Amherst Hosts Little Three Championships; Williams Claims Men's, Women's Titles

April 19 - Amherst College hosted the 2008 Outdoor Track Little Three Championships Saturday afternoon, with the Lord Jeff women placing second and the men finishing third. Williams College earned the men's title and the women's title with scores of 182 and 169, respectively.


Little Three's - April 19th

Performer of the Meet - Sarah Leyman'11 and Anthony Fuller'09

With a picture perfect day, and many friend and family trackside cheering the teams on, the men and women took to their home track to take on Wesleyan and Williams in the annual Little Three Championship. While Williams again came out on top, the women and men split with Wesleyan as the ladies finished 2nd while the men finished 3rd. The women got a big day from first year Sarah Leyman - a basketball stud who decided to try her hand at track, having never thrown before this spring. With her victory in the hammer (to go along with 2nd place finishes in both the shot and discus) she became the first Amherst women's thrower to win a throwing event (SP, Ham or Disc) in at least a decade. On the track, the team got wins by Elise Tropiano - who led a 1-5 finish for Amherst - in the 5k, Zandra Walton who, along with Caitlin Murphy, went 1-2 in the 1500, Susie Wasserman with a win in the 400 Hurdles, Sophie Galleher in the steeplechase, and then the 4x400 relay consisting of Carly Levenson, Mary Doris Reggie, Kristen Ballinger and Susie Wasserman capped off the day with a victory. In addition to several victories, the team got some great marks by Mary Doris in the 800, as she just missed breaking the 2:20 barrier; Liz Dalton and Mercedes Taylor had a great race working together in the 1500 to lower their best times; Kathryn Loomis made her debut in the 400 hurdles successful, to go along with her season's best time in the high hurdles earlier in the day; the steeplechase also provided for debuts by several first years as hallie Schwab, Melissa Pritchard and cara Giaimo each took to the barriers for the first time while Katie Moravec grabbed a runner-up spot; Jenny Mancino had a big jump in the high jump to grab 2nd; Jennifer Rybak was at all ends of the track competing in numerous field events and Emily Dick was the top sprinter in the 100 and 200 for the team with her best times of the season.

As they have been doing throughout the first part of the season, Jimmy Swanson and Peter Harrison again led the team. This time the pair was split up, as Pete did the 1500 and Jimmy was in the 800 but each walked away with a victory decided on final home stretch kicks to pull away from the fields. Anthony Fuller lowered his best times considerably in both the 100 and 200 as he was the top finisher in both. Keith Pendergrass had a strong finish, with Captain Steve Shashy again hot on his heels as both were well under 53 seconds in the 400; Basile Beaty won the 2nd section of the 800 as he just missed breaking the 2 minute barrier; Ryan Drost had a strong race in the 400 hurdles to hit a qualifying mark for DIII NE's and also dabbled in the jumping events; Sean Legister, Michael Dolmatch and Larry Thompson each raced considerably quicker then they had thus far in the 100 and 200 while "Legs" also enjoyed some success in the long and high jump, Mike Harbus, Will Yochum and Daniel Murner went 3,5,6 in the 5k and Peter Foote finished 2nd in the steeplechase in his best time of the season. The throwers had a strong day as both Ryan Bone and Chris Eaton each PR'd in both the discus and hammer, with Chris also getting over 12 meters in the SP. At the javelin, both Kit Callahan and Shash also recorded their best marks. In the days final event, the 4 x 400, the Amherst contingent of Basile, Keith, Petey and Jimbo raced Williams all the way to the wire en route to running 3:25 and finishing 2nd