Apr. 2 - The Amherst College men's and women's outdoor track & field teams traveled to AIC on Saturday to take part in the Yellow Jacket Invitational, with the Lord Jeff women finishing fifth and the men placing sixth.
AIC Invitational - April 2
Performers of the Meet: Javier Paulino '14 and Jamila Odeh '13
With the 2011 outdoor season well underway, the Amherst College men's and women's track and field teams traveled to nearby American International College to compete in the first meet hosted at the Division II school. A group of nine women got the meet started for the Jeffs in the 1,500m run. Sophomore Lauren Almeida led the pack to take seventh overall, followed closely by first year Lisa Walker, who grabbed eighth. Sophomore Abby Hopper and junior Anna Hager notched PRs in the event. The meet's next highlights were provided by the short sprint crew, in the 100m hurdles and the 100m dash. In the hurdles, first year Naomi Bates gracefully sprinted her way to a fourth place finish in 15.96, despite a shaky start from the blocks, and in the women's 100m dash, classmate Shyloe Jones earned sixth in 13.39, leading three other Jeffs, including sophomore Jess Mueller, who marked a personal best. On the men's side of the event, first year Javier Paulino, despite sporting a dilapidated pair of spikes, ran an exceptional race from start to finish to take 10th in 11.55. Sophomore Wrenford Thaffe competed in the event as well and lowered his PR by roughly half a second. In the next event on the track, the women's 800m, Amherst senior captain Susie Wasserman clinched sixth, while first year Amy Dao claimed eighth, after having run to an 11th place finish earlier in the 1,500m. The men's short sprint crew returned with a vengeance in the 200m dash, in which first year Paulino returned to mark an impressive 23.27-second turn for sixth place. Sophomore Thaffe earned his second PR on the day in the event as well, this one by nearly a second and a half. The day's last event on the track for the Jeffs was the 5,000m run, which they utterly dominated on both the men's and the women's side. In the women's race, the field included eight Amherst harriers. Among them, sophomore Keri Lambert who placed third in 18:30.56 – a huge PR – classmate Sarah Daly who took fifth, senior captain Christina Wong who took seventh, and first year Tori Sosnowski who placed eighth. Also in the field were sophomores Elodie Reed, Kristen Moulton, and Jamila Odeh, who all clocked outdoor personal bests. In the men's race, senior John McGrail ran to a second place finish in 15:20.49. He was trailed by sophomore Andrew Erskine who took third, sophomore Dillon Buckley who took sixth, and first year Gus Greenstein who took eighth. Senior Jack Seaver recorded a personal record in the 12 and a half lap event, running 16:05.12 to earn 10th.
In field action, sophomore Mueller and first year Bates took second and third in the women's long jump with marks of 4.90m and 4.89m, while Mueller also took fifth in the triple jump. In the throwing pits, first year Jordan Young hurled the discus to an impressive 38.21m, sixth place finish in the men's event, while in the shot put seniors Pierce Kelley and Chi Uwakaneme took seventh for the respective genders.