Amherst Indoor Track and Field Take Six Wins At Wesleyan Invitational

January 14, 2006 

MIDDLETOWN, CT – The Amherst College indoor track and field team took home six individual wins at the Wesleyan Invitation on Saturday afternoon, highlighted by a 1-2-3-4 finish in the women's 1-mile run. Sophomore Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) led the Amherst contingent in 5:20.42 as she bested the field for the first of her day's two victories. Rookie Zandra Walton (Skaneateles, NY) was right on her heels, finishing only .35 seconds later, while classmates Caitlin McDermott-Murphy (Newton, MA) and Nicole Anderson (Kailua, HI) placed third and fourth, respectively.

Wilson also found victory in the 800-meter run with her 2:28.44 finish, while her teammates also turned out excellent performances as first years Carly Levenson (Richmond, VA) and Kate Silverman (Upper Montclair, NJ) and sophomore Lauren Benson (Hamilton, NJ) took third, fifth, and sixth places. Senior co-captain Ginger Polich's (Ironwood, MI) 3:06.42 performance in the 1,000-meter run earned her a first-place spot, while Anderson and rookie Tovah Ackerman (Eden Prairie, MN) grabbed third and fourth. Sophomore Katie Moravec (Chico, CA) snatched the fourth victory for the women in the 3,000-meter run while first-year Liz Dalton (Wayne, PA) finished second. McDermott-Murphy and Walton raced to second and third place, respectively, in the 600-meter run, while fellow rookie Jenny Mancino (New York, NY) took home second in the high jump.

On the men's side, sophomore Mike Harbus (New York, NY) raced to an 8:58.82 first-place finish in the 3,000-meter run, leading teammates junior Rich Wilson (Columbus, OH), first-year Peter Foote (Shelburne, VT) and junior Robert Boley (Mount Pleasant, MI) who seized sixth, seventh and 11th for the Jeffs. The Amherst 4x400-meter relay team of senior tri-captain Tim Porter (Newton, MA), junior Sam Hayman (Evanston, IL) and sophomores Basile Beaty (Belmont, MA) and Rom Cabeza (Enfield, CT) crossed the tape at 3:32.87, good for the final Amherst victory of the day. Meanwhile, Beatty also took third in the 800-meter run and Hayman placed fourth in the 600-meter run. Rookie Nick Lynch (Kingston, Jamaica) grabbed second place in the long jump and third in the triple jump, while senior tri-captain Nick Canevari (Warwick, NY) took home second-place plaudits in the shot put.

The Jeffs return to action at the Tufts Invitational on Saturday, January 21 at 11 a.m.