Jeffs Place Fourth at Springfield Invitational


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Led by senior Matt Melton's win in the 600-meter run, the Amherst men's track & field team placed fourth out of 10 programs at the Springfield invitational.

Leading a group of four Jeffs in the top-8 of the event, Melton clocked in at 1:22.40. Brent Harrison '16 placed second with a time of 1:23.60, while Nick Codola '15 and Alex Durkee '15 finished fifth (1:24.93) and eighth (1:26.60), respectively. Melton would later join Harrison, Romey Sklar '15 and Greg Turissini '15 on Amherst's second-place distance medley relay that posted a time of 10:39.75.

Turissini also competed in the mile run, coming in third with a time of 4:17.16. Ben Fiedler '17 cracked into the event scoring by placing sixth (4:30.25). Lucas Lebovitz '15 was second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:00.52, while Sklar was sixth, clocking in at 2:02.48. 

Judd Liebman '16 narrowly edged out Worcester State's Shane McKinley '17 for second in the 400-meter dash, crossing the finish line just six one-hundreths of a second ahead of his Lancer counterpart with a time of 53.13. Cole Hawkins '16 and Sam Wohlforth '17 earned points for the Jeffs in the 5000m run, coming in seventh (16:38.65) and eighth (16:41.09), respectively, while Mark Cort '15 headlined the field events with a second-place showing in the long jump (6.88m). Khalil Flemming '16 was third in the triple jump (13.77), while teammate Steven Hetterich '15 took eighth with a mark of 12.24.

Worcester State won the overall team competition with 130.50 points, followed by American International (105), Williams (89.50), Amherst (83) and UMass-Dartmouth (82) in the top five. Host Springfield finished sixth (75), with Eastern Connecticut State (49), Trinity (37), Wheaton (14) and Mount Saint Mary (10) rounding out the field of 10.

The Jeffs are back in action on Sat. Feb. 8 at Boston University's Valentine Classic.