April 29, 2006
BRUNSWICK, ME – Junior Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA) smashed her own conference record and posted two individual event victories to lead the Amherst women's track and field team to a fourth-place finish at the NESCAC Championships on Saturday. Garrahan accounted for 20 of the women's 83 points, while the men's squad finished 11th with 14 points. Williams College took both the women's and men's conference crowns, with 167 and 214 points, respectively.
Garrahan successively defended her NESCAC title in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, breaking her own record time set last year by nearly four seconds and earning automatic NCAA qualification. She also earned provisional qualification in the 5,000 meter run, winning the event in 17:08.38 and besting her closest competitor by over a minute. Sophomore Katie Moravec (Chico, CA) and rookie Elise Tropiano (Plainville, NY) gave a Garrahan a strong push in the events, as they finished third in the 5K and fifth in the steeplechase, respectively. Sophomores Heather Wilson (Danvers, MA) and Kim Partee (Brentwood, TN) earned NCAA provisional qualification of their own, getting an Amherst 2-3 finish in the 10,000 meter run. Junior Maria Millard (Orono, ME) secured the silver in the 400 meter hurdles in 1:05.73, while senior co-captain Ginger Polich (Ironwood, MI) and rookie Zandra Walton (Skaneateles, NY) completed the 800 meter run course less than two seconds apart to take third and fifth place. Polich and Walton also joined with sophomore Meg Ray (Menands, NY) and first-year Caitlin McDermott-Murphy (Newton, MA) for a second place finish in the 4x800 meter relay.
Junior Sam Hayman (Evanston, IL) led the way for the men's squad, taking sixth in the 800 meter run in 1:55.68 and leading the men's distance medley team of junior John Babbott (Ojai, CA), sophomore Rom Cabeza (Enfield, CT) and rookie Steve Stewart (Hartford, CT) to a 10:36.03 fifth-place finish. First-year Harrison Lakehomer (Eugene, OR) earned a first-year record in the 10K, taking fourth-place in 31:27.71.
Both squads return to action at Division III New Englands on Thursday at Springfield College.