April 22 - Amherst College hosted Trinity College in a mid-week outdoor track and field meet this afternoon, as each school's teams got in some good practice before championship season begins. The NESCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships will take place this Saturday at Hamilton College.
Amherst Mid Week - April 22nd
With perfect conditions for competing, the teams took to their home track for the 2nd time in 4 days to compete against Trinity in a non scoring mid week invite. The men got things started with a couple of NCAA qualifying performances in the 1500 where Peter Harrison and Jimmy Swanson followed the early pacing of a really old guy through to the bell, before battling each other and the clock as both finished under 3:54. Behind them, Will Yochum had a solid race finishing 3rd while Daniel Murner and Peter Foote each raced under 4:10. The steeplers of the 1500 race, came back right after in the 400 hurdle to get a little hurdling test with tired legs. Basile Beaty won the 400, just missing breaking 51 seconds while Ryan Drost had a solid race, as he dropped from the hurdles to the flat 400 and ran under 52 seconds. Anthony Fuller won the 100 in a new PR, and then came back on short rest to set his PR in the 200 to win that event as well. Sean Legister jumped over 19 feet in the long jump, as well as running well in the sprints,and Michael Dolmatch lowered his best time in the 100. Ben Read raced to a new PR in the 800 as he finished 4th in 2:01 with Kit Callahan just behind him in 2:02. Off the track and down at the throwing venue, Chris Eaton finally put things together in the hammer as he tossed the hammer to a new PR by nearly 20 feet - on three of his throws - but would not be able to lay claim to king of the circle as Ryan Bone had the further of the throws in the discus and shot put. Sean Legister broke 19 feet in the long jump to narrowly beat Andre Gary and earn the steak dinner!
Away from the track, Sarah Leyman continues to show big improvements and a penchant for drawing a loud, raucous crowd. She won the shot and discus - with a new PR in the discus of 31.80, but the big event was the hammer. Breaking out the three spin, she added an extra 5 meters to her previous best by throwing the ball 38.13 (125 feet one inch) and in the process, besting the old school record set by Julia Whately over 20 years ago! Elise Tropiano and Heather Wilson finished 1-2 in the 1500 to lead the distance contingent to a hard effort in the 1500 - before they embarked for a tempo run before returning to the track for an 800. Katie Moravec had a real nice race to finish 3rd in a new PR, as several runners finished under 5:00 and a few of them with their fastest times. Katie Silverman had a great race in the 400 hurdles to win in 67 seconds, as she led an Amherst quartet of herself, Kathryn Loomis, Jenny Mancino and Zoe Pagonis who all lowered their best times. Susie Wasserman stepped away from the hurdles to focus on the flat 400, and won the event - just missing breaking 60 seconds by the smallest of margins. Kristen Ballinger somehow missed the 400, so raced the 800 instead and raced away from the field with some strong front running to win in 2:14 while Caitlin Murphy finished 2nd running 2:19 while Hoiwan Cheung and mariana Palacios each raced 2:25 and in the 2nd heat - comprised mostly of those who had raced the 1500, Lauren Benson raced to a season's best of 2:38. Kristen, to go along with the 800, also won the 200 with Jennifer Rybak coming in a close 2nd.