Jeffs Take Flight at Wesleyan's Cardinal Invitational

February 8, 2003 

MIDDLETOWN, CT - The Amherst men's and women's indoor track teams proved themselves amidst a bevy of NESCAC and regional competitors at Saturday's Wesleyan University Cardinal Invitational, posting a slew of notable individual performances in preparation for next weekend's regular season finale at Tufts University. 

For the men, first-year Ngai Otieno (Gloucester, MA) made his mark at Wesleyan. Otieno pulled in a first-place, 6.68-second time in the 55-meter dash, before notching a fourth-place finish in the 400-meter dash and placing second in the long jump. Junior Janak Chandrasoma (Pasadena, CA) led all Amherst finishers in the 400-meter dash with a sixth-place 53.76-second time. Sophomore Nathaniel Mahlberg (Madison, WI) tacked on a fifth-place time in the 500-meter run, and junior Andrew Schneider (Saratoga Springs, NY) took home third place in the 800-meter run. First-year Fraser Kitchell (Seattle, WA) took home a respectable fourth place in the 1,000-meter run. Amherst dominated the longer events: Sophomore Michael Page (Fargo, ND) and first-year David Schreiner (Manhattan Beach, CA) teamed up for respective first and second places in the 1,500 meter run, and junior phenom John Stanton-Geddes (Glendale, MO) took first in the 3,000-meter run by an eight-second deficit. Sophomore Matthew Katz (Tallahassee, FL) and senior tri-captain Alex Lenkoski (Wethersfield, CT) marked second and third places in the 5,000-meter run. 

Meanwhile, senior tri-captain Pat Hayes (E. Bridgewater, MA) edged out Springfield College's Adam Hughes for second place in the 55-meter hurdles, and juniors Paul Whiting (Mission Viejo, CA) and Julius Nanna (Cobham, England) locked up respective third and fourth places in the triple jump. Junior William Roe (Winter Haven, FL) took 10th place in the shot put. The Amherst relay teams finished out the men's day nicely: the 4x400-meter relay team came in third, and the 4x800-meter team proved dominant, finishing 15 seconds ahead of Springfield College for first place. 

First-year Caitlin Williams (Phoenix, AZ) started the women off with a seventh-place time in the 200-meter dash, and classmate Ariel Haney (Fairport, NY) followed up with a second-place day in the 400-meter dash. Senior tri-captain Kate Hamill (New York, NY) took second place in the 500-meter run, and classmate tri-captain Laurel Kilgour (Clifton Park, NY) clinched second place in the 800-meter run, pacing third place first-year Jessamyn Connell-Price (Palo Alto, CA) and fourth-place first-year Ginger Polich (Ironwood, MI). Junior Helen Dole (Shelburne Falls, MA) and junior Aparna Nancherla (McLean, VA) maintained the Jeff presence with respective second and third places in the 1,000-meter run, and junior Alyson Venti (Newton, MA), first-year Jenny Horowitz (Waban, MA) and senior Alison Dimon (Rye, NY) tacked on a 4-5-6 finish in the 1,500-meter run. Nationally prominent sophomore Carter Hamill (Richmond, VA) cruised to first place in the 3,000-meter run with a 15-second lead over Springfield's Marisa Clapp. 

The Amherst women showed up as a force in the relay events. The 4x400-meter relay team easily took first place over second-place Middlebury College, and the 4x800 delegation beat out Springfield, its closest competitor, by more than 27 seconds. First-year Lyndsey Scott (West Orange, NJ) kept the pressure up; she took first place in the high jump and then added to her collection with another first-place showing in the triple jump. Williams tacked on a second-place performance in the long jump to put the finishing touches on Amherst's day.