Feb. 21 - The Amherst College men's indoor track and field team placed 12th in a field of 24 teams at the Division III New England Championships. Senior Peter Foote led the Jeffs by finishing third in the 5,000-meter run.
DIII New England's - Feb 21st
Performers of the Meet - Melissa Sullivan and Peter Foote
The teams kicked off the Championship portion of the season with the Division III New England's as the women headed to Bowdoin while the men were at MIT. The women garnered a Top Ten finish on the strength of victories in the opening event - the DMR (Sophie Galleher, Mary DOris Reggie, Carly Levenson and Elise Tropiano) and with Elise capturing an individual title in the 3k at the end of the day, as the opening 400 was nearly 90 seconds and Elise took control of the race after that, running 40 seconds a lap to easily outdistance the field. Jordan Roehl had a solid day in the Shot Put as she eclipsed the 38 foot mark and grabbed points as the 7th place thrower (being passed by 2 throwers in their last attempts. In the 4x400, Susie led off in 61.6. First at the break, handed off a half step in front of MIT for the lead. The MIT girl cut Kate off going into the first turn. Kate hit the MIT girl's heals and stumbled back almost losing the baton, but held onto it and got going again. Ran 62.8 we were in 6th, but in the race. MD ran 60.8, but the time does not do the leg justice, as again going around everyone she could getting us into 3rd and not letting the Williams girl get past her in the end. Carly ran 60.3, keeping us in 3rd. Williams girl went past her off the 1st turn. Carly went back by her off the 3rd turn and held her off the rest of the way to run 405.7 to grab 3rd. Hallie Schwab ran a new PR in the 5k and ran well, albeit in no man's land between the front pack and the 2nd pack, and wound up finishing 5th in 18:11. In the 4x200, the team of Matt baker, Susie Wasserman, Kat Loomis an Kate Silverman ran strong but just missed placing as they got second in the heat in 150.91. Shannon McKenna dropped down from the Distance to sharpen the speed in the mile and finished just under 5:30, placing 15th overall. In the 600, Carly led her heat from the gun 31, 65, 139.6 and placed 7th. In the 800, the sections were set up as heats of 6, 7, & the fast section with 8. Mary Doris led her heat 69.5 146 223.4 while Mariana Palacios was a few steps behind. In the 2nd section, Melissa Sullivan went out with the a lead group of 3 in 68.5 145 and finished strong, 2nd in her heat running 222.6 - season best - and placing 10th overall, while Liza Schalch stayed off the lead pack a little bit running 69.5 146 and 224.9. In the 1000, Hoiwan Cheung led the first section from the gun. 35 72 228 307.8 to lower her PR by a few seconds, and then in the next section Molly Priedeman did the majority of leg work there as well, as she also ran to her best time ever and finished 10th. In the final event of the day, the 4x800, Hoiwan led off with a battling traffic and not getting out real well kind of race and put us in 6th, but in striking distance of the leaders. Liza ran the second leg and it did not go as well as it could have and gave the last 2 legs a hole to try and dig out of as Melissa ran another great 800 splitting 224.5 and Molly finished it off with a 2:22 effort and bring the team to 7th.
The men looked a little rough in their meet, but did a great 5k out of Peter Foote as he raced with the front pack through just before 2 miles before he was clipped and fell down to the track. He got up quickly, and if you were not watching closely you would have hardly noticed the fall, but he got back and within 2 laps was right back in the Top 5 and had a great last 800 to move up into 2nd before finishing in 3rd - just off of his PR. The men's 4x400 - juggled at the last minute due to some untimely injuries - ended up being the strongest of the relays on the day as Tommy Moore opened up with a strong leg to grab the lead before handing off to Ryan Drost who raced well to hang onto 2nd, and Andre gary ran another very strong leg to keep us in 2nd before handing off to Anthony "A Train" Fuller who anchored the relay with his best 400 ever, and kept us in 2nd, and the relay would end up placing 4th overall. Jimmy Swanson fell of the pack a little bit in the last 400 of the 800, and then put in a tremendous kicking effort off the final turn to get 4th - just missing 2nd by .06 seconds. Steve Corsello had a valiant effort in the unseeded section of the 1000 as he led from the wire before being passed in the race's waning stages, but still managed to place 8th overall. Tommy Moore, before leading off the 4x400 relay, grabbed another PR in the 600 as he broke 1:25 for the first time and finished 12th overall. Will Bell, despite battling the cold / flu that has been going around, put himself in great position in the mile in what turned out to be a tactical and slow first half affair, and wound up finishing 8th and grabbing the final scoring spot and then had a very strong 800 leg in the DMR.