Amherst Teams Compete at 2010 Valentine Invitational

BOSTON, MA – Members of the Amherst College men's and women's indoor track and field teams traveled to the campus of Boston University to compete in the 2010 Valentine Invitational over the weekend. There was no team scoring for the event, but a handful of Lord Jeff athletes performed very well among a field that included mostly Division I teams.

Amherst's best result of the weekend came in the men's 5k event, where distance runner Daniel Murner (Crestwood, KY) won by nearly two full seconds with a time of 14:24.22 to take the top spot on the podium. Murner's time was tops within a field of 97 runners, and was fast enough to automatically qualify for the 2010 NCAA Championships.

The Amherst men's 4x400-meter relay team of Andre Gary (Exeter, NH), Tommy Moore (Marlborough, MA), Andrew Reed (Riverside, CT) and Ben Scheetz (Lancaster, PA) finished in 13th place in the finals of its race, but broke the school record by nearly three seconds with a time of 3:18.48.

On the women's side, Amherst junior Susan Wasserman (Brooklyn, NY) finished in 15th place in the 500-meter dash. Wasserman's time of 1:19.37 helped lift her to one of the Lord Jeff women's best finishes of the weekend. Teammate Melissa Sullivan (Dallas, TX) finished in 16th place in the mile event, coming in at 4:58.91. The pair joined with teammates Jade McKnight (Pasadena, CA) and Mary Doris Reggie (Crowley, LA) in the women's 4x400-meter relay, finishing in 17th place with a time of 4:01.58.

Both Amherst teams will head to Maine next weekend for the Division III New England Championships. The women's competition is on Saturday at the University of Southern Maine, while the men will compete at Bates College.