Defending NCAA Champ Carter Hamill Qualifies for Nationals, Paces Track Teams at ECAC Indoor Championships

March 3, 2003 

MEDFORD, MA - Defending national champion Carter Hamill (Richmond, VA) qualified for the NCAA National Championship meet for the second straight season with a blistering time in the 5,000-meter run, as the Amherst men's and women's indoor track teams competed at this weekend's ECAC Championship meet at Tufts University. Hamill, a sophomore who has earned multiple All-America accolades, also combined with senior tri-captain Kate Hamill (New York, NY) and first-years Jessamyn Connell-Price (Palo Alto, CA) and Lyndsey Scott (West Orange, NJ) to qualify for Nationals in the Distance Medley Relay, breaking the school record by 13 seconds en route to a fourth-place finish. The women's team finished 21st in the team standings, behind overall winner Wheaton College. Meanwhile, the men ran to a 20th-place finish, behind first-place The College of New Jersey. 

The women's weekend was buttressed by first-year Ginger Polich (Ironwood, MI), who posted a fifth-place time in the 1,000-meter run, and by the 4x400-meter and 4x800-meter relay teams, which notched respective eighth- and sixth-place finishes. The men picked up points via a fifth-place time in the 1,500-meter run from junior notable John Stanton-Geddes (Glendale, MO), and a follow-up fifth-place showing from classmate Andrew Schneider (Saratoga Springs, NY) in the 1,000-meter run. The 4x800-meter relay team kicked in a second-place performance to round out the Amherst weekend. 

The women's Distance Medley squad will run for the title on Friday, at Indiana's DePauw University. Carter Hamill will suit up again for the 5,000-meter decision on Saturday.