Melton Shines at NEICAAA Championship

Melton4 Contact: Matthew Hart

BOSTON, Mass. – Matt Melton '14 placed third in the 800 meters, recording Division III's 10th-lowest time of the season in the event to highlight the Amherst College men's track and field team's performance at the NEICAAA New England Championship Sunday at Boston University. Facing Division I, II and III competition, Melton's finish gave the Lord Jeffs six team points, good for 23rd out of 31 programs.

Crossing the line in 1:51.94, Melton was just fractions of a second behind UConn's Alvaro Chavez (1:51.60) and Alex Bennatan (1:51.75) as he easily bested the two other D-III racers in the 800 finals, Tufts' Mitchell Black (1:52.77) and Bates' James LePage (1:52.81).

Andrew Erskine '13 was the next-lowest finisher for Amherst as he took 10th in the 3000 meters and third among D-III racers in 8:30.88. Teammate Charlie Reighard '14 was close behind him in 12th at 8:36.19 while Dan Crowley '16 took 18th in 8:41.08.

Romey Sklar '15 enjoyed a strong showing in the 1000 meters as he placed 11th overall and second among D-III entrants in 2:29.85. Pat Grimes '13 was nearly as strong in the mile, placing 13th (third in D-III) in 4:10.32. Greg Turissini '15 took 19th in the same event in 4:13.73.

Amherst will be back in action at the Tufts Last Chance Meet next Friday and Saturday.