Men's Track & Field Cracks Top-Five at NESCAC Championships For First Time Since 2010

Men's Track & Field Cracks Top-Five at NESCAC Championships For First Time Since 2010

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Totaling 130 points on the day, the Amherst College men's track & field team had the program's best showing at the conference meet since 2010 as the Mammoths placed third overall at the 2019 NESCAC Championships Saturday at Middlebury College. 

The Mammoths return to action on May 2-3, when they travel to Williams College for the Division III New England Championships. 

TRACK EVENTS

  • The morning brought the 10,000m run with five Mammoths toeing the line. 2019 Indoor All-Americans Clark Ricciardelli '20 and Cosmo Brossy '19 continued to impress, with Ricciardelli running down the competition to earn the NESCAC individual title and Brossy safely taking fourth overall. Sophomore Braxton Schuldt stayed strong over the last two miles to place sixth overall, while Spencer Davis '22 ran a hero's race and set a personal best of mark 32:43.14 (11th overall). Ajay Sarathy '21 handled the elements very well to finish in 33:07.
  • In an equally grueling event, first-year Owen Daily took sixth overall in the 3,000m steeple with a time of 9:39.55, just off his personal best.
  • In the Sprinting events, first-year Henry Buren stole the show. Taking the silver in the 100m dash with a wind aided 10.69 second mark and second overall in the 200m dash with a time of 21.89. Buren also anchored the 4x100m to a fourth finish in a very close race.
  • Arinze Uddoh '22 ran a great 100m prelim race of 11.18 into a head wind and also started the 4x100m relay with a very strong first leg.
  • In the 110m hurdles Amherst came out very well, with Senior Maxim Doiron taking third overall and Yonas Shiferaw '20, who has battled injuries all year, taking fourth place.
  • Moving up to the 400m dash, junior Stanley Dunwell held strong against the wind to have his fourth big race in four weeks – placing sixth overall against a very strong field of runners.
  • Dunwell also helped set the tone for a 4x400m relay group that outperformed their seed time to take second overall alongside Kyland Smith '21, Brad Besson '20 and Ryan Prenosil '21.
  • In the 1500m, junior Spencer Ferguson-Dryden ran a brilliant and tough race to hold his own against the best in the conference before taking to the line in the 5000m.
  • In the 5k, Ferguson-Dryden took the silver, while Ricciardelli took fourth and Braxton Schuldt '21 placed seventh.
  • To cap off the best day the Mammoths have had in recent memory, the 4x800m relay squad took the win for the second year in a row as the crew of Estevan Velez '20, Jacob Silverman '19, Ermias Kebede '19 and Kristian Sogaard '19 took to the front and never let up to clinch first overall and a NESCAC individual title. 

FIELD EVENTS

  • The field events set the tone early under rainy and windy conditions, with Yaseen Zarroug '22 and Jordan Edwards '20 shaking off an unusually early start to the triple jump to continue their dominance on the boards. With a massive jump of 13.93m, Zarroug claimed the NESCAC individual title, while Edwards was close behind with a second-place leap of 13.75m.
  • In the long jump, first-year Troy Colleran took fourth overall with an impressive mark of 6.85m while teammate Theo Bates '20 leapt to a 6.54m mark minutes after competing in the 400H race in which he took seventh overall.
  • The high jump was moved indoors due to the deteriorating condition on the runway, however, Colleran took advantage of this and stole fifth place away from the competition with a mark of 1.90m.
  • The throwing events had a tough go of it with the weathered circle and field conditions. Seniors Sam Amaka and Cornell Brooks stayed strong in the discus to come close to personal bests despite all that was against the and took 10th and 11th overall, respectively.
  • In the javelin, senior Stadtler Thompson out performed his seed mark with a large personal best for a throw of 48.31m. Sprinting between the runway and the 4x100m relay, Thompson took sixth overall to add points to the board.