Track & Field Ready to Roll in 2002-03

November 16, 2002 

2001-02 - A LOOK BACK 
The Amherst women's track team met with great success during the 2002 indoor and outdoor seasons, highlighted by sensational performances by first-year Carter Hamill, who won a national championship in the 5000 during the indoor season, and grabbed a third-place finish in the same event during the outdoor campaign. She led a team-wide assault on the Amherst record books as she claimed new marks in the indoor 1500, 3k and 5k, as well as the outdoor 5k and 10k. Senior Rebecca Woo shattered the indoor 1000m record, while junior Laurel Kilgour lowered the college's all-time mark in the outdoor 800m. Amherst's 4x800 records were also broken during both the outdoor (Annie Perez '02, Kilgour, Woo and Kate Hamill '03) and indoor (Woo, C. Hamill, Kilgour and K. Hamill) seasons. First year Lee-Jay Henry proved to one of the region's best jumpers and hurdlers as she earned All-New England honors in the hurdles, long jump and triple jump, and qualified for the NCAA's in the triple jump. Amie Shei '02 earned numerous postseason accolades in the long sprints. Emily Lobsenz '02 won the ECAC 10k and earned All-New England honors in the distance events, as did Erinn White '04 and Sarah Degraaf '05. Diana Rancourt '02 and Aly Venti '04 each made valuable contributions, individually and as part of relay teams, in the championship meets. 

Underclassmen led the way for the men, as several athletes earned postseason accolades. John Stanton-Geddes '04 earned All-New England and All-ECAC honors and qualified for the Indoor NCAA's in the 1500. Janak Chandrasoma '04 paced the sprinters, anchored the 4x400 team of Brian Hart '03, Jack Morgan '05 and Nathaniel Mahlberg '05, and grabbed valuable points in the championship meets in both the 200 and 400. Morgan had an outstanding first year as he was one of the top mid-distance runners in New England, while Mahlberg proved to be one of the region's best hurdlers. Dave Molina '05 earned All-New England honors in the 800 and joined Morgan, Stanton-Geddes and Andrew Schneider '04 to grab third-place honors in the 4 x 800 at the New England Championships. Jay Wagstaff '05 and Matt Monteith '05 each turned heads in the sprints and 4x100 relay. Pat Hayes '03 raced well in the hurdles before an injury cut his season short, while Schneider quickly developed into an outstanding mid-distance runner. 

2002-03 - A LOOK AHEAD 
Due to graduation, the team's complexion will change considerably. However, a combination of returning athletes, incoming first-years and runners rebounding from injury or study abroad should help offset the losses. Carter Hamill '05 has proven to be one of the nation's finest runners and will look to improve on her first-year success, when she won a national championship in the indoor 5000. Senior captains Laurel Kilgour and Kate Hamill will look to leave their mark in the mid-distance events and anchor an array of relay teams in hopes of returning to the NCAA Championship Meet. Lee-Jay Henry '05 should build upon her first-year marks and emerge as one the top hurdlers/jumpers in the region, and could add the heptathlon to her repertoire. Erinn White '04, Ali Dimon '03 and Hilary Plum '03 will strengthen the distance events, while Aly Venti '04, Helen Dole '04 and NCAA-qualifier Martha Nelson '03, who returns from a year abroad, should bolster the mid-distances. Several first-years could also have immediate impacts, including Kristine Morin '06 in the multi events and hurdles, Ariel Haney '06 in the sprints and hurdles, Caitlin Williams '06 in the jumps and hurdles and Margaret Davis '06 in the distance events. 

Meanwhile, the men return the bulk of their roster, including all scorers from last season's championship meets. They also return several runners who missed the 2002 campaign due to injury. Combined with a solid incoming class of first-year student-athletes, the team should be poised for a great deal of success in 2003. Janak Chandrasoma '04 and tri-captain Brian Hart '03 will lead the sprinters, while tri-captain Pat Hayes '03 will look to complete some unfinished business in the hurdles, with plenty of support from Nathaniel Mahlberg '05. John Stanton-Geddes '04 will lead what may be the team's strongest area, the middle distance group, as he joins Andy Schneider '04 and sophomores Jack Morgan, Dave Molina and Jamal Aaron. Jay Wagstaff '05 and Matt Monteith '05 made the transition from football to track with ease and will be counted on for continued success, along with several first-year sprinters. Matt Katz '05, tri-captain Alex Lenkoski '03 and the return of Mike Page '05 should help bolster the distance corps and, with the addition of several first-year runners, could surprise quite a few teams.