Amherst Women Place Third at Brandeis; Men Place Fifth

WALTHAM, MA – The Amherst College indoor track and field teams took part in their first scoring meet of the winter season Saturday afternoon at the Brandeis University Reggie Poyau Track Meet. The Lord Jeff women placed third in a field of nine teams, while the men finished fifth in a field of 10.

The Amherst women placed first in three events on the day. In the 5,000-meter run, senior Liz Dalton (Wayne, PA) put in a solid time of 18:34.95 to finish nearly 17 seconds ahead of the second-place runner. Senior Zandra Walton (Skaneateles, NY) and junior Sophia Galleher (Denver, CO) finished one-two in the 3,000-meter run with times of 10:30.24 and 10:33.09, respectively. 

Picking up Amherst's third victory was the 4x400 relay team of Dalton, senior Mattie Baker (Brighton, IL), junior Hoiwan Cheung (Hanover, NH) and junior Caroline Darmody (Coral Gables, FL). The Lord Jeff team picked up 10 points with its time of 4:08.26, which was 1.01 seconds faster than the team from Bates.

Rounding out the Amherst runners who placed in the top three were Cheung and senior tri-captain Carly Levenson (Richmond, VA). Cheung placed third in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:25.89, while Levenson's mark of 3:07.60 in the 1,000-meter run earned her third place.

The Lord Jeff men took home first place in four events. Junior Dan Murner (Crestwood, KY) finished more than seven seconds ahead of his competition in the 5k, crossing the line in 15:19.74. Sophomore John McGrail (Arlington, VA) gave his team 10 points with his time of 8:45.67 in the 3k.

Sophomore Steve Corsello (Skaneateles, NY) and senior Steve Stewart (Hartford, CT) had the top two times in the 800-meter run, as Corsello took home first place with his time of 1:59.41. First-year Ben Scheetz (Lancaster, PA) was just as impressive in the 600-meter run, finishing more than two seconds ahead of the runner-up with his mark of 1:24.89. 

Also faring well on Saturday was sophomore Tommy Moore (Marlborough, MA), whose time of 51.50 in the 400-meter dash left him just 0.25 behind the winner. Junior William Bell (Silver Spring, MD) placed third in a pair of events, as he ran the mile in 4:23.14 and the 1,000-meter run in 2:36.77. Junior Jimmy Swanson (New Orleans, LA) was right behind Bell in the mile with a time of 4:24.01.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Saturday, Jan. 31, when they head to Tufts University.


Reggie Poyau Invite - Jan 24th

Performers of the Meet - John McGrail and Liz Dalton

The teams capped off their 3 week long intersession with a great meet at Brandeis. With classes set to resume on MOnday the three weeks of double session practices going at 7:30 and 3:30, and in the middle of each day volunteering at the Amherst Survival Center now come to an end. Despite the tiredness of the legs and minds from the strength focused training, the athletes have competed extremely well and now look forward to the return of single sessions and focusing on getting sharp for the remainder of the season. Daniel Murner negative split his 5k, following carlyle Eubank through the 2 Mile at 10:00 before running a 4:46 3rd mile to cruise to a victory. John McGrail - despite being sick all week and nor working out, found some magic as he pushed the pace in the 3k, taking the lead just before the mile mark and then used a huge kick to PR by nearly 10 seconds en route to his 8:45.67 win with Peter Foote and Will Yochum each running well under 9:00. Ben Scheetz ran an uncontested 600, taking the lead from the gun and never being challenged as he dipped under 1:25 for his 2nd collegiate victory - Ryan Drost grabbed 6th in that race, and Chris Erickson ran to a big PR, just missing breaking 1:30 (1:30.10). Steve Corsello, despite having run the mile earlier in the day, came back even stronger in the 800 to grab his first college win as he took the lead just after the first 200 to lead Amherst to a 1-2 finish as he and Steve Stewart each ran under 2:00. Tommy Moore ran a strong 400, and in a blanket finish - with .3 seconds separating the Top5 guys - he was able to sneak in for 2nd, and then at the end of the meet had a great lead off leg to start the 4x400 that could have been even more exciting as Ryan Drost kept us neck and neck with Bowdoin, and Steve Stewart - on the 3rd leg was running stride for stride with the leader when he was tripped from behind by a Bates runner and crashed to the track and we were knocked out of contention, but he did finish, and Ben Scheetz ran a 50.5 to help us grab 4th.Will Bell had a great day as he just missed breaking his PR in the mile, as he jumped into the lead from the gun and pushed the pace the entire race, ultimately grabbing a very close 3rd, and then running from the front in the 100 to again repeat with a 3rd place finish. Jimmy Swanson finished 4th in the mile and coming back to grab 8th in the 1000.

Zandra Walton and Liz Dalton book ended the meet with victories in the individual events as Zandra won a very strong 3k to kick off the meet as the first individual event as Sophie Galleher led for 14 of the 15 laps, and succumbed to the thunderous kick of Z as she would win in 10:30 while Sophie grabbed 2nd with a big kick of her own in 10:33 and Hallie Schwab in 5th with a strong indoor opener and in the 2nd section, Anna Hager had a great race. In the last individual event of the day, Liz led for nearly the entire race - 25 laps - and narrowly missed her PR but opened up the season with a very solid 18:34 with Shannon McKenna grabbing 6th.grabbed. The 3rd victory for the team came in the 4x400 as Susie Wasserman opened up with a big lead that provided the cushion for the rest of the team, as Molly Priedeman, Mary Doris Reggie and Carly Levenson ran to a 4:08. Earlier in the meet, Susie and mary Doris finished 4th and 5th in the 600 and Melissa Sullivan grabbed an 8th place point as she qualified for DIII NE's, while Carly and Molly grabbed 3rd and 5th respectively in the 1000, that despite a slow opening 400, heated up towards the end. Hoiwan Cheung grabbed 3rd place in the 800 with mariana palacios hot on her heels as both hit DIII NE marks. Jenny Mancino and Jennifer Rybak grabbed 4th and 5th in the high jump, with clearances of 4-11 and 4-9, while back to back finishes were also seen in the 400 as Kat Loomis and Kate SIlverman grabbed 5th and 6th. Mattie Baker finished 8th on both the 55 nd the 200 to lead the short sprinters. Eliza Schalch finished 4th in the mile to grab team points, and in the shot put Jordan Roehl grabbed 5th place, and then in the weight, she along with teammate Chi Uwakaneme each bettered their previous best marks as they continue to improve in the new event.