Erskine, Melton, Sklar Lead Jeffs at Springfield

Sklar Contact: Matthew Hart

Photo courtesy of Frank Poulin

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Matt Melton '14 won the 500 meters, Romey Sklar '15 (pictured) took the 1000 and Andrew Erskine '13 triumphed in the 3k as the Amherst College men's track and field team placed fourth out of eight programs at the Springfield Invitational on Saturday.

Amherst's top Distance Medley Relay squad also took first while numerous other Jeffs notched top-five performances. Totaling 117 points, Amherst finished behind CCNY (149), Springfield (132) and the USMMA (129) in team scoring but easily bested its only NESCAC competition, Trinity, which took fifth with 73 points.

Melton highlighted the Jeffs' showing in the shorter distances as he ran away with the 500-meter dash, crossing in 1:06.06, over two seconds ahead of Springfield's Sean Nunan (1:08.16). Judd Liebman '16 (1:08.97) and Nick Codola '15 (1:09.11) placed fourth and fifth in the event, respectively, while Dennis Kennelly '16 enjoyed a fourth-place time of 53.24 in the 400 meters.

In the middle distances, Scott Gemmell-Davis '16 took fourth in the 800 meters (2:11.40) before Sklar outkicked USMMA's Andrew Walsh in the 1000, winning in 2:35.59 with teammate Matt Woop '15 close behind in third at 2:36.76. The Jeffs also took third in the mile as Nick Ellenoff '16 crossed in 4:41.51.

Amherst's most dominant event was undoubtedly the 3000 meters, where Erskine triumphed in 8:42.84 followed closely by Charlie Reighard '14 at 8:43.86. A pack of Jeffs then grabbed places four through nine, led by Dan Crowley '16 (8:46.14) and Alvaro Morales '14 (8:51.76).

The only Jeff relay teams to compete were a pair of Distance Medley squads, with the quartet of Woop, Liebman, Melton and Pat Grimes '13 winning in 10:41.72. Amherst also took fourth in the event with the group of Sklar, Ralph Washington '16, Codola and Eli Howe '13 finishing in 11:03.42

In the field events, Stephen Hetterich '15 enjoyed a third-place showing in the triple jump at 12.11 meters while Josiah Terrell-Perica '15 placed third in the weight throw at 14.54 meters.

Amherst will be busy next weekend with a pair of meets, beginning with the Valentine Invitational at Boston University on Friday, Feb. 8.