May 23, 2005
SPRINGFIELD, MA - The Amherst College women's outdoor track and field team posted a sixth-place finish at the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championships, hosted by Springfield College over the weekend, while the men's squad finished 28th. Sophomore All-America Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) and first-year Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) captured individual championships for the women, and senior Jack Morgan (Las Vegas, NV) earned a second-place finish for the men.
Garrahan led a one-two placing in the 1,500-meter run, finishing in 4:36.24, just .04 seconds ahead of All-America teammate Carter Hamill (Richmond, VA). Wilson earned provisional qualification to the NCAA Championships in the 10,000-meter run, crossing the line in 37:20.50, and senior teammate Alison Rodriguez (Albany, NY) came in eighth at 39:17.80. Juniors Ginger Polich (Ironwood, MI) and Margaret Davis (Richmond, VA) claimed seventh- and eighth-place finishes in the 800-meter and 5,000-meter runs, respectively, while senior co-captain Lee-Jay Henry (Springfield, MA) grabbed fifth in the triple jump, ninth in the long jump and 10th in the 100-meter hurdles.
Morgan finished the 800-meter run in 1:53.95, missing NCAA provisional qualification by just .35 seconds. Classmate Mike Page (Fargo, ND) took home seventh in the 1,500-meter run, finishing in 3:58.22.
Page, Hamill and Garrahan have already qualified for next weekend's NCAA Championship meet, hosted by Wartburg (Iowa) College, as Page will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Hamill is slotted for the 5,000- and 10,000-meter runs and Garrahan will race in the 1,500- and 5,000-meter runs and the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Davis and Wilson await word of qualification in the 10K, and Henry hopes to qualify in the triple jump. Full NCAA Championship fields and seedings will be announced later tonight and can be found here NCAA Championship Field.