Amherst Track Teams Wrap Up NESCAC Championships

CLINTON, NY - The Amherst College men's and women's track and field teams competed at the 2008 NESCAC Championships today at host Hamilton College. The Lord Jeff women's team placed 4th, while the men's squad took 9th.

Amherst's first top performance on the men's team came from first-year Peter Harrison (Concord, NH) in the 1500 meter run, taking a second overall with a time of 3:54.12. Shortly after, teammates Jimmy Swanson (New Orleans, LA) took third in the 800 meter run with a 1:53.01.

Men - Team Rankings - 21 Events Scored
1) Williams College 195 
2) Tufts university 183 
3) Bates College 84.50 
4) Wesleyan University 67 
5) Trinity College 54 
6) Hamilton College 49 
7) Middlebury College 44 
8) Bowdoin College 40 
9) Amherst College 39 
10) Colby College 32.50
11) Connecticut College 30 

On the women's side, Amherst once again dominated the long distance running events. In the 10,000 meter event, the Jeff duo of junior Elise Tropiano (Plainview, NY) and Heat(her Wilson (Danvers, MA) took the one and two spots, respectively. Tropiano took the title with a 36:09.24, while Wilson placed second with a 37:33.43.

In the 3000 meter steeplechase, Amherst's Sophia Galleher (Denver, CO) played the traditional role of a Lord Jeff runner performing well in the event. With a time of 11:31.15, the sophomore placed fourth overall.

First-year Kristen Ballinger (Wenatchee, WA) performed well in the 400 meter dash at her first NESCAC Championships. With a blazing time of 57.66, the rookie took second place. 

Amherst put a trio of runners in the top five of the 5000 meter run, led by senior Kim Partee (Brentwood, TN) placing second with an 18:13.36. She was followed closely by classmate Katie Moravec (Chico, CA) in third place with an 18:16.54, and junior teammate Nicole Anderson in fifth place with an 18:20.28.

Women - Team Rankings - 21 Events Scored
1) Williams College 160.50 
2) Tufts university 120 
3) Middlebury College 119.50 
4) Amherst College 74.50
5) Colby College 71.50 
6) Bowdoin College 66 
7) Bates College 62 
8) Wesleyan University 53 
9) Hamilton College 48 
10) Trinity College 34 
11) Connecticut College 10