Lord Jeffs Win Six Individual Titles at NESCAC Championships

MEDFORD, MA – The Amherst College men's and women's outdoor track and field teams combined for six individual victories Saturday afternoon at the 2010 NESCAC Championships, which were held at Tufts University's Dussault Track and Field Complex. The Lord Jeff men put in the best performance in program history by placing fourth with 100 points, while the women finished seventh with 57 points.

Amherst's men took home five titles on the day, four of which came in the track events. The team's 100 points are the most ever earned at the conference championships, while the fourth-place finish is also a program-best.

Less than 48 hours after putting in a dominant performance in the 10k at the Penn Relays, Dan Murner '10 (Crestwood, KY) continued his outstanding senior campaign by being crowned NESCAC champion in the 5k. His time of 14:53.20 was 0.71 seconds faster than the runner-up. Ben Scheetz '12 (Lancaster, PA) won the 400-meter dash in 49.18 seconds, with Andrew Reed '12 (Riverside, CT) rounding out the scorers in the event by placing eighth (50.51).

The Jeffs dominated the relay events, winning the 4x400 (3:21.52) and the distance medley (10:08.48) and placing second in the 4x100 (43.20). Thebe Tsatsimpe '11 (Johannesburg, South Africa) rounded out the school's winners by leaping 7.16 meters in the long jump. Tsatsimpe also finished third in the triple jump (13.93m) and seventh in the 200-meter dash (22.97).

Earning 10 of Amherst's 57 points on the women's side was the team's lone NESCAC champion, Sophia Galleher '10 (Denver, CO), who ran an NCAA provisional qualifying time of 10:56.21 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase to win the event by more than 11 seconds. 

Also putting in an NCAA provisional performance was Melissa Sullivan '12 (Dallas, TX), who placed second in the 1500-meter run with a mark of 4:36.32, which was less than one second slower than the winner. Lauren Almeida '13 (Reading, MA) placed sixth in the event (4:47.37), as the two combined for 11 points.

The Amherst women's field events were highlighted by Jordan Roehl '12 (Portales, NM), Jennifer Rybak '10 (Clifton Park, NY) and Jessica Mueller '13 (East Freetown, MA). Roehl placed 10th in the discus and hammer throw and recorded the fourth longest distance in the shot put (11.63m), giving the Jeffs four points. Rybak finished seventh in the high jump (1.50m) for two points, while Mueller landed ninth in the triple jump, 12th in the high jump and 15th in the long jump. 

In the women's track events, the 5k proved to be Amherst's strongest race. Sarah Daly '13 (Wheaton, IL) led the Jeffs by placing third (18:02.78), followed by Ali Simeone '13 (Stoneham, MA) in fifth, Laura Zaccagnino '12 (Verona, NJ) in seventh and Elodie Reed '13 (Bow, NH) in ninth. 

Rounding out Amherst's top individual performances in the women's track events were a sixth-place showing from Susan Wasserman '11 (Brooklyn, NY) in the 400-meter hurdles (1:06.02) and a seventh-place finish by Mary Doris Reggie '10 (Crowley, LA) in the 800-meter run (2:17.20). The Jeffs also placed second in the 4x800 relay (9:29.33) and fifth in the 4x400 (4:02.96) for a combined 12 points. 

The Amherst men had several strong performances outside of their five NESCAC titles. Finishing as runners-up were Steve Corsello '11 (Skaneateles, NY) in the 800-meter run and Carlyle Eubank '10 (Santa Ynez, CA) in the 10k (31:26.51). Corsello's time of 1:54.65 left him only two one-hundredths of a second behind the winner, with Adron Pitmon '13 (Underhill, VT) also placing eighth in the event (1:56.56).

Will Yochum '11 (Goleta, CA) and Pat Grimes '13 (Mansfield, MA) finished third and seventh in the 1500, respectively. John McGrail '11 (Arlington, VA) placed third in the steeplechase at 9:34.00, while Ryan Drost '11 (New Milford, CT) was seventh in the 400-meter hurdles (56.69), rounding out Amherst's points on the afternoon. 

Williams College successfully defended its men's and women's conference titles. The Lord Jeffs will return to action Friday, Apr. 30, when they kick off the Division III New England Championships at Tufts.