Amherst Places 16 on NESCAC All-Conference Teams

AMHERST, MA - Following the completion of the 2009 NESCAC Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the 2009 NESCAC All-Conference Team has been announced. The top three finishers in each event during the championship, hosted by Connecticut College on Apr. 25, receive All-Conference recognition, with 16 members of the Amherst College teams claiming the honor this year. Of those 16 were three Lord Jeff men's team members who grabbed honors in multiple events.

On the women's side, Amherst saw five members of the 2009 squad make the All-Conference ranks, including one relay team and an individual. The quartet of Hoiwan Cheung (Hanover, MA), Molly Priedman (Wayzata,MN), Eliza Schlach (Bethesda, MD) and Melissa Sullivan (Dallas, TX) teamed up in the 4x800-Meter Relay to take third place behind Middlebury and Bowdoin with a time of 9:25.78. They are joined by teammate Susan Wasserman (Brooklyn, NY), who placed third in the 400-Meter Hurdles.

The Lord Jeff men placed 11 members on the All-Conference team, including a trio of relay teams. Amherst's Distance Medley Relay team of William Bell (Silver Spring, MD), Kit Callahan (Evanston, IL), Jimmy Swanson (New Orleans, LA), and Will Yochum (Goleta, CA) won the event by over five seconds, while the 4x100 and 4x400 Amherst squads each placed third. Earning All-Conference honors for both the 4x100 and 4x400 were Anthony Fuller (Millbury, MA), Tommy Moore (Marlborough, MA) and Andrew Reed (Riverside, CT), while Sean Legister (Ossining, NY) joined them in the 4x100 and Stephen Stewart (Hartford, CT) in the 4x400.

Also earning All-Conference honors for the Amherst men were Peter Foote (Shelburne, VT) for his second place in the 3000-Meter Steeplechase, and Daniel Murner (Crestwood, KY) for his second in the 5000-Meter Run. With 11 nominees, Amherst was second to just eventual team champion Williams College in the total number of All-Conference selections.

Both the Amherst men's and women's teams will return to action this weekend when they compete at the Division III New England Championships at Springfield College. The two-day event held May 2-3 will start at 6 p.m. Saturday and resume Sunday at 10 a.m.