Jeffs Excel at Boston U., Wesleyan

January 27, 2003 

BOSTON, MA & MIDDLETOWN, CT - The Amherst men's and women's indoor track teams marked a successful individual weekend. Individual team members capitalized on opportunities at the Boston University 2003 Terrier Classic and at the 2003 Wesleyan University Invitational. 

Jeff sophomore Carter Hamill (Richmond, VA) traveled to Boston Friday night for the Terrier Classic. Defending NCAA national champion and four-time career All-America honoree Hamill gave competitors a run for their money in the 5,000 meter event, showing 13th place in a strong field of representatives from Division I schools and private clubs. Her 17:20.03 placed her behind respective first, second and third place winners Meseret Defar and Tirunesh Dibaba from Global Mizuno, and Boston College's Julie Spolidoro. 

At the Wesleyan Invitational on Saturday, first-year Lyndsey Scott (West Orange, NJ) broke out for the Amherst women with a fourth-place finish in the 200-meter dash, and classmate Ariel Haney (Fairport, NY) upped the ante with a third-place showing in the 400-meter dash. First-year Jessamyn Connell-Price (Palo Alto, CA) owned the 600-meter dash; she took home first place, and finished more than two seconds ahead of Sacred Heart University's Emily Marks. Amherst first-year Kristen Reid (Minneapolis, MN) took 11th place in the event. Amherst runners were scattered through the ranks in the 800-meter run - first-year Ginger Polich (Ironwood, MI) finished fourth, junior Helen Dole (Shelburne Falls, MA) grabbed ninth place and junior Aparna Nancherla (McLean, VA) locked up 19th place. 

Senior tri-captain Kate Hamill (New York, NY) took over the 1,000 meter run; her first-place time paced sophomore Alison Rodriguez (Albany, NY) to a fifth-place time. Senior tri-captain Laurel Kilgour (Clifton Park, NY) and first-year Jenny Horwitz (Waban, MA) marked respective first- and third-place paces in the 1,500 meter run. Junior Alyson Venti (Newton, MA) stormed through the 3,000-meter run for first place, and senior Alison Dimon (Rye, NY) followed up with a third-place day in the grueling 5,000-meter run. The Amherst relay teams were impressive - the 4x400 team scored second place behind Sacred Heart, and the 4x800 team blazed through their event for first place, finishing 18 seconds ahead of second-place Keene State College. Haney, Scott and first-year Julia Rucker (Minneapolis, MN) notched respective fourth, seventh and eighth places in the high jump, and Scott and first-year Caitlin Williams (Phoenix, AZ) pushed for fourth and ninth place rights in the long jump. The triple jump saw Rucker and Dole round out the women's day with respective ninth and 11th place showings. 

The men's day started off on a promising note with first-year Joaquin Walker (Denver, CO). Walker tallied a fourth-place finish in the 55-meter dash, before notching third place in the 200-meter dash, ahead of eighth place sophomore Nathaniel Mahlberg (Madison, WI), 13th place junior Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA) and 42nd place junior Julius Nanna (Cobham, England). First-year Tim Porter (Newton, MA) and senior tri-captain Brian Hart (Rutland, VT) picked up the slack in the 400-meter run; Porter paced Hart to respective 15th- and 16th-place finishes. Junior Janak Chandrasoma (Pasadena, CA) pulled up at 17th place in the 600-meter run, leading sophomore Ed McCabe (Yonkers, NY), who came in at 23rd place. Junior Andrew Schneider (Saratoga Springs, NY) was the lone Amherst rep in the 800-meter run, but he still managed to rack up second place. Sophomore Michael Page (Fargo, ND) and first-year Fraser Kitchell (Seattle, WA) pulled through for sixth and eighth places in the 1,000-meter run, ahead of 36th-place first-year Adam David (Pine Bush, NY) and 37th-place first-year Willard McNitt (Winnetka, IL). Page struck again in the 1,500-meter run - he grabbed fifth place, ahead of Kitchell's 11th-place finish and David's 39th-place stand. First-year David Schreiner (Manhattan Beach, CA) exploded for second place in the 3,000-meter run, ahead of seventh-place sophomore Zeke Phillips (Newton, MA), ninth-place senior James Johndrow (Blue Hill, ME) and 19th-place first-year Evan Guiney (Cooperstown, NY). Standout junior John Stanton-Geddes (Glendale, MO) made his way to third place in the 5,000-meter run, leading sophomore Matthew Katz (Tallahassee, FL) and senior tri-captain Alex Lenkoski (Wethersfield, CT), who scored respective seventh- and 11th-place times. 

Senior tri-captain Pat Hayes (E. Bridgewater, MA) had a good day, with a definitive second place time in the 55-meter hurdles. The Amherst 4x400-meter relay team followed through with a fifth-place showing, and Whiting closed the Amherst day out with a second-place performance in the triple jump. 

On Saturday, the men and women's teams will travel to Dartmouth College, before returning to Wesleyan the following week.