Amherst Women Fifth, Men Ninth at NESCAC Championships

April 25, 2004 

HARTFORD, CT - Led by several stellar performances, including three first-place finishes in the distance events, the Amherst women finished fifth at the NESCAC Championship Meet, hosted by Trinity College on Saturday, while the men, led by junior Jack Morgan's (Las Vegas, NV) victory in the 800-meter run, placed ninth. Williams College captured both team championships. 

Less than 48 hours after a fourth-place finish in the 10,000-meter run at the Penn Relays, junior All-America and two-time indoor 5k national champion Carter Hamill (Richmond, VA) placed first in the 5,000-meter run, setting a NESCAC record with her time of 17:02.78. Fellow All-America first-year Shauneen Garrahan (Fairfax Station, VA), who set a new school record in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at Penn, grabbed first place in the 1,500-meter run by just under a second, earning automatic qualification to the NCAA Championship Meet and setting another school record with her time of 4:33.91. Senior Aly Venti (Newton, MA), also coming off a strong performance at Penn Relays, placed first in the 10,000-meter run, outdistancing the competition by almost half a minute. 

Other top performances included sophomore Margaret Davis's (Richmond, VA) third-place finish in the 10k, sophomore All-America Ginger Polich's (Ironwood, MI) fourth-place finish in the 800-meter run, and junior Lee-Jay Henry (Springfield, MA) and classmate Alison Rodriguez's (Albany, NY) eighth-place finishes in the triple jump and the 3k steeplechase, respectively. Sophomore All-America Ariel Haney (Fairport, NY) placed ninth in the 400-meter hurdles, while classmates Kristine Morin (Litchfield, NH) and Julia Rucker (Minneapolis, MN) finished ninth and 10th in the javelin and the 400-meter dash, respectively. Amherst's 4x400-meter relay squad grabbed second place, while their 4x800-meter relay squad finished fourth. 

For the men, junior All-America David Molina (Cleveland, OH) placed third in the 1,500-meter run, while senior All-America Janak Chandrasoma (Pasadena, CA) finished fourth in the 200-meter dash and sixth in the 400-meter dash. Sophomore David Schreiner (Manhattan Beach, CA) placed eighth in the 5,000-meter run, while senior Julius Nanna finished ninth in the triple jump. Amherst's distance medley relay squad of Morgan, Molina, Chandrasoma and fellow senior John Stanton-Geddes (Glendale, MO) captured first place, while Amherst's 4x100-meter relay team placed fourth. 

Amherst returns to action this weekend at the New England Division III Championships. The women's meet will be hosted by Springfield College, while the men will travel to Williams.