WALTHAM, MA – In their first scoring meets of the season, the Amherst College men's and women's indoor track and field teams each placed third at the 2010 Reggie Poyau Memorial Invitational at Brandeis University. The Lord Jeffs will return to action Saturday, Jan. 23, when they head to Wesleyan University for a 10 a.m. meet.
The host Judges placed first in a field of six teams with 189 points in the women's meet, with Bowdoin College close behind at 178 points and Amherst rounding out the top three with 139. Southern Maine led a field of seven teams on the men's side (238.5), finishing ahead of runner-up Bowdoin (191) and third-place Amherst (105).
First-year sprinter Jade McKnight (Pasadena, CA) continued to stand out for the Lord Jeffs by winning the 200-meter dash with a time of 27.95 seconds and placing fourth in the 55-meter dash (7.89), as she accounted for 15 of the team's points.
Sophomore middle distance runner Melissa Sullivan (Dallas, TX) ran the mile in 5:08.08 to give the Jeffs another 10 points. She nearly pulled out a second win in the 1,000-meter run, but her runner-up time of 3:01.87 was a mere four-tenths of a second behind Beth Pisarik of Brandeis.
Amherst took the top two spots in the 600- and 5,000-meter run, with seniors Mary Doris Reggie (Crowley, LA) and Sophia Galleher (Denver, CO) edging their younger teammates in each race. Reggie's 1:41.02 in the 600 was one one-hundredth of a second ahead of junior Susan Wasserman (Brooklyn, NY), while Galleher's 18:49.07 was just 0.39 seconds faster than first-year Ali Simeone (Stoneham, MA) in the 5k.
In an event that saw Amherst runners take three of the top seven spots, senior Hoiwan Cheung (Hanover, NH) ran a 2:22.24 to finish a split second behind the runner-up in the 800-meter run. First-year Sarah Daly (Wheaton, IL) led the way for the Lord Jeffs in the 3k by placing fifth with a 10:42.74. Daly and Galleher also teamed up with senior Caroline Darmody (Coral Gables, FL) and sophomore Marlis Gnirke (Wellesley, MA) to place second in the 4x800-meter relay.
Leading Amherst in the field events was first-year Jess Mueller (East Freetown, MA), who placed fourth in the triple jump (10.15m) and fifth in the long jump (4.64m). Mueller also picked up points for Amherst by finishing fifth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:05.85.
Junior Thebe Tsatsimpe (Johannesburg, South Africa) continued his impressive season for the Amherst men in the field events by winning the long jump at 6.48 meters. The Lord Jeffs also picked up wins in the 1,000-meter run and 4x800 relay, with sophomore Ben Scheetz (Lancaster, PA) and first-year Adron Pitmon (Underhill, VT) taking the top two spots in the 1k with times of 2:32.93 and 2:34.38, respectively. The winning relay team was comprised of sophomore Chris Erickson (Concord, MA) and juniors Michael Dolmatch (New York, NY), Ryan Drost (New Milford, CT) and Chris Eaton (Brooklyn, NY), who completed the race in 8:04.38.
Amherst just missed out on another pair of wins in the track events, as senior Daniel Murner (Crestwood, KY) and first-year Pat Grimes (Mansfield, MA) were each edged by a Brandeis runner. Murner ran the 3k in 8:44.91, just 0.46 seconds behind Devon Holgate, while Grimes' 2:00.33 in the 800 was only 0.19 seconds slower than Aaron Udel. Murner also placed seventh in the 1-mile run (4:30.71), with senior Kit Callahan (Evanston, IL) just ahead in fifth place (4:30.14). Also putting in a solid performance in the distance events was junior Kevin Hanley (Manhattan Beach, CA), who ran a 16:14.29 to finish fourth in the 5k.
Amherst's best sprint event was the 400-meter dash, as the Lord Jeffs took the third, fourth, fifth and sixth spots. Sophomore Andrew Reed (Riverside, CT) led the way at 51.60, with juniors Tommy Moore (Marlborough, MA), Tsatsimpe and Andre Gary (Exeter, NH) close behind in a field of 21 runners. Sophomore Spencer Russell (West Chesterfield, NH) placed fourth in the 55-meter dash (6.96 seconds), while first-year Ofori Amponsah (Cleveland, OH) ran a 24.60 to finish seventh in the 200-meter dash.