Amherst Women Second, Men Third at Little Three Outdoor Track & Field Championships

April 25, 2005 

AMHERST, MA - Paced by junior All-America Ginger Polich's (Ironwood, MI) first-place showing in the 800-meter run and classmate Krissy Morin's (Litchfield, NH) first-place performances in the high jump and javelin, the Amherst College women's outdoor track and field team placed second overall at the Little Three Championships, held at Amherst College on Saturday, while the men, led by Tomas Morrissey's (Astoria, OR) first-place finish in the 5,000-meter run, placed third. Williams College captured both the men's and women's team titles. 

Morin also took fourth place in both the 100-meter hurdles and the shot put and placed seventh and eighth in the 200-meter dash and the long jump, respectively. Senior All-America Carter Hamill (Richmond, VA) grabbed second place in the 1,500-meter run and fifth place in the 800-meter run, while sophomore Maria Millard (Orono, ME) took second in the high jump and posted fourth-place finishes in both the 400-meter hurdles and javelin throw. Sophomore Hannah Campbell (Garnerville, NY) and senior Alison Rodriguez (Albany, NY) captured second place in the 100-meter dash and the 3,000-meter steeplechase, respectively, while senior Lee-Jay Henry (Springfield, MA) took third, fourth and seventh in the triple jump, long jump, and 100-meter hurdles. Rodriguez also added a seventh-place showing in the 400-meter hurdles. Junior Margaret Davis (Richmond, VA) placed third in the 5,000-meter run, while classmate Nzingha Tyehemba (New York, NY) finished third in the 400-meter hurdles and fifth in the 100-meter hurdles. Sophomore All-America Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) and first-years Katie Moravec (Chico, CA) and Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) took fourth place in the 800-meter run, the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000-meter run, respectively. Junior Julia Rucker (Minneapolis, MN) placed fourth in the 400-meter dash and fifth in the triple jump, sophomore Keyonte Sutherland (Brooklyn, NY) grabbed a pair of fifth-place finishes in the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash, and first-year Laura Mortimer (Jackson, MS) finished fifth in the 5,000-meter run, triple jump and 400-meter dash, respectively. Rucker, Sutherland, Henry and Garrahan teamed to capture first in the 4x400-meter relay, while the 4x100-meter relay squad of Campbell, Henry, Rucker and Sutherland took second. 

On the men's side, senior All-America Jack Morgan (Las Vegas, NV) and junior L.J. Spinnato placed second in the 400-meter dash and the hammer throw, respectively, while senior All-America Mike Page (Fargo, ND), sophomore All-America Sam Hayman (Evanston, IL), junior Tim Porter (Newton, MA) and sophomore Rob Boley (Mount Pleasant, MI) took third place in the 1,500-meter run, 400-meter dash, 400-meter hurdles and 3,000-meter steeplechase, respectively. Page and Boley added fifth- and sixth-place finishes in the 400-meter hurdles, while Boley also tied for second in the high jump. Senior Jay Wagstaff (Tewksbury, MA) took third in the triple jump, fifth in the high jump and sixth in both the 100-meter dash and the long jump, while sophomore Jon Ettinger (Bethesda, MD) placed fourth in the triple jump, sixth in the 200-meter dash and seventh in both the 100-meter dash and long jump. Sophomore Richard Wilson and first-year Ben Read (Barkhamsted, CT) grabbed fourth place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the high jump, while classmates Cooper Knowlton (Montclair, NJ) and All-America John Babbott (Ojai, CA) took fifth and sixth in the 5,000-meter run and the 800-meter run, respectively. Sophomore Ryan Smith (Wind Lake, WI) posted a fifth-place showing in the shot put, while junior Nick Canevari (Warwick, NY) finished sixth in the shot put, discus and javelin. Cabeza, Morgan and Hayman teamed with sophomore Geoff Stricsek to take second in the 4x400-meter relay, while the 4x100-meter relay squad of Stricsek, Ettinger, Hayman and Wagstaff also placed second. 

Amherst returns to action this weekend at the NESCAC Championships, held at Colby College, while a small contingent of Amherst runners will compete on Thursday night at the Penn Relays, held at the University of Pennsylvania.