BEREA, OH – Two men and one woman from the Amherst College Track and Field teams took the oval at Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio for the final day of the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track Championships. Amherst wrapped up the weekend with another pair of All-America performances from juniors Will Yochum (Goleta, CA) and Steven Corsello (Skaneateles, NY) in the men's 1,500-Meter Run Finals.
The Amherst men led the NESCAC by finishing in a tie for 10th with 18 points, marking the program's best finish since the 1999 squad tied for 10th with 20 points. Despite strong performances, the Amherst women did not earn any points toward the team standings.
Amherst opened the final day of competition with sophomore Melissa Sullivan (Dallas, TX) running in the women's 1,500-meter run final. Sullivan ran another strong race, finishing in 12th place in the final with a time of 4:38.49. While Sullivan landed just outside the All-American ranks, this weekend was a great chance for her to gain experience on the national stage with a pair of years left to compete for Amherst.
The final event with Amherst student-athletes in it was the men's 1,500-meter run finals. Yochum qualified second during time trials on Thursday, while Corsello entered the finals with the fifth fastest qualifying time. In this afternoon's final, Yochum ran nearly an identical time to his qualifying performance, turning in a 3:50.78 – just one hundredth of a second off his qualifier. Yochum's time was good enough to place him third in the field, and clinch All-American honors for the Lord Jeff junior. Corsello was able to run alongside Yochum, and finish in fourth place, grabbing his own All-American honors with a time of 3:51.39.
For a complete weekend recap, visit the Amherst Championship Website.