January 19 - The Amherst College indoor track and field teams returned to action at Brandeis University's Reggie Poyau Invitational. The Lord Jeffs earned five first-place finishes on the day, with the men taking seventh place overall and the women placing third.
Brandeis Invitational January 19th
Performer of the Meet - Cate Knuff'10 and Peter Harrison'11
The men's 3k runners got things started on a good note with Mike Harbus running away with the race in 8:47.53 and Peter Harrison out kicking two runners to finish in 8:51.83 and give Amherst the 1-2. They were backed up by Daniel Murner (7th, 9:03.58), John McGrail (10th, 9:06.36), Eric Holaday (12th, 9:08.42), Travis Cohoon (16th, 9:24.86), and Stephen Grigelevich (19th, 9:30.88). The women's 5,000 was up next with Cate Knuff and Liz Dalton working together well and moving up throughout the race to finish in 19:05.47 PR (2nd) and 19:06.41 (3rd) respectively. Kate Silverman (9th, 9.79) led the 55m hurdlers in her first attempt at the event and narrowly missed making the final. She was followed by Kat Loomis (10.37) and Jennifer Rybak (10.40). Anthony Fuller, a football player in the fall, made a strong showing in his first collegiate track meet, running 6.78 in the 55m dash and advancing to the final where he finished fifth in 6.85. In the women's dash, Mattie Baker (7th, 7.98) scored for the team and was followed by Emily Dick (12th, 8.14). The team was well-represented in the mile, with five guys either running it as their second event or the first part of a double. Jimmy Swanson led the way (8th, 4:33.57) and Mike Harbus (9th, 4:34.51) doubled back well after his 3k win. In the women's mile, Heather Wilson (1st, 5:08.84), Elise Tropiano (2nd, 5:08.95) and Zandra Walton (3rd, 5:15.74) put in a nice showing to sweep the top three spots. Taylor Perkins picked up points with a fifth-place finish (53.25) in the 400, as did Carly Levenson (3rd, 62.26) and Kate Silverman (6th, 63.73). Susie Wasserman (1:40.89) and Mary Doris Reggie (1:40.98) provided another highlight for the team, finishing 1-2 in the 600. Hoiwan Cheung (6th, 1:45.88) also picked up points. On the men's side, Ryan Drost finished eighth in 1:27.84. Jimmy Swanson (4th, 2:04.18) and Tom Anderson (sixth, 2:05.40) doubled back from the mile and earned top finishes in the 800. Zandra Walton bounced back well after the mile and finished second in the 1000 in 3:06.97. Peter Harrison led the men with a 7th place finish (2:40.88) after already having run the 3000. The women's 3k was another dominant event for Amherst, where Heather (10:22.36) and Elise (10:22.52) duplicated their 1-2 finish from the mile, and were also backed up by strong performances from Caitlin McDermott-Murphy (3rd, 10:26.98), Hallie Schwab (4th, 10:42.01), Katie Moravec (6th, 10:55.40), and Christina Wong (10th, 11:20.16). The women's 4x400 relay squad of Susan Wasserman, Jennifer Rybak, Mary Doris Reggie, and Carly Levenson finished the meet off with a win in 4:12.