Jeffs Take Second at Little III Championships

Contact: Matthew Hart

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Highlighted by a strong showing in the throwing events, the Amherst College men's track and field team secured second place at the 2013 Little III Championships, hosted by Williams College on Saturday. Totaling 111 team points, the Lord Jeffs outpaced Wesleyan (97) for second while the host Ephs took the title with a score of 169.

In addition to numerous top-five efforts, Amherst notched a pair of event wins as K.C. Fussell '15 triumphed in the 5000 meters and Josiah Terrell-Perica '15 took the discus title. 

Matt Melton '14 enjoyed a solid day in the long sprints, placing third in the 200 meters (22.84) before a second-place effort in the 400 (49.90). Moving to the middle distances, the Jeffs took two of the top three spots in an exciting 800 meters as Pat Grimes '13 was just 0.3 seconds behind Williams' Jabulani Blyden, taking second in 1:57.00 with Romey Sklar '15 hot on his heels at 1:57.43.

Fussell highlighted the team's distance efforts, taking the 5k by nearly six seconds as he crossed in 15:17.91. Teammate Dillon Buckley '13 placed fifth in 15:52.29. The Jeffs also had a pair of top-five performers in the 3000-meter steeplechase as Dan Crowley '16 took third (9:58.77) and Lucas Lebovitz '15 fourth (10:13.59).

Amherst's top relay performance came from the 4x400 unit of Nick Codola '15, Melton, Brent Harrison '16, and Grimes, which placed second in 3:31.07. Meanwhile, Khalil Fleming '16 impressed in the triple jump, taking second at 12.79 meters while Mark Cort '15 placed fifth (12.61m). Stephen Hetterich '15 was fifth in the long jump at 6.02 meters.

Finally, Terrell-Perica and Denzel Duncan '13 put forth an impressive versatile effort in the throws. Terrell-Perica began with a winning toss of 41.25 meters in the discus before also placing third in the hammer (42.24), second in the javelin (51.83) and fourth in the shot put (11.49). Duncan, meanwhile, took third in the discus (35.62) and second in the hammer (46.79) and shot put (13.43). Showing off his versatility, Sklar added a third-place effort in the javelin (35.33).

On Friday night, a pair of Jeffs also competed against a field of primarily Division I competitors at Princeton's Larry Ellis Invitational. Andrew Erskine '13 took 44th in the 5000 with a 14:51.13 while Grimes placed 54th in the 1500 meters at 3:59.32.

The Jeffs will send a group to Thursday's Penn Relays in Philadelphia before competing at the NESCAC Championships, hosted by Tufts, next Saturday.