Recording four top-10 finishes in 2014-15, the Amherst College women's indoor track & field team will once again look to string-together a strong season after recording a 29th place finish at the national meet a season ago.
Under the guidance of head coach Cassie Funke-Harris (fourth season), the Purple & White will utilize a talented crop which includes four seniors, four juniors, 12 sophomores and 14 first-years, when they open their season at the Smith Invitational on Dec. 5. After a month break for the holidays, Amherst returns to action in the New Year on Jan. 16 for the Little Three Tournament at Wesleyan before wrapping up January with the Smith College Beynon Invitational on Jan. 23, and the Springfield Invitational on Jan. 30.
The Purple & White will then compete in four meets in the month of February, beginning with the Tufts Invitational on Feb. 6, followed by the Valentine Classic at Boston University on Feb. 12. The Division III New England Championships will take place at Middlebury on Feb. 20, while the NEICAAA Championships will be hosted by Boston University on Feb. 26-27.
Amherst will compete in the two-day ECAC Championships on Mar. 4-5, before finishing the season at the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships at Grinnell College in Iowa (Mar. 10-12).
MIDDLE & LONG DISTANCE
Amherst's middle & long distance roster features a bevy of depth and talent, led by senior Lexi Sinclair (distance). Last year, Sinclair recorded six top-12 finishes in individual events, including a first place finish in the 3,000 meter race (10:15.08) at the Little Three Championships, and a first place finish in the mile (5:11.56) at the Springfield Invite. Sinclair concluded the 2014-15 season by taking 12th in the 3,000m event at the national postseason meet with a time of 10:08.90.
Amherst's middle & long distance roster will also feature Betsy Black '16 (distance), Helen Clapp '18 (mid-distance), Sophie Currin '17 (distance), Adele Loomis '18 (mid-distance), Kaeli Mathias '18 (mid-distance), Keelin Moehl '16 (mid-distance), Monica Nimmagadda '18 (mid-distance), Sonaali Pandiri '18 (distance), and Leonie Rauls '18 (mid-distance).
JUMPS AND SPRINTS
Leading a talented group of student-athletes in jumps and sprints, is Karen Blake '17 (sprints) and Kiana Herold '17 (jumps, multis). A two-time All-NESCAC selection, Blake will once again look to be a key contributor for the Purple & White after notching six top-two finishes in the 60 meter race and finishing 12th overall at the national postseason meet in the 60 meter dash a season ago.
Herold '17 figures to be instrumental to the team's success after dominating Division III competition in the high jump during her sophomore season. After securing four first-place finishes throughout the indoor season in the high jump a year ago, Herold concluded her 2014-15 campaign by taking third at the NCAA Championship meet with a height of 1.69m (5' 6.5").
Abbey Asare-Bediako '18 (jumps, sprints), Louise Atadja '16 (jumps), Gabby Bishop '18 (sprints), Victoria Hensley '16 (sprints), Becki Golia '18 (jumps), Danielle Griffin '18 (jumps, sprints), and Sarah Whelan '17 (sprints) will also be in the mix for the Purple & White.
In addition to last year's returners, Funke-Harris also welcomes sophomore Kyla Steman, and first years Veronica Rocco (distance), Christina Scartelli (mid-distance), Yrenly Yuan (jumps), Lela Walter (distance), Jada Palmer (distance), Debbie Newmark (mid-distance), Olivia Moehl (mid-distance), Lizzie Lacy (distance), Katherine Hom (sprints), Emily Flaherty (jumps), Gaby Dora (distance), Molly Carleton (mid-distance), Julia Asin (sprints), and Isabel Balcezak (mid-distance).