Jeffs Return to Action, Compete at Tufts Invite

Sklar MEDFORD, Mass. – After a month-long break from action, the Amherst men's indoor track and field team returned to form Saturday and competed at the Tufts Invite inside the Gantcher Center.

The Jeffs pulled in 22 top-10 finishes on the day and claimed three individual titles as well as a win in relays.

Getting things started early on was Matt Melton '14 who pulled in a second place finish in the 400 meter dash with a time of 50.45 seconds.

Judd Liebman '16 finished 10th overall in the 600 meter run with a time of 1:26.95.

Steven Lucey '17 claimed the first win of the day for the Jeffs, claiming the 800 meter run with a time of 1:58.95. Finishing shortly after was Jesse Fajnzylber '17 who placed fifth with a time of 2:03.96.

In the 1,000 meter run, Romey Sklar '15 paced the Jeffs with a fourth place finish. The junior finished in 2:36.68, slightly ahead of Lucas Lebovitz '15 who took sixth in 2:39.7. Brent Harrison '16 also grabbed a top-10 finish with a mark of 2:42.48 to claim 10th.

The Jeffs grabbed three top-10 marks in the 3,000 meter run, highlighted by KC Fussell '15 who placed fifth in 8:50.34. Dan Crowley '16 edged out teammate Charlie Reighard '14, crossing the finish line in 8:53.64, good for a seventh place finish and Reighard took eighth with a time of 8:54.23.

Amherst shined in the 5,000 meter run, sweeping the top-four spots. Ben Fiedler '17 paced the field with a time of 15:37.51 followed by Jeff Seelaus '16 in second (15:40.35), Raymond Meijer '17 in third (15:40.65) and Gus Greenstein '14 grabbing fourth (15:49.06).

Rounding out the top track events for the Jeffs was the Amherst 4x800 relay team that edged out Tufts for the win, finishing in 8:15.86.

In field events, Mark Cort '15, Khalil Fleming '16 and Stephen Hetterich '15 got things started in the long jump, claiming fifth, sixth, and ninth, respectively. Cort recorded a mark of 6.07 meters while Fleming notched a distance of 6.05 and Hetterich totaled a leap of 5.81.

Fleming followed his top-five finish in the long jump with a distance of 13.24 meters in the triple jump to claim the win and round out the top performances on the day for Amherst.

The Jeffs return to action on Saturday, Jan. 25 for the Terrier Classic at Boston University.