April 24, 2006
MIDDLETOWN, CT – The Amherst College women's outdoor track and field team posted a second-place finish at the Little Three Championships, hosted by Wesleyan University on Saturday, while the men brought home a third-place showing. Senior co-captain Ginger Polich (Ironwood, Michigan) highlighted the women's field, earning provisional qualification to the NCAA Championships, winning the 800-meter run in 2:15.21.
Junior Maria Millard (Orono, ME) grabbed wins in both the high jump and the 400-meter hurdles, while classmate Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) bested the field in the 5,000-meter run, finishing with an NCAA-provisional qualifying time of 17:42.50. Sophomore Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) finished right on Garrahan's heels to grab second in the 5,000-meter run, while rookie Elise Tropiano (Plainview, NY) won her steeplechase debut, besting the field by over 40 seconds. Senior co-captain Julia Rucker (Minneapolis, MN) raced to her best time of the season to finish fourth in the 400-meter dash, while rookie Zandra Walton (Skaneatles, NY) posted a third-place showing in the 1,500, just ahead of sophomores Kim Meg Ray (Menands, NY) and Kim Partee (Brentwood, TN), who finished fourth and fifth, respectively.
On the men's side, junior Rich Wilson (Columbus, OH) out-stretched senior Rob Boley (Mount Pleasant, MI) by less than a tenth of a second to bring home a first-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Junior John Babbott (Ojai, CA) won the 1,500-meter run, followed closely by classmate Sam Hayman (Evanston, IL), who posted a third-place showing. Rookie Harrison Lakehomer (Eugene, OR) set a new freshman school-record in the 5,000-meter run, finishing third in 15:09, while sophomore Basile Beaty's 1:57.16 was good for fourth in the 800-meter run. Senior co-captain Nick Canevari (Warwick, NY) had a big day in the field, posting third-, fourth- and fifth-place finishes in the discus, shot-put, and javelin, respectively.
Both squads return to action next Saturday at the NESCAC Championships, hosted by Bowdoin College, with select runners in action at the Penn Relays, hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, on Thursday evening at 6 p.m.