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WATERVILLE, Maine – Behind several strong performances, the Amherst men's outdoor track & field team finished eighth at the 2014 NESCAC Championships hosted by Colby College.
Tufts took home the conference crown with 178.90 points, followed by Middlebury (166.50), Bates (107.20), Williams (105.20) and Colby (70) in the top-five. Bowdoin (55.20) came in sixth, while Wesleyan (42), Amherst (31) and Trinity (23) placed seventh through ninth. Rounding out the field, Connecticut College and Hamilton tied for 10th with 20 points.
Leading the Jeffs in the sprint events, Matt Melton '14 took fifth in the 400m dash with a time of 49.91. Headlining Amherst's mid-distance corps, Brent Harrison '16 was seventh in the 800m (1:54.34), while Romey Sklar '15 and Kevin Connors '17 placed eighth (4:00.54) and 11th (4:01.28), respectively, in the 1500-meter run.
Turning in a solid effort in the 10,000-meter run, KC Fussell '15 finished third overall (31:05.56), clocking in less than a second off the pace set by Williams' Colin Cotton. Teammate Raymond Meijer '17 came in ninth (32:06.32). Greg Turissini '15 and Dan Crowley '16 were seventh (9:30.41) and tenth (9:40.66) in the 3000-meter steeplechase, while Jamie Sandel '17 was ninth (57.13) in the 400-meter hurdles.
Pacing Amherst in the field events, Mark Cort '15 was the runner-up in the long jump with a leap of 6.63 meters. Stephen Hetterich '15 finished 13th (6.01m) in the event, while coming in sixth in the men's triple jump (12.72m).
Amherst returns to action on May 2-3 at the DIII New Englands hosted by Springfield College.