Amherst Men Win Four Events at UMass Invitational

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College outdoor track and field teams competed at the UMass Invitational Saturday afternoon, with the Lord Jeff men winning four events to place fourth and the women finishing fifth. The Lord Jeffs will return to UMass next Saturday to compete in the Minuteman Invitational.

The Amherst women scored 50 points to place behind Albany (214.5), Boston College (145.5), Williams (117) and UMass (111.5). Williams won the men's title with 159 points, just ahead of Albany (156.5), UMass (133) and Amherst (114). 

Ben Scheetz '12 (Lancaster, PA) led the way for Amherst by winning the 1500-meter run (3:57.80) and taking the runner-up spot in the 800 (1:53.26). Matt Melton '14 (Wall, NJ) had the top time in the 400-meter dash (49.61), while Andrew Reed '12 (Riverside, CT) came out on top in the 200 (22.65). 

Rounding out Amherst's winners was Andrew Erskine '13 (Stamford, CT), whose time of 32:00.89 was good enough for a comfortable victory in the 10k. John McGrail '11 (Arlington, VA) placed second in the 10k (32:09.06), as he and Erskine were more than 30 seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Dillon Buckley '13 (Wilmington, DE) and Kevin Hanley '11 (Manhattan Beach, CA) finished second and third, respectively, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with times of 9:45.11 and 9:55.31. 

The Lord Jeffs were well represented in the throwing events, as Christopher Eaton '11 (Brooklyn, NY) came close to a school record with a toss of 49.96 meters in the hammer throw, which was good enough for third place in a field of 17. Jordan Roehl '12 (Portales, NM) placed fifth in the women's shot put with a throw of 11.12 meters. 

Amherst did not win any women's events but featured several top-five performances. Keri Lambert '13 (Amherst, MA) was the runner-up in the steeplechase (11:10.23), while Melissa Sullivan '12 (Dallas, TX) placed fifth in a field of 40 in the 5k (17:47.34). Christina Wong '11 (Honolulu, HI) and Sarah Daly '13 (Wheaton, IL) took second and third, respectively, in the 10k, while Naomi Bates '14 (Washington, DC) was fourth in the 100-meter dash (12.76) and Susan Wasserman '11 (Brooklyn, NY) placed fifth in the 400-meter hurdles (1:08.61).