Outdoor Track Teams Travel to Williams, Host UMass

April 18, 2003 

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA & AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College men's and women's outdoor track teams geared up for Saturday's Little Three Championships, posting several impressive individual times at last Saturday's Williams Relays and Tuesday's dual meet with cross-town University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

At Williams, sophomore Mike Page (Fargo, ND) headlined the men's side with first place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Sophomore Matthew Katz (Tallahassee, FL) started the day off with fourth place in the two-mile run, and sophomore Brad Backus (Richmond, VA) etched out 14th place in the hammer throw, to go with a 10th-place showing in the shot put. Junior John Stanton-Geddes (Glendale, MO) pulled in fifth place in the 1,500-meter run, and the trio of sophomores Jack Morgan (Las Vegas, NV) and Dave Molina (Cleveland, OH) and junior Andrew Schneider (Saratoga Springs, NY) passed for respective second, third and fourth places in the 800-meter run. The sprint medley relay delegation took third, and rookie James Seltzer (Hull, MA) snagged 14th place in the 200-meter run. Junior Janak Chandrasoma (Pasadena, CA) took sixth place in the 400-meter dash, and sophomore Jason Wagstaff (Tewksbury, MA) turned heads with fourth place in the 100-meter dash. Backus had a sixth-place day in the discus, and the distance medley relay squad proved good for second place. 

On Tuesday, Morgan pulled in first place in the 400-meter run, and Molina, Schneider and Stanton-Geddes pulled off a medals sweep in the 800-meter run. Katz grabbed first in the 1,500-meter run, and the trio of Backus, first-year Nick Canevari (Warwick, NY) and junior William Roe (Winter Haven, FL) swept the shot put. First-year Fraser Kitchell (Seattle, WA) won the steeplechase, and both the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relay teams proved good for first place. 

The women also made their presence known at Williams. First-year Margaret Davis (Richmond, VA) and senior Alison Dimon (Rye, NY) posted eighth- and ninth-place times in the two-mile run, and sophomore Carter Hamill (Richmond, VA) dominated the 5,000-meter run. Sophomore Alison Rodriguez (Albany, NY) and first-year Ginger Polich (Ironwood, MI) took sixth and seventh places in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and first-year Kristine Morin (Litchfield, NH) snagged second place in the 100-meter hurdles. Morin also took fifth place in the high jump and ninth place in the javelin throw. Classmate Jenny Horowitz (Waban, MA) ran to sixth place in the 1,500-meter run, and fellow first-year Julia Rucker (Minneapolis, MN) locked up sixth place in the triple jump. Senior tri-captains Kate Hamill (New York, NY) and Laurel Kilgour (Clifton Park, NY) paced each other for fourth- and fifth-place times in the 800-meter run, and first-years Ariel Haney (Fairport, NY) and Nzingha Tyehemba (New York, NY) came in ninth and 10th in the 400-meter hurdles. First-year Jessamyn Connell-Price (Palo Alto, CA) took over second place in the 400-meter dash. First-year Lyndsey Scott (West Orange, NJ) finished in third place in the 100-meter dash and fourth place in the 200-meter dash, before the distance medley relay contingent pulled together for the win. The 4x400-meter relay team finished in sixth place. 

The meet against UMass was similarly impressive - Carter Hamill, junior Erinn White (Watertown, MA) and Horowitz managed a medals sweep in the 3,200-meter run, following a first-place time from Carter Hamill and a second-place showing from Kate Hamill in the 1,500-meter run.