Track Teams Compete at Smith College Tartan Invitational

February 9 - The Amherst College men's indoor track and field team placed 11th at the Smith College Tartan Invitational Saturday morning, while the women's team finished in second place in a field of 18 teams. The Lord Jeffs picked up three individual victories on the day, including Nicole Anderson's impressive win in the 5,000-Meter Run.


Valentine Classic at BU and Smith Invite - Feb 8-9

Performers of the Weekend - Elise Tropiano'09 & Mariana Palacios'09 and Will Fairhurst'10 & Mike Harbus'08

Due to splitting the team between two different meets this weekend, a depleted squad took to the track at the Smith College Tartan Invitational, but the team was still able to record some impressive performances. On the men's side, Eric Holaday earned the lone victory of the day, winning in 9:08.82. He was followed by Ben Mears in fourth, Will Fairhurst (who won the second heat handily) in eighth and Travis Cohoon in 15th. Tom Anderson took the runner-up spot in the 1000 with a 2:37.91 and also anchored the 4x400 relay team to a sixth-place finish. He was joined on that relay by Ryan Drost, Keith Pendergrass, and Steve Shashy. Anthony Fuller continued his string of strong performances in the 55, qualifying for the final once again and finishing sixth in 6.86. Pendergrass (ninth, 53.98) and Shashy (11th, 55.18) represented the team in the 400, and Ryan Drost made his 800 meter debut, finishing 10th. Ben Read moved up to the mile where he finished 13th.

On the women's side, the distance runners showed their dominance by going 1-2-3-5-6 in the 5,000 with Nicole Anderson (18:20.13), Hallie Schwab (18:38.52—college debut/PR), Liz Dalton (18:39.03 PR), Cate Knuff (18:44.64 PR), and Katie Moravec (19:07.09) running well. The 800 was another good event for Amherst, with Hoiwan Cheung finished third in 2:26.87 and Mariana Palacios running a six-second PR of 2:28.17 to take fifth. Jennifer Rybak had a busy day, advancing to the hurdle final with a 9.62 qualifier and then taking seventh in the final. She teamed up with Mattie Baker, Emily Dick, and Kate Silverman in the 4x200 relay to run 1:51.22 and take second. She blew away her heat of the 200 meters and finished fourth overall in 28.04. Finally, she added an eighth-place finish in the long jump for good measure. The rest of the sprint crew also had a good day, with several other athletes running personal bests. Silverman won the 400 in 63.45. Baker qualified for the dash final and finished seventh in 7.94. She also finished 13th in the 200. Dick took ninth in the 200 and 13th in the 55. Kat Loomis finished 12th in the 200 and 20th in the 55 hurdles. Silverman, Cheung, Palacios, and Loomis teamed up to finish third in the 4x400. Melissa Pritchard had her best race of the season to finish third in the mile, with Lauren Benson finishing 11th in her best time of the season. The two doubled back in the 1000, where they were joined by Cara Giaimo (18th), who was running her first race of the season.

On Friday, the several of the women headed into BU while the men went in on Saturday, to compete at the very competitive Valentines Classic where runners from across all three Divisions and club athletes competed. Elise Tropiano and Heather Wilson competed in the second section of the Championship 3k, and after both runners went through the mile in 5:15, Elise wound up placing 13th overall - 3rd in the heat - with a new PR by a few seconds, while Heather came in shortly after, placing 18th overall and just off of her best time. Carly Levenson, Susie Wasserman and Mary Doris Reggie all raced in the same section of the 800, and the trio got their best times - just missing breaking the 2:20 mark. Zandra Walton placed 24th in the 1000 in a season best time, despite having tired out the legs earlier with her run in the mile.

On Saturday, the men took to the track and a lot of PR's and Indoor bests were lowered once the day had finished. Peter Harrison got the day started in the mile, and he ran a smart race to lower his best time considerably as he ran 4:17. In the next section, Jimmy Swanson dropped his best time by 5 seconds and got under 4:20 for the first time with his 4:19 and John McGrail followed up with a 4:25 effort. Basile Beaty did not have his best race, but even despite that he was able to get under 1:59 for the first time indoors, and in the next heat, Pete doubled back with a 1:58 effort as well. Peter Foote raced the 3k, and not only did he hot the qualifying marks for the championships but also dropped 7 seconds off of his previous best time with a perfectly run race. In the 5k, Mike Harbus and Florian Reichert ran in the same section, and after going through the 2 Mile in 9:38 and 9:42, they started to separate and in the last 2 laps, Mike made a big move to take the lead and was able to hold off a hard charging runner to grab the section win - placing 44th overall - and in the process, also broke the 15 minute for the first time ever. Flo raced to a 15:14 in his first crack at an indoor 5k. Daniel Murner followed in the next section, and like everyone else for the day, executed his race plan perfectly and kept himself in contention the whole way and just missed his best time ever by a couple of seconds, but lowered nearly a minute off of his 5k time from a year ago.