Two Lord Jeffs Earn All-America Honors at Day One of NCAAs

BEREA, OH – The Amherst College men's and women's track and field teams each got off to very impressive starts this afternoon at the opening day of the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Baldwin-Wallace College.  A trio of competitors earned spots in finals heats on Saturday, while a pair of Lord Jeffs earned All-America Honors.

Amherst sophomore Melissa Sullivan (Dallas, TX) set the bar high for the Lord Jeffs, earning a spot in Saturday's finals of the women's 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:37.63. In the men's 1,500-meter run, Amherst's Will Yochum (Goleta, CA) posted the second fastest time in qualifying, running a 3:50.77 to stake his claim as one of the favorites heading into the finals on Saturday. Teammate and classmate Steve Corsello (Skaneateles, NY) qualified fifth in the event, but earned a spot in the finals alongside Yochum with a time of 3:51.07.

In the first field event for a Lord Jeff athlete, Thebe Tsatsimpe (Johannesburg, South Africa) competed in the trials and final of the long jump. Tsatsimpe qualified for the finals, and then placed 8th nationally with a long jump of 7.06 meters. With a top-8 finish, Tsatsimpe earned All-America honors for the first time in his career.

In the final event of the night for Amherst competitors, senior Daniel Murner (Crestwood, KY) took the track for the 10,000-meter run.  Murner went out with the leaders and kept pace with the lead group as the pack split halfway into the race. While he could not hang down the stretch with the eventual top-two finishers from North Central College, Murner out-kicked Lynchburg's Ricky Flynn in the final 200 meters to finish in third place with a time of 30:25.22. With the podium finish, Murner became Amherst's second All-America honoree of the night. 

Action will resume tomorrow afternoon and wrap up on Saturday. The schedule for tomorrow's events can be found on the team's Championship Website.