SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. – Six individuals and two relay squads garnered All-Conference honors and first-year Henry Buren was named the Most Outstanding Rookie following the Amherst College men's track & field team's third place finish at the 2019 NESCAC Championships – the best finish for the program at the league meet since 2010.
The top-three finishers from each event during this past weekend's conference meet earn All-NESCAC recognition, with 54 individuals and nine relay quartets claiming the honor.
In an impressive showing for the Mammoths, Amherst claimed three individual NESCAC titles, five second place finishes, and one bronze across the Championships' 21 events.
Competing in three events in at the league meet, Buren picked up a pair of second place finishes in addition to a fourth place finish as part of the 4x100 relay. Taking to the blocks in the 100m dash, Buren ran a personal best time of 10.69 seconds to take the silver before clinching second overall in the 200m dash with a mark of 21.89 seconds. Anchoring the 4x100 relay, the Kansas City, Mo. native helped the Amherst quartet to a solid fourth place finish (43.26 seconds). Named the NESCAC's Most Outstanding Rookie for his efforts, this is the first time in program history a Mammoths' harrier has earned the distinction.
The runner-up in the 10,000m run last season, Clark Ricciardelli '20 took to the line this year with his eyes on the prize and edged the second place finisher by three seconds to cross the finish line in 31:20.66 and clinch his first-ever NESCAC title.
The lone first-year to win a NESCAC individual title, Yaseen Zarroug had an impressive debut at the conference meet, posting a career best mark of 13.93 meters in the triple jump to take first overall.
Successfully defending their 4x800m relay crown, the quartet of Ermias Kebede '19, Jacob Silverman '19, Kristian Sogaard '19, and Estevan Velez '20 secured the league's top time for the second consecutive season with a time of 7:58.11.
Spencer Ferguson-Dryden '20 secured a 15:10.06 mark in the 5,000-meter run to take silver and earn his first All-Conference nod, while last season's runner-up in the triple jump, Jordan Edwards '20, once again captured second overall in the event with the junior putting together a solid jump of 13.75 meters.
Kyland Smith '21, Stanley Dunwell '20, Brad Besson '20, and Ryan Prenosil '21 also captured second place honors, with the quartet finishing less than a second behind the top finishers with a time of 3:24.27.
Senior captain Maxim Doiron was the final Amherst harrier to land inside the top-three at the meet, placing third overall in the 110m hurdles with a time of 15.23 seconds.
|10,000m||Clark Ricciardelli '20||1st / 31:20.66|
|Triple Jump||Yaseen Zarroug '22||1st / 13.93m|
|4x800m Relay||Kebede, Silverman, Sogaard, Velez||1st / 7:58.11|
|100m||Henry Buren '22||2nd / 10.69|
|200m||Henry Buren '22||2nd / 21.89|
|5,000m||Spencer Ferguson-Dryden '20||2nd / 15:10.06|
|Triple Jump||Jordan Edwards '20||2nd / 13.75m|
|4x400m Relay||Smith, Dunwell, Besson, Prenosil||2nd / 3:24.27|
|110m Hurdles||Maxim Doiron '19||3rd / 15.23|