Outdoor Track Teams Battle Elements at Sprinfield Invitational

April 7, 2003 

SPRINGFIELD, MA - Despite winter weather conditions, the Amherst men's and women's outdoor track teams posted strong individual performances at Sunday's Springfield College Invitational, originally slated to take place at Trinity College. On Saturday, the squad will run at the Williams Relays, hosted by Williams College, before beginning its series of championship meets. 

Senior tri-captain Alison Stahl (Amston, CT) kicked things off for the women with fourth place in the 100-meter dash, and then posted a sixth-place time in the 200-meter dash, three-hundredths of a second ahead of seventh-place first-year Julia Rucker (Minneapolis, MN). First-year Jessamyn Connell-Price (Palo Alto, CA) kicked in a second-place time in the 800-meter run, edging out fourth-place classmate Ginger Polich (Ironwood, MI) and fifth-place finisher, senior tri-captain Kate Hamill (New York, NY). Sophomore Carter Hamill (Richmond, VA) grabbed fourth place in the 1,500-meter run, and juniors Aly Venti (Newton, MA) and Erinn White (Watertown, MA) snagged respective second- and fourth-place nods in the 3,000-meter run. Carter Hamill stormed back for first place in the grueling 10,000-meter run, ahead of Springfield's Emily Michaud. 

Meanwhile, Amherst first-year Kristine Morin (Litchfield, NH) took fourth place in the 100-meter hurdles, and classmate Ariel Haney (Fairport, NY) took fourth place in the 400-meter hurdles. Sophomore Alison Rodriguez (Albany, NY) and junior Helen Dole (Shelburne Falls, MA) solidified second and third places in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and Rucker and Morin showed up again in the high jump, tying for third place. Rucker also took home fourth place in the triple jump, and Morin staked her claim with 19th place in the shot put. 

For the men, sophomore Jason Wagstaff (Tewksbury, MA) grabbed fifth place in the 100-meter dash, and junior Janak Chandrasoma (Pasadena, CA) pulled in seventh place in the 200-meter dash. Sophomore Devin LoPresti (Jamaica, NY) ran to 10th place in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore Jack Morgan (Las Vegas, NV) had the performance of the day for the men, a first-place showing in the 800-meter run. Junior Andrew Schneider (Saratoga Springs, NY) speared fifth place in the 1,500-meter run, and second-place sophomore Michael Page (Fargo, ND) crossed the line just ahead of fifth-place junior John Stanton-Geddes (Glendale, MO) in the 5,000-meter run. 

The 4x100-meter relay team pulled through for third place, and junior Julius Nanna (Cogham, England) tacked on a third-place performance in the triple jump. Sophomore Brad Backus (Richmond, VA) took 12th place in the shot put, and then followed through with an 11th-place showing in the discus throw. Junior William Roe (Winter Haven, FL) wrapped up Amherst's loose ends with a 14th-place day in the hammer throw.