Men Third, Women Fourth in Outdoor Opener at Conn. College

April 3, 2002 

NEW LONDON, CT — The Amherst College men's outdoor track team kicked off its season with a blistering run at Saturday's Connecticut College Invitational. Bolstered by six first-place finishes, the Jeff men ended the day in third place, behind the United States Coast Guard Academy and Trinity College. Meanwhile, the Amherst women made their spring debut a memorable one, posting a fourth-place showing behind Coast Guard, Trinity, and the host Camels. 

Amherst first-year Jay Wagstaff (Tewksbury, MA) started off the day right for the Jeffs, running to a tie in the 100-meter dash with Merchant Marine Academy's Todd Hoyt. Junior Pat Hayes (E. Bridgewater, MA) and first-year Nathaniel Mahlberg (Madison, WI) picked up on Wagstaff's cue, and posted respective first- and second-place finishes in the 110-meter hurdles. Sophomore Janak Chandrasoma (Pasadena, CA) ran away with the 200-meter dash, grabbing another gold for Amherst, before coming back to nab first place again in the 400. Mahlberg rounded out the Jeff streak with a 56.4-second tear through the 400-meter hurdles, good for Amherst's fifth first-place finish of the day. Finally, the Jeff men sprinted to a win in the 4x100-meter relay, crossing the line in 44.5 seconds. 

On the women's end, solid performances up and down the scoreboard gathered together the Jeffs' 106 team points. First-year Lee-Jay Henry (Springfield, MA) took home third place in the 100-meter dash, grabbed second place in the long jump and a first-place nod in the triple jump. The 4x400 meter relay team locked up third place with a time of 4:21.1 seconds, but the real story of the day was Amherst's work in the 800-meter and 1500-meter runs. Both races saw Amherst women grab the top spot, with a medal sweep in the 800. The 800-meter race saw junior Laurel Kilgour (Clifton Park, NY) take first, followed closely by seniors Rebecca Woo (Manchester, NH) and Amie Shei (Lexington, MA). The 1500 brought a first-place finish for Woo, and first-year two-time All American Carter Hamill (Richmond, VA) finished right on her heels, coming through with second place. 

The squad will head to Hartford for the Trinity College Invitational on Saturday. 

Men's Team Results 
1) Coast Guard – 188.33 
2) Trinity College – 121.00 
3) Amherst College – 105.00 
4) Keene State College – 74.33 
5) University of Hartford – 71.33 
6) Merchant Marine Academy – 41.00 
7) Connecticut College – 37.00 

Amherst Men's Top Finishers 
100-meter 
1 tie) Jay Wagstaff – 11.4 
5) Matthew Monteith – 11.7 
6) Pat Hayes – 11.7 

110-meter Hurdles 
1) Pat Hayes – 15.7 
2) Nathaniel Mahlberg – 15.7 

200-meter 
1) Janak Chandrasoma – 22.6 
6) Jay Wagstaff – 23.3 
7) Brian Hart – 23.3 

400-meter 
1) Janak Chandrasoma – 49.9 

400-meter Hurdles 
1) Nathaniel Mahlberg – 56.4 
5) Doug Norton – 1:02.7 

1500-meter 
5) Andrew Schneider – 4:08.7 
6) John Stanton-Geddes – 4:09.7 

5000-meter 
4) Matthew Katz – 16:01.4 
6) Zeke Phillips – 16:11.4 

4x100-meter Relay 
1) Amherst – 44.5 

4x400-meter Relay 
3) Amherst – 3:32.8 

Shot Put 
8) William Roe – 10.32 

Women's Team Results 
1) Coast Guard – 177.50 
2) Trinity College – 148.00 
3) Connecticut College – 134.50 
4) Amherst College – 106.00 
5) Keene State College – 88.00 
6) University of Hartford – 8.00 

Amherst Women's Top Finishers 
100-meter 
3) Lee-Jay Henry – 13.2 
8) Alison Stahl – 14.5 

200-meter 
6) Alison Stahl – 30.1 

400-meter 
6) Monica Westin – 1:05.2 

800 meter 
1) Laurel Kilgour – 2:22.8 
2) Rebecca Woo – 2:24.0 
3) Amie Shei – 2:24.9 
6) Carter Hamill – 2:27.0 
8) Diana Rancourt – 2:28.4 

1500-meter 
1) Rebecca Woo – 4:50.7 
2) Carter Hamill – 4:52.4 
6) Laurel Kilgour – 5:02.0 
8) Diana Rancourt – 5:04.2 

5000-meter 
5) Erinn White – 18:36.7 
6) Emily Lobsenz – 18:38.3 
7) Alison Dimon – 19:03.3 

4x100-meter Relay 
5) Amherst – 1:05.6 
4x400-meter Relay 
3) Amherst – 4:21.1 

Long Jump 
2) Lee-Jay Henry – 4.87 
7) Alison Stahl – 4.22 

Triple Jump 
1) Lee-Jay Henry – 10.48 
5) Helen Dole – 9.42