Murner, Yochum Lead Track Teams at Boston Indoor Games

BOSTON, MA – The Amherst College men's and women's indoor track and field teams each traveled to face opponents from the NCAA's Divisions I, II and III yesterday afternoon in the 2010 Reebok Boston Indoor Games at Northeastern University's Reggie Lewis Center.  Among a tough field of competitors, Amherst's men finished fifth out of 18 teams, while the Lord Jeff women placed 12th out of 17 squads.

Highlighting the day for the Amherst men's team were the performances of senior Daniel Murner (Crestwood, KY) and junior Will Yochum (Goleta, CA) in the 5K event. Murner turned in a time of 14:52.37 to win the event over a field of 53 runners, narrowly edging Yochum (14:52.47) by less than a step. In the 800-meter run, Amherst sophomore Ben Scheetz (Lancaster, PA) finished on the podium in second place in the finals with a time of 1:54.93.

In the 55-meter dash, Amherst first-year Ofori Amponsah (Cleveland, OH) led three Lord Jeffs in the field of 34 with a 12th place finish in the preliminaries. His time was good enough for best on the team, but not the six-runner final. In the 500-meter dash, junior Tommy Moore (Marlborough, MA) made the finals out of the fifth heat and finished in eighth place with a 1:07.34. 

On the women's side, the overall competition was dominated by Division I teams, including Northeastern, South Florida, and UMass-Amherst. Of the 11 schools that earned more points on the day than Amherst, only one came from Division III. 

Melissa Sullivan (Dallas, TX) was Amherst's top performer in a pair of events. In the 800-meter run, Sullivan finished fifth with a time of 2:17. 83 among a field of 44 runners. She was the top Division III runner in the event, with teammate Hoiwan Cheung (Hanover, NH) finishing as the second Division III competitor in 11th place. Just one spot behind Cheung in 12th place was Amherst's Mary Doris Reggie (Crowley, LA). 

Sullivan was also a bright point for Amherst in the Distance Medley Relay event. Although Amherst placed just off the podium in fourth place, Sullivan and her teammates were once again the top Division III finisher. Both the Amherst men and women will compete next Saturday afternoon at a meet hosted by Smith College at 10 a.m.