CAMBRIDGE, MA/SPRINGFIELD, MA – Ben Scheetz '12 (Lancaster, PA) broke an 11-year-old New England record and a 13-year-old school record in the 600-meter run to highlight Amherst College at the New England Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Competing at Springfield College, the Amherst men earned 42 points to place seventh in a field of 25 teams, with MIT (114 points) edging Williams College (112) for the team title. The Lord Jeff women competed at MIT and finished sixth (36) among 24 teams, with Williams (141) turning the tables by edging the host Engineers (137) as the top team.
Scheetz kept his outstanding season going on Saturday when he completed the 600-meter run in 1:19.76, nearly a full second faster than the previous New England indoor record of 1:20.63, which had been set by Amherst's Jeff Willis '00 back in 2000. Scheetz's performance was also more than three seconds ahead of the previous facility record (1:23.19) and nine one-hundredths of a second ahead of the previous school record (1:19.85), which had been held by Robert Mitchell '99.
Also setting a new facility record was John McGrail '11 (Arlington, VA), who won the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:29.54 to shatter the previous mark of 8:47.18. Amherst's third victory—and third facility record—of the weekend came in the 4x400 relay, as Andre Gary '11 (Exeter, NH), Andrew Reed '12 (Riverside, CT), Tommy Moore '11 (Marlborough, MA) and Matt Melton '14 (Wall, NJ) teamed up for a time of 3:23.47.
Reed would also complete the 400-meter dash in 50.89 seconds, which was good enough for fifth place. Scheetz finished fourth in the 1,000-meter run (2:33.32), Adron Pitmon '13 (Underhill, VT) was seventh in the 800 (1:58.58), and Chris Eaton '11 (Brooklyn, NY) took eighth in the weight throw (16.52 meters) to round out Amherst's top performers.
In the women's championship, Ali Simeone '13 (Stoneham, MA) highlighted the Lord Jeffs by placing second in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 10:09.12, less than one second behind a senior from MIT. Simeone would later anchor the distance medley relay, joining first-years Amy Dao (Boxborough, MA), Jaya Tripathi (Newton, MA) and Bridget Bennett (Mt. Pleasant, MI) to finish fourth (12:35.72).
Melissa Sullivan '12 (Dallas, TX) took fourth in the 800-meter run (2:21.00) before leading off the 4x800 relay team that placed sixth (9:39.12), as she was joined by Eliza Schalch '12 (Bethesda, MD), Lauren Almeida '13 (Reading, MA) and Keri Lambert '13 (Amherst, MA).
First-years Angie Epifano (Green Cover Springs, FL) and Tori Sosnowski (Amherst, NY) placed fifth (18:04.02) and sixth (18:09.01) in the 5k, Susan Wasserman '11 (Brooklyn, NY) finished fifth in the 600 (1:38.66), Lauren Almeida '13 (Reading, MA) took seventh in the 1,000 (3:05.61), and Naomi Bates '14 (Washington, DC) was seventh in the long jump (5.17 meters).
The Lord Jeffs will return to action next weekend when they head to Boston University for the Open New England Championships.