Feb. 15 - Select members of the Amherst College men's and women's indoor track and field teams competed at Boston University's Valentine Classic, with senior Elise Tropiano highlighting the weekend by placing second in the 5,000-meter run.
Valentine Classic - Feb 13th & 14th
Performers of the Meet - Men's DMR (Bell, Moore, Scheetz, Swanson) and Mattie Baker
Looking to take advantage of the fast track and great competition at Boston University, the teams headed into the city to compete at the valentine Classic with the women competing on Friday along with the men's DMR, and then the men taking their turn on Saturday. Elise Tropiano got her NCAA qualifier in the 5k taken care of as she won her section of the 5k in a 17:07.99 and would end up finishing 2nd overall, as only the winner of the Championship section in the evening would post a faster time. Sophie Galleher and Christina Wong each posted their indoor bests in the event, with Christina running under 19 minute for the first time. In the 3k, Shannon McKenna had her best race of the season - to date - as she ran well under the qualifying marks for New England's and ECAC's. Susie Wasserman, Jenny Mancino and Kate Silverman each raced to their PR's in the indoor 400 as Susie ran a 60.55 and both Jenny and Kate got under 63 seconds. Mattie Baker really took advantage of the day as she sped to a 1/2 second indoor PR in the 200 and earned a qualifying mark for DIII NE's this weekend with her mark. The 800 was led by Molly Priedeman's mark of 2:22, while Hoiwan Cheung and Melissa Sullivan each posted their best times of the season, running in the 2:24's. Mary Doris Reggie posted her best 500 time as she had a solid run in that event before joining with Susie, Carly Levenson and Kate to run a season best time in the 4x400 of 4:03.
The highlight of the weekend for the men - amongst many PR's by numerous runners - would have been the performance on Friday by the Distance Medley Relay as the quartet of Will Bell 1200, Tommy Moore 400, Ben Scheetz 800 and Jimmy Swanson 1600 not only qualified provisionally for NCAA's but also broke the school record by nearly a second as they finished 4th, and set the tone for the weekend. On Saturday - the day for the individual competition, things started out right where they left off as Tommy got the day started with a PR in the 400, and was followed by Larry Thompson - still running with a cast to protect his broken hand - who run to a new PR by nearly 2 seconds, and then Keith Pendergrass raced to his best time of the year. Ryan Drost and chris Erickson each PR's in the 500, with Ryan just missing the DIII NE mark by less then .2 seconds. Steve Corsello knocked nearly 5 seconds off from his Mile PR as he sped to a 4:15 mile to lead the milers on the day. Will raced to a new PR of 4:19, and Jimmy came through in 4:20 - both showing a little fatigue from the DMR effort of the day before where they ran 3:05.8 and 4:09.4 respectively in the 1200 and 1600. John McGrail qualified for DIII NE's with his 4:26 clocking. Anthony "A Train" Fuller sped to a new 200 PR and qualified for DIII NE's by .02 in the process, while Sean Legister raced to a new indoor best. Kit Callahan used his patented by kick in the last lap to not only win his section of the 800 but also raced under 2:00 for the first time, while Tommy Anderson looked strong in his section of the 800 as he quickly returns to shape after missing last season and studying abroad. Peter Foote and Will Fairhurst both came hungry for new PR's in the 3000 and neither would be denied as Pete nearly broke 8:40 to lower his best time by 5 seconds and will knocked off 10 seconds off his best to run a 9:14. Daniel Murner, despite being sick all week and unable to train turned in a valiant effort in the 5k to run 15:19, running on fumes the last mile. The 4 x 400 relay of Tommy - with his 3rd 50 or faster 400 in the meet - led off to Andre gary who looked ever like the 400 runner he will become, as he raced to a 50.9 effort before handing off to Ryan Drost who kept the team in the hunt, and Steve finished it off with a strong leg and catching a team at the line - something of a trademark for him with his races as of late.