Men Second, Women Fifth, at Season-Opening Conn. College Outdoor Track Invitational

March 29, 2003 

NEW LONDON, CT - The Amherst men's and women's outdoor track teams began their spring campaigns on a tear on Saturday at the Connecticut College Invitational. For the men, strong performances from all sides contributed to a second place team finish behind the United States Coast Guard Academy. On the women's side, the first-year class showed up in force, lifting Amherst to a first-place finish over second-place Coast Guard. 

Sophomore Matthew Katz (Tallahassee, FL) started things off for the men with a fourth-place day in the 5,000-meter run. The 4x100-meter relay team added a second place time, and a flurry of Amherst runners - junior John Stanton-Geddes (Glendale, MO), sophomore Michael Page (Fargo, ND), junior Andrew Schneider (Saratoga Springs, NY) and sophomore David Molina (Cleveland, OH) - picked up respective fourth, fifth, seventh and eighth places in the 1,500-meter run. Sophomore Nathaniel Mahlberg (Madison, WI) kept the pressure on with a first-place time in the 110-meter hurdles, and junior Janak Chandrasoma (Pasadena, CA) tacked on a fourth-place showing in the 400-meter dash. First-years Julian and James Seltzer (Hull, MA) claimed second and third places in the 100-meter dash, leading eighth-place Julius Nanna. 

Stanton-Geddes showed up again in the 800-meter run; his fifth-place day set the pace for eighth-place sophomore Jack Morgan (Las Vegas, NV). Mahlberg drummed out second place in the 400-meter hurdles, and Chandrasoma, Julian Seltzer and senior tri-captain Brian Hart (Rutland, VT) proved good for second, fourth and sixth places in the 200-meter dash. Senior tri-captain Alex Lenkoski (Wethersfield, CT) took second place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and the 4x400-meter relay team snagged second place behind the United States Merchant Marine Academy.

Nanna turned heads in the long jump, with a seventh-place showing. He followed up with a third-place bid in the triple jump. Sophomore Brad Backus (Richmond, VA) rounded out the men's day with a sixth-place showing in the discus throw, and a seventh-place effort in the shot put. 

The women kick-started their day off on a good note - junior Erinn White (Watertown, MA), senior Alison Dimon (Rye, NY), and first-years Jenny Horowitz (Waban, MA) and Margaret Davis (Richmond, VA) grabbed respective third through sixth places in the 5,000-meter run. The 4x100-meter relay team added points with a third-place finish, before junior Alyson Venti (Newton, MA) and first-year Ginger Polich (Ironwood, MI) unloaded second and third places in the 1,500-meter run. First-year Kristine Morin (Litchfield, NH) and classmate Nzingha Tyehemba (New York, NY) nailed down third and fifth places in the 100-meter hurdles, and senior tri-captain Alison Stahl (Amston, CT) grabbed fourth place in the 400-meter dash. 

Polich battled to first place in the 800-meter run; her 2:24.78 beat out Keene State College's second-place Laurie Yorgensen, and set the stage for Venti's fifth-place time. First-year Ariel Haney (Fairport, NY), sophomore Monica Westin (Lexington, KY) and Tyehemba dominated the 400-meter hurdles, taking home a respective medals sweep. Stahl and Morin snagged fifth and eighth places in the 200-meter dash, and the 4x400-meter relay B team ran to second place, leading the fifth-place A team. Morin proved herself again via a first-place day in the javelin throw, and then finished her day with a fifth-place showing in the long jump; first-year Lyndsey Scott (West Orange, NJ) took first place in the long jump, and classmate Julia Rucker (Minneapolis, MN) and Stahl followed Morin with sixth and seventh places. Scott doubled back for another gold, this time in the triple jump, prompting Rucker to add her own fifth-place flourish to the event. Haney, Scott and Rucker ended the Amherst day fittingly, with first, second and fourth-place showings in the high jump.