Mar. 26 - The Amherst outdoor track & field teams opened the season at Westfield State's Jerry Gravel Classic, with the Lord Jeff women placing eighth in a field of 18 teams and the men finishing 13th of 16.
Jerry Gravel Invitational - March 26
Performers of the Meet: Kash Aleshinolye '14, Anna Hager '12, and Chi Uwakaneme '11
The start of the 2011 outdoor track and field was a cold and blustery one, though adverse elements did not stop the men and women Jeffs from delivering encouraging performances across the board at Westfield Sate University's Jerry Gravel Invitational. The meet began with the men's hammer throw and the women's shot put. Senior Chris Eaton's work with the weight throw indoors showed results as he launched a 46.31m personal record to take second. Sophomore Denzel Duncan also marked a collegiate PR in the event with a 38.13m chuck, vastly improving upon his previous best mark in the event. In the women's shot put, junior Jordan Roehl topped any throw she made in the indoor season with a throw of 11.04m, good for fourth place, while senior Chi Uwakaneme returned a significant PR in the event with a beautifully executed throw of 10.05m, her first time in the double digits. Amidst these field events, the first running events of the day began, the men's and women's 10,000 meter run, which proved an Amherst affair on both sides. The women took places three through six, led by first year Jasia Kaulbach in her debut in the event, who crossed the finish line in 40:48.81. Junior Anna Hager, who took fifth, set a personal record in the event by just under one minute. In the men's race, sophomore Dillon Buckely kicked down teammate Ben Mears to take fourth in 33:42.95. Mears followed in fifth, while senior Jack Seaver finished in sixth and first year Gus Greenstein in eighth. Action in the field resumed for the Jeffs with the start of the men's javelin throw and the women's high jump. Senior Pierce Kelley, in his second year as a jav man, catapulted the implement 43.30m to lead the Amherst contingent in the event. Meanwhile, in the jumping pits, sophomore Jess Mueller floated over the bar to a graceful PR at 1.52m, good for fourth, to lead the other two Jeffs in that event. Back on the oval, the Amherst sprint crew prepared itself for the 400m dash. Senior Taylor Perkins led the men in 52.91, while sophomore Jade McKnight paced the women in 62.71, taking sixth overall. Further encouraging performances in the event came from first years Kash Aleyshinolye, who made the turn in 53.64, and Beth Hall, who ran 63.22 in her collegiate debut, following surgery for compartment syndrome. Following the 400m dash, the Amherst weight team again changed venues, this time to the men's shot put and men's discus. In the former, sophomore Denzel Duncan barely bested senior Pierce Kelley in a race to 12.00m in the event. Duncan placed tenth with 12.13m, a collegiate PR of nearly a meter, and Kelley took 13th with 11.95m. Duncan again led the squad in the latter, with a hurl of 34.98 in the discus, ahead of Kelley at 32.53 and first year Jordan Young at 30.20. Amherst's track events concluded with the short sprint crew returning to double in the 200m dash. First year Naomi Bates powered headlong through the wind to lead the Jeff women in 28.09, sixth overall, while classmate Javier Paulino did the same for the men to run 24.00 for 12th.