Grimes, Melton Star at Last Chance Meet

Grimes3 Contact: Matthew Hart

MEDFORD, Mass. – Pat Grimes '13 turned in Division III's sixth-fastest time of the year in winning the mile and Matt Melton '14 triumphed in the 800 to highlight a strong effort by the Amherst College men's indoor track and field team at the Tufts Last Chance meet on Saturday.

With no team scores kept, the Jeffs competed to lower their times in various events before qualifiers are announced for next weekend's NCAA Championships. Grimes did just that, winning the mile by nearly a second as he turned in the nation's sixth-lowest time of winter in 4:11.72. 

Melton's effort in the 800 was nearly as impressive as he crossed first in a personal-best time of 1:53.47, the 11th-fastest figure in D-III this year. Romey Sklar '15 also competed in the event for Amherst, placing 10th in 1:57.50.

Amherst's third event winner was Matt Woop '16, who paced a three-person field in the 1000 meters, crossing in 2:35.34. A pair of Jeffs competed in the 600, with Nick Codola '15 and Judd Liebman '16 sticking together and finishing in the middle spots of a four-man field with matching times of 1:23.39.

In the longer distances, KC Fussell '15 notched Amherst's top finish as he placed third in the 3000 meters, crossing in 8:55.68. Meanwhile, Andrew Erskine '13 placed sixth in a stacked 5k, crossing in 14:56.82, the No. 48 time in the nation on the year. Greg Turissini '15 was 10th in the event at 15:04.53.

With qualifiers still to be finalized, the Jeffs' contingent will head to the NCAA National Championships next weekend, to be held at North Central College (IL) March 8-9.