CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Amherst men's track & field team continued to roll at the 2019 New England Division III Indoor Championships hosted by MIT at the Johnson Athletic Center, with the Mammoths shattering program records in the 60m dash and weight throw during a solid days work.
Amherst returns to action tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 24 when they compete at the Boston University Final Qualifier.
- First-Year Henry Buren continued his streak of setting new school records with another impressive drop in time to 7.07 seconds in the 60m dash.
- Sophomores Ryan Prenosil and Andrew Swenson each took fifth place in their respective events, with Prenosil running a 51.04 mark in a very physical 400m race and Swenson slicing a full 1.22 seconds off his personal best in the 600m to cross the finish line with a time of 1:24.07.
- Moving to the circle, thrower Sam Amaka '19 continued his incursion on the Amherst record books - recording a monster toss of 17.58m, a new Amherst record, in the weight throw. The toss was an eye-popping 1.57 meters further than his previous personal best.
- The positive energy continued to flow as the Mammoths entered the triple jump, with Jordan Edwards '20 taking sixth with a season's best mark of 13.44m.
- In the distance events, Clark Ricciardelli '19 kicked things off with a personal best mark of 8:26.14 in the 3000m. That time was strong enough to earn Ricciardelli a second place finish, while teammate Spencer Ferguson-Dryden '20 came in sixth place with a time of 8:40.25.
- The middle-distance crew featured seniors Kristian Sogaard and Ermias Kebede hold their own in their respective races, with Sogaard placing fifth in the 800m run with a time of 1:54.90 and Kebede taking seventh in the 1000m run with a personal best mark of 2:32.18. Ralph Skinner '20 also impressed, taking home eighth place in the 800m with a time of 1:57.07.
- Perhaps the most notable performance of the meet was that of first-year Troy Colleran who continued his march to a nationally ranked heptathlon finish (4713 points). After his impressive start on Friday night, Colleran continued to roll on Saturday with personal best marks in the pole vault (3.90m), 60m hurdles (9.10) and 1000m run (2:59.50). Currently, Colleran sits as the No. 13 heptathlon competitor in Division III.