Jeffs Smash Four School Records at Trinity Last Chance Meet

March 7, 2005 

NEW HAVEN, CT - The Amherst College men's and women's track and field teams combined for four first-place finishes, four school records and four national qualifiers at the Trinity Last Chance Meet, held at Yale University on Friday. 

The men's distance medley relay squad of senior All-Americas Mike Page (Fargo, ND) and Jack Morgan (Las Vegas, NV) and sophomores John Babbott (Ojai, CA) and Sam Hayman (Evanston, IL) sped to a school-record 10:00.54, placing second and punching their ticket to the NCAA Championships. In the open mile, senior Matt Katz (Tallahassee, FL) took ninth in 4:21.93. 

On the women's side, senior All-America Carter Hamill (Richmond, VA), junior All-America Ginger Polich (Ironwood, MI), and first-year Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) took home first-place finishes in the open mile, 600-meter run and the 5,000-meter run, respectively. Hamill cracked five minutes in the mile (4:59.39), qualifying provisionally for nationals, while Polich's time in the 600-meter run (1:36.19) set a school record. Sophomore All-America Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) grabbed a school record and an NCAA automatic qualifier with a second-place showing in the 800-meter run, covering the track in 2:13.81, while senior Lee-Jay Henry (Springfield, MA) posted a school record (8.74) with a sixth-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles. Sophomore Hannah Campbell (Garnerville, NY) took eighth in the 200-meter run and joined Hamill, Polich and Garrahan to capture first place and an NCAA provisional qualifier (11:58.85) in the distance medley relay. Junior Lyndsey Scott (West Orange, NJ) placed 16th in the 200-meter run. 

Both squads wrap up their seasons this weekend at the NCAA Division III Championships, held at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois.