NEW HAVEN, CT – Amherst's 4x400-meter relay team broke a 10-year old school record at the Open New England Championships in New Haven, MA, helping the Lord Jeffs score 21 points en route to a 14th-place finish in the field of 37. The Jeffs' women's team, led by senior Christina Wong's (Honolulu, HI) fifth-place finish in 10,000-meter run, ranked 17th amongst 32 programs at the meet.
Senior Tommy Moore (Marlborough, MA), juniors Ben Scheetz (Lancaster, PA) and Andrew Reed (Riverside, CT) and first-year Matt Melton (Wall, NJ), clocked an NCAA-qualifying time of 3:15.10 in the record-breaking 4x400, shaving over eight-tenths of a second off the 2001 mark, while earning five team points.
Scheetz added 10 points to the Lord Jeffs' team tally with a first-place finish in the 800-meter run (1:49.52), while sophomore Andrew Erskine (Stamford, CT) came in third in the 10k with a time of 31:16.17 – good for six team points.
Senior Will Yochum (Goleta, CA) finished 12th (3:56.16) and 23rd, respectively, in the 1500 and 800-meter runs, while sophomore Dillon Buckley (Wilmington, DE) recorded a 12th-place showing in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:38.81. Fellow sophomore Pat Grimes (Mansfield, MA) rounded out the group of Amherst men's competitors with a 15th-place finish in the 1500-meter run (3:58.13).
Wong and sophomore Sarah Daly (Wheaton, IL) paced the women's efforts, crossing the tape fifth and sixth, respectively in the 10k, while junior Melissa Sullivan (Dallas, TX) led a trio of Jeffs in the 1500-meter run, placing seventh with a time of 4:34.46. Sophomore Lauren Almeida (Reading, MA) and first-year Amy Dao (Boxborough, MA), who came in 15th and 25th in the 1500, would team up with Sullivan and senior Susan Wasserman (Brooklyn, NY) to form Amherst's sixth-place 4x800-meter relay that secured three team points with a time of 9:20.43.
Sophomore Keri Lambert (Amherst, MA) and first-year Victoria Sosnowski (Amherst, NY) rounded out the list of Lord Jeff finishers, placing sixth and 16th, respectively, in the 3000-meter steeplechase.
The Amherst men's and women's track and field teams return to action on May 19-20 at the ECAC Championships hosted by Moravian in Bethlehem, PA.