Amherst Opens Competition at NCAA Outdoor Championships

DELAWARE, OH – The Amherst College men's and women's track and field teams opened up competition at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University, putting forth a pair of impressive showings in the women's 1500-meter run and the men's 4x400 relay. 

Junior Melissa Sullivan (Dallas, TX) got the day started by shining in the women's 1500, qualifying for the finals for the second time in as many seasons. The Dallas, TX native, who earned a spot in the field of 22 with a time of 4:33.36 at the ECAC Championships, clocked in at 4:31.04 in the second heat of this afternoon's prelims. The top five runners from each heat and the next best two times advanced to Saturday's finals, with Sullivan tying for the day's ninth-fastest mark.

Despite not making the cut for Saturday's finale, Amherst's 4x400 relay team of junior Andrew Reed (Riverside, CT), senior Tommy Moore (Marlborough, MA),  first-year Matt Melton (Wall, NJ)  and junior Ben Scheetz (Lancaster, PA) posted another record-breaking performance, handing in the 11th best time while setting the program mark in the event, crossing the tape in 3:14.83.

The Lord Jeffs' foursome, which placed first at the 2011 Little Three and NESCAC Championships, held the previous mark, set on May 14 at the Open New England Championships (3:15.10). 

Action resumes tomorrow, when Scheetz competes in the men's 800-meter prelims set for 8 p.m., while Sullivan returns to the track for Saturday's 1500-meter final scheduled for 2 p.m. A full schedule of events, along with useful links to live results, video and blogs can be found on Ohio Wesleyan's Championship website.