Contact: Ben Badua
BOSTON, Mass. - In a final tune-up before next weekend's NCAA meet, a small contingent of the Amherst men's track & field team put forth a solid showing at the 2014 ECAC Championships held at the Reggie Lewis Center.
Tying for 23rd amongst 62 programs in attendance, the Jeffs collected 13 points in the two days of competition. NESCAC rival Bates stood atop the leaderboard with 47 points, followed closely by Widener (42). Worcester State (41) and SUNY Oneonta (41) tied for third, with Moravian (36.50) rounding out the top five.
Recording Amherst's best finish, Dan Crowley '16 was the runner-up in the 3000-meter run, clocking in at 8:30.29. Bates' Noah Graboys won the event with a time of 8:27.87, while the Jeffs' Ben Fiedler '17 placed 22nd (9:08.27).
Finishing just two-tenths of a second behind UMass-Dartmouth's Zach Switaj, Jeff Seelaus '16 took sixth in the mile run with a time of 4:20.42. Raymond Meijer '17 was 11th in the 5000m (15:25.89), while Nick Codola '15 and Jamie Sandel '17 came in 19th (1:07.91) and 22nd (1:08.09), respectively, in the 500-meter dash.
Mark Cort '15 paced Amherst in the field events, finishing seventh in the long jump with a leap of 6.10m. In the meet's final event, the 4x800 relay, Alex Durkee '15, Jesse Fajnzylber '17, Kevin Connors '17 and Codola crossed the tape in 8:02.10, good for seventh.
Amherst returns to action on Mar. 14-15 at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in Lincoln, Neb.