Several Jeffs Compete at ECAC Championships

Contact: Ben Badua

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The Amherst men's and women's track and field teams closed out their regular season slates with a pair of solid showings at the ECAC Championships hosted by Springfield College.

Andrew Erskine '13 led the Amherst men, placing fourth in the 10,000m run with a time of 31:38.26. Charlie Reighard '14 came in 11th in the 5000m event with a time of 15:28.15, while Dillon Buckley '13 clocked in at 15:59.51. Joseph Terrell-Perica '15 was the only other member of the men's team to compete on Day 1, coming in 21st in the javelin with a throw of 49.98m.

On Day 2, Matt Melton '14 scored for Amherst in the 400 meters, placing sixth in 48.57 seconds. Brent Harrison '16 (1:54.81) and Romey Sklar '15 (1:54.95) placed 13th and 15th, respectively, in the 800m, while Greg Turissini '15 (4:01.89) and Pat Grimes '13 (4:03.91) took 24th and 29th, respectively, in the 1500m. The 4x800m Relay squad of Eli Howe '13, Jeff Seelaus '16, Grimes and Harrison wrapped up the day by placing 12th in 8:00.03.

Bates took home the team title with 79 points, followed by Oneonta (55), Tufts (45.33), Cortland (43.33) and MIT (40) in the top five. The Jeffs closed out the meet in a four-way tie for 37th overall with eight points.

Jessica Kaliski '15 was one of two Jeffs to participate on the women's side on Day 1, taking sixth in the 10,000-meter run with a time of 38:13.36, finishing nearly a minute ahead of Utica first-year Ashton Villeneuve. Teammate Elodie Reed '13 also ran in the event, crossing the tape in 39:37.36, good for 17th.

On Day 2, Lauren Almeida '13 capped her career with an impressive fourth-place finish in the 1500 meters, crossing 4:33.72 before Keri Lambert '13 followed her in eighth place at 4:36.10. Amy Dao '14 also competed in the event, taking 26th in 4:46.56, before Taylor Summers '16 wrapped it up for Amherst in the long jump, placing 39th with a mark of 4.85 meters.

Rowan recorded the top team score (63), while Wheaton (57), Tufts (52), Ithaca (51) and MIT (51) rounded out the top five. Amherst finished tied with Vassar and RPI for 29th with nine points. A total of 1,400 student-athletes from 97 institutions competed in the two-day meet.