Amherst Teams Combine to Win Eight Events at Wesleyan

MIDDLETOWN, CT – The Amherst College men's and women's indoor track and field teams each won four events Saturday afternoon at the Cardinal Invitational, a non-scoring meet hosted by Wesleyan University at Bacon Field House.

Highlighting the afternoon for the Lord Jeffs was Ben Scheetz '12 (Lancaster, PA), who dominated the 600-meter run's 31-person field with a time of 1:21.12, more than four and a half seconds ahead of the runner-up. The women's 600 saw three Lord Jeffs place in the top eight, with Susan Wasserman '11 (Brooklyn, NY) landing third (1:41.74). 

Amherst handily won the men's and women's 1,000-meter runs, as Eliza Schalch '12 (Bethesda, MD) finished in 3:08.20—more than three seconds ahead of the pack—and Will Yochum '11 (Goleta, CA) ran a 2:28.04, six seconds ahead of teammate Patrick Grimes '13 (Mansfield, MA), who placed second. 

Sophomores Lauren Almeida (Reading, MA) and Keri Lambert (Amherst, MA) took the top two spots in the women's mile run with times of 5:19.77 and 5:20.47, respectively, while John McGrail '11 (Arlington, VA) and Andrew Erskine '13 (Stamford, CT) finished 3-4 on the men's side (4:26.48, 4:27.72). Ali Simeone '13 (Stoneham, MA) won the women's 5,000-meter run in 18:14.54 and was followed closely by Angie Epifano '14 (Green Cover Springs, FL) in second place, with Amherst also claiming the third, fifth, sixth and seventh spots. 

Four of the top five finishers in the men's 800-meter run were Lord Jeffs, with Steven Corsello '11 (Skaneateles, NY) leading the 28-person field at 1:58.00 and Matt Melton '14 (Wall, NJ) close behind at 1:59.09. Melissa Sullivan '12 (Dallas, TX) finished second in the women's 800 (2:23.51), followed by Almeida and Lambert in fourth and eighth, respectively.  

Each 3,000-meter run featured three Lord Jeffs in the top seven, with Kristen Moulton '13 (North Reading, MA) and Jack Seaver '11 (New Canaan, CT) placing fourth in their respective races. Amherst dominated the relay events, as the women won the distance medley by nearly a minute (12:49.82) and the men took home first place with a 10:20.55. The Lord Jeffs finished second in the men's 4x400 (3:25.88) and third in the women's (4:16.84). 

Senior Taylor Perkins (Chester, NJ) set the tone in the long sprints by placing sixth in the 400-meter dash (53.00), marking the third consecutive meet in which he has bested his mark from the previous meet. Andrew Reed '12 (Riverside, CT) and Andre Gary '11 (Exeter, NH) were neck-and-neck in the 200, with Reed finishing fifth (23.27) and Gary right behind him in eighth (23.29). Jess Mueller '13 (East Freetown, MA) was seventh in the women's 400 (1:04.29), Jade McKnight '13 (Pasadena, CA) took sixth in the 200, and Shyloe Jones '14 (Cranston, RI) set a new personal best in the 55-meter dash (7.81, 6th).

Action was light in the field, but senior Chris Eaton (Brooklyn, NY) provided a bright spot by nearing his personal record in the weight throw to take fourth place at 15.29 meters.  In the men's shot put, first-year Jordan Young continued his phenomenal development with a personal-best 11.10 meters, good for 11th place in a field of 34.Chibuzo Uwakaneme '11 (Irvington, NJ) placed 13th in the women's shot put (9.00m), while Nora Gayer '14 (McLean, VA) and Mueller tied for fifth in the women's high jump (1.48m). 

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Friday, Jan. 28, when they compete in the 2011 Boston Indoor Games at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.