a meet record) and the DIII New England Indoor and Outdoor Championships. She took home the 1,500-meter title at the Little Three Championships and the 3k title at the New England Open Indoor Championships as well and set school records in the indoor 1,500 (4:39.12), 3k (9:36.50), 5k (16:32.45) and outdoor 10k. 

Garrahan, meanwhile, had a stellar rookie campaign, earning All-America honors in the steeplechase and 5k at the NCAA Outdoor Championships and in the indoor DMR. She grabbed individual titles in the DIII New England outdoor steeplechase and the NESCAC outdoor 1,500-meter run, and she posted school records in the outdoor 1,500-meter run (4:32.73), the outdoor 800-meter run (2:15.73), the indoor 1,000-meter run (2:54.78) and the indoor mile (4:56.66). 

Senior Aly Venti qualified for both the indoor and outdoor national championships in the 5k and captured the NESCAC 10k title. Margaret Davis took home individual titles in the DIII New England 10k and the Little Three 5k, while Alison Rodriguez grabbed victory in the Little Three steeplechase and Haney won the 400-meter run at the DIII New England Outdoor Championships. Haney also set school records in the indoor 400-meter run (59.02) and tied for the indoor high jump school mark with Lyndsey Scott (5'2"). Scott teamed with Venti, Polich and Garrahan to take victory in the DMR at the DIII New England Indoor Championships, while Krissy Morin placed second in the heptathlon at the DIII New England Outdoor Championships. 

On the men's side, the DMR squad of Janak Chandrasoma, Dave Molina, Jack Morgan and Michael Page grabbed sixth place and All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships. Page broke a 20-year-old school record in the indoor 5k at the DIII New England Championships (14:51.84), qualifying provisionally for nationals. Both Molina and Morgan qualified provisionally for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, and Morgan captured the NESCAC title in the 800-meter run. Chandrasoma, Molina and Morgan teamed with John Stanton-Geddes to take home the DMR title at the NESCAC Championships, while Molina, Morgan, John Babbott and Andrew Schneider netted the 4x800 title at the DIII New England Indoor Championships, setting a facility record at Bowdoin College. 

2004-05 - A LOOK AHEAD 
With nearly all of last year's squad returning, the women set their sights on returning to the NCAA Championships. Three-time national champion, 14-time All-America and senior co-captain Carter Hamill and five-time All-America sophomore Shauneen Garrahan are among the nation's elite, while last year's second-place DMR squad aims for an NCAA title. Margaret Davis defends her DIII New England 10k title, and Krissy Morin and Ginger Polich look to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the heptathlon and the 800-meter run, respectively. Julia Rucker, Lyndsey Scott and Lee-Jay Henry look to have strong seasons in the sprint events, and Alison Rodriguez will lead the Amherst distance squad. The team is bolstered by newcomers Ellie Tarlow (sprints), Maria Millard (hurdles, jumps, multi-events) and Laura Mortimer, Kim Partee and Heather Wilson (distances). 

The men, despite the loss of All-America sprinter Janak Chandrasoma, will be a force this season. Senior All-Americans and co-captains Jack Morgan and Dave Molina look to make noise on the national scene in the middle-distance events, while Mike Page and Matt Katz aim to post national-level times in the distance events. Nick Canevari and L.J. Spinnato are a formidable pair in the throwing events, while Joaquin Walker, Tim Porter, Jon Ettinger and Geoff Stricsek lead the sprinters. John Babbott, Sam Hayman, Richard Wilson and Dan Fisher hold down the middle-distance races, and Cooper Knowlton, Brandt Tullis and Nate Freese pace the distance runners. Dan Kamen, Rom Cabeza, Mike Harbus and Tomas Morrissey will contribute in the middle distance and distance events in their inaugural campaigns.