WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – On a day in which unfavorable conditions prevented any spectacular times or distances, the Amherst College outdoor track and field teams each placed second at the Little Three Championships, hosted by Williams College. Competitors were met with a constant drizzle, cold temperatures and lightning.
The host Ephs won the men's and women's titles with scores of 187 and 183, respectively. Amherst earned scores of 122 (women) and 115 (men), with Wesleyan rounding out the field at 84 (women) and 83 (men).
Amherst took home 10 Little Three titles on the day, six of which came from the men's team. Standing out in the sprints was first-year Ofori Amponsah (Cleveland, OH), who won the 100-meter dash (11.31s) and placed second in the 200 (23.17s). The 100-meter dash was a particularly strong event for the Jeffs, who took the top five spots.
The Amherst men came away with the 800-, 1500- and 5000-meter runs. The Jeffs earned four of the top five finishes in the 800, with Will Yochum '11 (Goleta, CA) leading the way at 1:53.78. Dan Murner '10 (Crestwood, KY) won the 1500 by just missing the four-minute mark (4:01.01), while John McGrail '11 (Arlington, VA) was the first to finish the 5k (15:21.86).
Teaming up to win the 4x400-meter relay were Kit Callahan '10 (Evanston, IL), Steve Corsello '11 (Skaneateles, NY), Michael Dolmatch '11 (New York, NY) and Ryan Drost '11 (New Milford, CT), who ran a 3:26.18.
Rounding out the Lord Jeff winners was Thebe Tsatsimpe '11 (Johannesburg, South Africa), who placed first in the long jump (6.63m), second in the triple jump (13.51m) and 100-meter dash (11.34s), and third in the high jump (1.76m) during an outstanding all-around meet.
Jordan Roehl '12 (Portales, NM) accounted for two of the Amherst women's four wins, taking home Little Three titles in the shot put (10.86m) and hammer throw (37.22m). Roehl also placed third in the discus (29.87m) and javelin (19.99m) throws.
Picking up wins in the track events were sophomore Melissa Sullivan (Dallas, TX) and senior Sophia Galleher (Denver, CO). Sullivan was the first to finish the 1,500-meter run (4:40.51), while Galleher ran an NCAA provisional time of 17:27.15 in the 5k.
The Lord Jeffs will return to action Tuesday, Apr. 20, when they host their only home meet of the season.
Championship Team Scores
1. Williams (183)
2. Amherst (122)
3. Wesleyan (84)
1. Williams (187)
2. Amherst (115)
3. Wesleyan (83)