Dec. 6 - The Amherst College men's and women's indoor track and field teams opened the 2008-09 season this afternoon with a strong showing at the Smith Winter Classic. Individuals from the women's team won six events, while Lord Jeff men won a pair of events.
Smith Winter Classic - Dec 6th
Performers of the Meet - Kat Loomis and Tommy Moore
The teams kicked off the 2008-09 Indoor Track & Field season with a meet at neighboring Smith College. While those who had done XC are waiting until January to begin racing, the sprinters and throwers who have been working out this fall got the chance to get the dust off, suffer from a little bit of track hack and some sore calves, and see where they were at with their training as they competed against 8 other teams in a non scoring invitational at Smith. It was a perfect way to start off the year, and despite the early stages, many great opening season marks were posted. Kat Loomis looked strong in the 400 as she led her race wire to wire, with Jenny mancino in hot pursuit as the two would finish 1st and 2nd, and then alter in the meet would finish 3rd and 4th in the 200. Carly Levenson led another 1-2 finish in the 800, as her and Mary Doris Reggie ran away from the field to post a 2:25 time. Zoe Pagonis won the 1000, running a very quick 3:07 to make her debut in the event, and was followed closely by Hoiwan Cheung in 3rd. Jordan Roehl started her Amherst career off in fine fashion, as she used her last throw in the shot put to the maximum advantage to go ahead of 4 other throwers and win the event with a mark in excess of 37 feet. The 4x400 relay of Susie, Kat, Mary Doris and Carly out ran the field to capture that win while the 4x800 relay of Molly Priedeman, Mariana Palacios, Hoiwan and Zoe finished the day off with another victory for the team.
Steve Stewart posted a pair of double wins for the team as he led the 800 from the opening gun, and just missed breaking 2:00, and then joined up with Tommy Moore, Ryan Drost and Chris Erickson to win an exciting 4x400 relay to finish the meet. Tommy was involved in another exciting race earlier, as he finished neck and neck with A Keene State runner in the 600 - earning runner-up honors but posting a very fast time in his first race above the 400. In the same heat, Ryan Drost would grab 4th matching his PR from last year. Anthony Fuller stepped up in distance from his normal 55m to race the 400 and would finish 6th, and then came back later to finish first for the team in the 200, as he led Mike Dolmatch and larry Thompson to Top Ten finishes in the 200. Spencer Russell had a solid run in the 55m prelims advancing to the final but a tight hamstring curtailed his shot at a win.