Amherst Takes Home Four Titles from NESCAC Championships

MIDDLETOWN, CT – The Amherst College outdoor track & field teams won four events at the NESCAC Championships, with Ben Scheetz '12 (Lancaster, PA) taking home two individual titles in addition to helping the Jeffs win the 4x400 relay.

Amherst earned 55 points in the women's events to place seventh, as Williams (194) finished ahead of Middlebury (163), Tufts (131), Colby (93) and Bowdoin (78). The Ephs also came out on top in the men's championship with 188.5 points, followed by Bates (122.5), Middlebury (112.50), Tufts (99.5) and Amherst (65). 

Scheetz won the 400-meter dash at last year's NESCAC Championships, but this year he would pick up his titles in the 800 (1:53.44) and 1500 (3:56.08). Scheetz then teamed up with Andrew Reed '12 (Riverside, CT), Tommy Moore '11 (Marlborough, MA) and Matt Melton '14 (Wall, NJ) to win the 4x400-meter relay (3:19.18), marking the second time in as many years the Lord Jeffs featured the conference's top 4x400 squad. 

Rounding out Amherst's individual champions was John McGrail '11 (Arlington, VA), who won the 5,000-meter run with a time of 14:56.47, earning 10 points for Amherst in his final NESCAC Championship event. Contributing six points was the distance medley relay team of Will Yochum '11 (Goleta, CA), Eli Howe '13 (Concord, NH), Steve Corsello '11 (Skaneateles, NY) and Patrick Grimes '13 (Mansfield, MA), which placed third with a time of 10:17.70. 

Also performing well for Amherst was Andrew Erskine '13 (Stamford, CT), who completed the 10k in 32:03.99 to finish fifth. Melton placed third in the 400 (49.50), while Reed and Melton took home fourth (22.78) and eighth (23.21) in the 200, respectively. The field events saw Amherst senior Chris Eaton (Brooklyn, NY) place seventh in the hammer throw (46.63m), while Greg Hagar '11 (Bethlehem, PA) picked up the final scoring spot in the javelin (51.20m). 

The Lord Jeffs had three runner-up finishes in the women's events, starting with Melissa Sullivan '12 (Dallas, TX) in the 1500 (4:35.46). In the steeplechase Keri Lambert '13 (Amherst, MA) and Tori Sosnowski '14 (Amherst, NY) placed second (10:56.48) and sixth (11:35.42), respectively, while senior Christina Wong (Honolulu, HI) was the runner-up in the 10k (38:06.89). 

Naomi Bates '14 (Washington, DC) helped Amherst account for 14 points across four events in what was an exceptional debut at the NESCAC Championship. Bates had her hand in everything, placing fourth in the long jump (5.18m), fifth in the 200-meter dash (26.63) and sixth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.86). Bates also joined classmates Shyloe Jones (Cranston, RI), Nia Harris (Bloomfield, CT) and Beth Hall (Wilmette, IL) to finish seventh in the 4x100 (1:06.99). 

Earning sixth-place finishes were Susan Wasserman '11 (Brooklyn, NY) and Sarah Daly '13 (Wheaton, IL) in the 400-meter hurdles (1:06.99) and 5k (18:06.35), respectively. Wasserman also took the lead leg in the 4x400, running with Jaya Tripathi '14 (Newton, MA), Eliza Schalch '12 (Bethesda, MD) and Hall to finish seventh (4:09.45). 

Amherst's final top-eight finish came in the women's 4x800-meter relay, where Lambert and Sullivan joined Lauren Almeida '13 (Reading, MA) and Amy Dao '14 (Boxborough, MA) for a third-place time of 9:23.45. 

The Lord Jeffs will head to MIT next weekend for the DIII New England Championships.