December 3 - The Amherst College indoor track season began this past Saturday at the Husky Carnival on the campus of Northeastern University. The Lord Jeffs were led by a first-place finish in the 1-mile run by junior Caitlin McDermott-Murphy.
Husky Invite - December 1st
Performer of the Meet - Susan Wasserman'11 and Rom Cabeza'08
While the majority of the team will get their track season started in January, as they are coming off a break from Cross Country, a few people who did XC and those who have been training this fall got the 2007-08 season underway at the Husky Carnival. While limited in terms of overall numbers, it provides a great opportunity for people to see where they are at in terms of fitness, and also provides a nice introduction to college racing for the first years! The meet was split into 2 sessions - with the women going first, and the men running in the afternoon session. Heather Wilson, coming off of her All-American run in XC postponed her training break to try and nab an NCAA Qualifier in the 5k - which she provisionally did, as she ran 17:23 to finish 3rd overall. Caitlin Murphy, also putting her training break on hold for this meet, convincingly won the mile in a 5:04 (just missing an NCAA Mark) as she pulled away form the field with 3 laps to go. Susan Wasserman got her college debut started in fine fashion as she ran a very quick 1:22 in the 500 to win her section, and then came back later to run a very strong relay leg to help the team of Kate Silverman, Hoiwan Cheung and carly Levenson placed 12th. Carly looked very strong in the 800, as she raced to a 12th place finish in 2:24 - considerably quicker then her results from a year ago, and showing good wheels to anchor the relay as well. Also in the 800 and the relay, and looking strong, was Hoiwan who placed 18th overall. Kate placed 19th in the 500, while in the same event, Zoe Pagonis and Mariana Palacios finished back to back in their section. Mattie Baker had the top time of the day in the short sprints - both the 55 and the 200 - for the team.
Rom Cabeza looked very strong in the 800, as he established himself early and stayed focus in the last lap to grab 3rd place overall, and get under 2:00 in his first crack at the event. Taylor Perkins had a very impressive collegiate debut he won both of his sections - first in the 400 and then later, in the 200. Ryan Drost, likewise, was also successful as he won his section of the 500 comfortably in a time of 72 seconds. Steve Shashy, the captain of the squad ran his best time ever in the 400, and nearly PR'd in the 200 on his way through to the finish. Keith Pendergrass, running in the same section of the 400 as Taylor, came in just a few steps behind, while James Esdaile made his debut running well in the 200 and 400. Carlyle Eubank put his XC break on hold in hopes of a fast qualifying mark in the 5000 but looked as though the season had been long enough as he struggled a bit in the last few laps.