February 28, 2005
BOSTON, MA - Sophomore All-America Shauneen Garrahan's (Fairfax Station, VA) first-place finish in the mile and junior All-America Ginger Polich's (Ironwood, MI) fifth-place showing in the 800-meter run paced the Amherst College women's indoor track and field team to a 10th-place finish, while the men, led by senior All-America Jack Morgan (Las Vegas, NV), took 29th at the Open New England Championships, held at Boston University over the weekend.
Garrahan tore through the mile in a school-record 4:49.98, qualifying automatically for the NCAA Championships, while Polich captured a school record and an NCAA provisional qualifier in the 800-meter run with a blazing time of 2:15.61. Senior Lee-Jay Henry (Springfield, MA), juniors Julia Rucker (Minneapolis, MN) and Lyndsey Scott (West Orange, NJ) and sophomore Hannah Campbell (Garnerville, NY) added a third school record in the 4x400-meter dash (4:01.31), placing 13th, while Campbell and Henry took 20th and 23rd, respectively, in the 55-meter dash and 55-meter hurdles. Senior All-America Carter Hamill (Richmond, VA) placed fourth in the 3,000-meter run (9:37.71), while first-year Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) took 10th in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:57.75.
In the men's meet, Morgan grabbed eighth place and qualified provisionally for the NCAA Championships in the 800-meter run, speeding through the line in 1:53.23, while senior All-America Michael Page (Fargo, ND) took eighth in the 3,000-meter run (8:31.88). Sophomore John Babbott (Ojai, CA) grabbed 15th place in the 800-meter run (1:56.10), senior Matt Katz (Tallahassee, FL) took 19th in the mile (4:20.24), and sophomore Sam Hayman (Evanston, IL) and first-year Rom Cabeza (Enfield, CT) joined Babbott and Morgan to capture sixth place (7:48.17) in the 4x800-meter relay.
Both teams return to action this Friday at the Trinity Last Chance Meet, held at Yale University.
Amherst Women 10th, Men 29th at Open New England Indoor Track Championships
February 28, 2005