Hamill, Garrahan Claim National Titles; Women Fifth at NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

May 28, 2005 

WAVERLY, IA - Senior Carter Hamill (Richmond, VA) won her fifth individual national championship with a time of 34:00.43 in the 10,000-meter run, and sophomore Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) followed suit with a national title in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, as the Amherst College women's track and field team finished fifth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, hosted by Wartburg College on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

Hamill singed the 10,000-meter field - and second-place finisher Caroline Cretti of Williams College - by more than a minute in just the second time she's run the event this season, shattering a stadium record and turning in the season's best time in Division III in the process. She won the National Championship last year as well, but shaved two minutes off her time from 2004. 

"This feels really great," said Hamill. "It was a little tough not having someone out there to push me. I felt like I was running by myself most of the race. This was only my second time running the 10K this year. The first time was about a month ago. My nerves were really getting to me before the race because of it. This one was awfully special because it was my last one, and I got my PR doing it." 

Amherst junior Margaret Davis joined Hamill in the 10,000-meter finals and placed 14th with a time of 37:56.86. Hamill also turned in a second-place showing at 5,000 meters later in the meet, crossing the tape at 16:39.02. 

Meanwhile, Garrahan's winning steeplechase time of 10:33.21 shattered a stadium record, giving her a four-second margin of victory for her first collegiate national title. 

"I just wanted to relax and race and get in a good position," said Garrahan. "I have a lot of speed in the 1,500, so I planned on making my kick with 400 to go, and that's what I did. I tried to stay relaxed, focused, and keep within striking range. I knew she (defending champion and Division III record holder Julia Rudd of Wisconsin-La Crosse) was a really good runner and I was feeling good coming out of the (water) pit on the second lap with lot of momentum. I decided to go from there, versus going with 400 to go, and just give it my all. Last year, she (Rudd) put in a really good move with about three laps to go, and she was able to gap me then. I knew with about two or three laps to go, I had to focus on sticking with her because last year she was able to pull away." 

Garrahan also placed seventh in the 1,500 (4:34.19) and 10th in the 5k (17:17.16), while Amherst senior Mike Page (Fargo, ND) finished fourth in the men's steeplechase at 9:11.47, and senior Lee-Jay Henry (Springfield, MA) catapulted her way to a seventh-place showing in the triple jump at 38-8 1/2 

Amherst's women finished with 32 points overall. Host Wartburg claimed its first NCAA women's team title by the closest margin in event history (43-42/42 over Calvin and UW-Oshkosh).