MEDFORD, Mass. – The Amherst College men's track & field team opened up the outdoor season Saturday at the Tufts Snowflake Classic, capturing third place (92 points) in the 19-team meet at the Ellis Oval/Dussault Track.
The Mammoths return to action next Saturday, April 6 when they host the annual Amherst Spring Fling at Lehrman Stadium.
- It was a perfect morning for the first 10,000m race of the season as sophomore Braxton Schuldt clinched his first win of the year. With two miles to go he ramped up the pace to finish with a time of 32:12.74 and take gold. Jamie Mazzola '21, Spencer Davis '22 and Ajay Sarathy '21 all followed suit, finishing fourth through sixth place to start the day off right for the Mammoths.
- Not long after the great showing in the 10k, first-year Owen Daily lined up his first 3k collegiate steeple race. Sneaking just under the 10-minute barrier, Daily finished sixth overall with a great time of 9:59.05.
- Shifting gears to the sprinting events, the Mammoths' 4x100m relay nearly won the race with a close second place finish behind a time of 42.89. The squad of Arinze Uddoh '22, Ben Wadsworth '22, Stadtler Thompson '19 and Henry Buren '22 look to inch closer and closer to the school record of 42.43 seconds in the coming weeks.
- Onto the hurdles Amherst went as senior Maxim Doiron took fourth overall in the 110H with a personal best time of 15.55 seconds. In the 400H race two juniors scored, with Theo Bates leading the way with a fifth-place finish and Alex Mangiafico finishing close behind (8th overall).
- In the always entertaining middle-distance events, seniors Kristian Soggard, Ermias Kebede and Jacob Silverman took second, fifth and 10th overall in a strong performance in the 800m race. They were no doubt inspired by the fierce final kick of teammate and 1500m runner, Jack Malague '19 who took seventh overall earlier in the day.
- Finally, no track meet would be completed without a 4x400m relay race to cap off the day. Much like the women's fantastic finish minutes before, the men gutted it out to finish second, sixth and ninth as all three relays produced respectable times.
- Off the track and in the circle the throwing events kept busy. Senior Sam Amaka took 10th in the shot put, eighth in the discus and 11thin the hammer throw. Cornell Brooks '19 took ninth in the discus and set a personal best in the hammer with a toss of 39.62m.
- Moving to the triple jump, the dynamic duo of Jordan Edwards '20 and Yaseen Zarroug '22 is shaping up to be a great one-two punch. Placing third and fourth overall, these two set their sights on NESCACs where they should contend for top-place finishes.