Amherst Women Win at Brandeis; Men Place Second

WALTHAM, MA – The Amherst College women's indoor track and field team placed first in a field of five schools Saturday afternoon at Brandeis University's Reggie Poyau Memorial Invitational, while the Amherst men finished second. The Lord Jeffs will return to action next Saturday when they compete at the Wesleyan University Invitational.  

The Amherst women won five of 17 events to finish with 190 points, well ahead of the host Judges in second place (96). Smith (70), Lasell (41) and UMass Boston (24) rounded out the women's field. 

Amherst's men won seven events and earned 161 points, only nine points behind Southern Maine (170). Brandeis (111) placed third, followed by Lasell (24) and UMass Boston (22). Will Yochum '11 (Goleta, CA) led the Lord Jeffs by winning the 1-mile and 3,000-meter runs. 

The Jeffs picked up big points in the men's distance events. Amherst featured the only three competitors in the 5,000-meter run, but it was Dillon Buckley '13 (Wilmington, DE) who paced his teammates with a winning time of 15:48.04. Yochum finished six seconds ahead of classmate John McGrail '11 (Arlington, VA) in the 3k (8:36.52) and edged teammate Ben Scheetz '12 (Lancaster, PA) by 1.4 seconds in the mile (4:16.40), but Scheetz would get a victory in the 1,000-meter run (2:32.61). 

Amherst earned 29 of a possible 30 points in the 600-meter run by taking five of the top six spots, with Tommy Moore '11 (Marlborough, MA) crossing the line at 1:24.30, just .05 seconds ahead of first-year Matt Melton (Wall, NJ). Patrick Grimes '13 (Mansfield, MA) led the Jeffs in the 800 by placing second (2:01.96). 

Andrew Reed '12 (Riverside, CT) and Andre Gary '11 (Exeter, NH) finished 2-3 in the 400-meter dash and were separated by only one one-hundredth of a second, but it was Reed who took home bragging rights with a time of 51.59. Reed and Gary would also join Melton and senior Ryan Drost (New Milford, CT) to win the 4x400-meter relay (3:27.97). Javier Paulino '14 (New York, NY) placed second in the 55-meter dash prelims but would place sixth in the finals (6.93) for one team point. 

Rounding out Amherst's winners on the men's side was Thebe Tsatsimpe '11 (Johannesburg, South Africa), who was the top competitor in the long jump with a leap of 6.55 meters. First-year Jordan Young (Chantilly, VA) added 12 points for his team by placing fourth in the shot put (10.57m) and second in the weight throw (9.15m). 

Sophomore Jess Mueller (East Freetown, MA) led Amherst in the women's field events, winning the long jump (5.00m) and placing second in the high jump (1.50m) and triple jump (10.66m). Naomi Bates '14 (Washington, DC) was second in the long jump (4.91m) and fourth in the triple (10.53m), while Nora Gayer '14 (McLean, VA) finished third in the high jump (1.45m). Chibuzo Uwakaneme '11 (Irvington, NJ) was one of only two competitors in the throwing events, tossing 9.77 meters in the shot put before being called for a foul in the weight throw. 

In addition to competing in the jumps, Bates won the 200-meter dash (27.81) and placed second in the 55 (7.67), while Shyloe Jones '14 (Cranston, RI) finished second in the 200 (28.17) and fifth in the 55 (7.88). Mueller and Nia Harris '14 (Bloomfield, CT) placed fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 200. 

Amherst provided two of the three competitors in the women's 800-meter run and all five of the athletes in the 5k, with Melissa Sullivan '12 (Dallas, TX) winning the 800 (2:28.66) and Christina Wong '11 (Honolulu, HI) besting her teammates in the 5k (18:58.17). Eliza Schalch '12 (Bethesda, MD) finished only 0.46 seconds behind Sullivan in the 800. Sullivan would also finish as the runner-up in the 3k (10:18.75). 

Accounting for Amherst's final win in the women's events was Lauren Almeida '13 (Reading, MA), whose time of 3:08.62 gave her the 1,000-meter run title. Ellen Richmond '12 (Concord, NH) placed fourth in the mile run (5:56.61), while Hannah Cooper '14 (Bethesda, MD) finished second in the 600-meter run (1:48.38).