Apr. 20 - The Amherst College men's and women's track and field teams hosted participants from Trinity, Williams and WPI this afternoon for a mid-week meet on campus. There was no team scoring to the event.
Amherst Mid-Week - April 20
With favorable conditions on Tuesday afternoon, the Amherst College Lord Jeffs traveled nowhere. Yes, finally, a rare home competition! For some, it was a workout, for some a tune up, and for others, a last chance to achieve conference qualifying marks, but all enjoyed and took advantage of the opportunity to compete casually in a familiar environment against a handful of athletes from conference rivals Williams and Trinity. Among the athletes who took most advantage of Tuesdays meet was the Lord Jeff weight squad. On the men's side, both junior Pierce Kelley and first year Denzel Duncan blew the lid off their previous PRs in the javelin throw. The former by nearly five meters, and the latter by a whopping 13. Both qualified for conference championships. On the women's side, sophomore Jordan Roehl connected on her first throw of the hammer to break her own school record, sending the implement nearly 41 meters. In the shot put, Roehl broke with a throw of 12.46m a school record that had stood for a quarter of a century. Elsewhere in the field, first year Jess Mueller and senior Jen Rybak both marked PRs in the high jump, achieving post-season marks along the way. Also in the jumps, first years Landrus Lewis and Robert Johnson made marks in the triple jump that will carry them into championships, while junior Thebe Tsatsimpe continued to demonstrate his potential, jumping 13.67m.
On the oval, the first event pitted Amherst against Amherst in the men's 4x100 meter relay. Both teams got the stick around, with the team comprising sophomore Spencer Russell, first year Ofori Amponsah, junior Thebe Tsatsimpe, and sophomore Andrew Reed besting the team of junior Mike Dolmatch, first year Robert Johnson, junior Ryan Drost, and first year Thomas Matthew. In the men's 800m run, first year Adron Pitmon finished second, trailed closely by sophomore Ben Scheetz who has showed steady and encouraging improvement over the last ten days. In the second heat, senior Ben Klein marked his fastest time on the season. On the women's side, sophomore Melissa Sullivan barely edged senior captain Mary Doris Reggie 2:16.38 to 2:16.46, both best times. First year Lauren Almeida finished third in 2:22.39. In the short sprints, Thomas Matthew lowered both his 100 and 200m PRs, and junior Thebe Tsatsimpe broke the challenging 23-second barrier in the 200. Andrew Reed, Sean Legister, Tommy Moore, Spencer Russell, Chris Erickson, and Mike Dolmatch all marked PRs in the event as well. Finally, in the afternoon's long event, the 1500m run, Amherst claimed positions one through four. Junior Will Yochum lit up the track, punching the clock at 3:50.20, an NCAA auto time; classmate Steve Corsello finished in 3:57.51; and seniors Will Bell and Carlyle Eubank marked 4:00.51 and 4:02.86. Senior captain Sophie Galleher took the women's race in 4:47.32, followed closely by classmate and fellow captain Hoiwan Cheung in 4:49.55, and first year Sarah Daly with an impressive PR of 4:50.81.