MEDFORD, Mass. – Weather conditions didn't hold the Mammoths back at the fourth annual Tufts University Sunshine Classic at the Ellis Oval & Dussault Track, with the Amherst College track & field teams impressing in their final tune up before the NESCAC Championships next Saturday.
On the men's side, seniors Elorm Yevudza and Sam Amaka took third and sixth in the hammer throw with tosses of 43.93m and 43.05m, respectively. Amaka also took sixth in the shot put with a throw of 12.88m.
Moving to the track, the Mammoths saw some strong winds that made the women's 400m that much harder however, sophomore Sophia Friedman won the race with a time of 60.29. First-year Anna Madden took second overall in 60.51, while fellow first-year Juanita Jaramillo placed fourth (61.65).
The men caught a break from the wind during their heat of the 400m dash and it led to three great performances. Sophomore Ryan Prenosil dipped under 49 seconds for the first time ever with his 48.94 mark and junior Stanley Dunwell went under 50 seconds for the first time in an Amherst uniform as he finished in 49.99 seconds. Brad Besson '20 took fifth with a personal best of 51 seconds flat.
As we moved up in distance to the 1500m run, first-year Maggie Drew took fifth with teammate Olivia Polischeck '21 in seventh place. Both women ran a great race despite the conditions. Chris Stone '20 placed fourth overall during the men's section of the 1500m.
In the sprinting events the Amherst men won both the 100m dash and the 200m dash as Arinze Uddoh '22 ran a wind-aided 11.18 seconds and Henry Buren '22 ran a wind-aided 21.77 second mark. Ben Wadsworth '22 finished second overall in the 100m in a time of 11.36 seconds and Trevor Hallc'22 ran season bests in both the 100m and the 200m to cap off the regular season.
Samantha Tichelaar '22 was Amherst's sole 200m runner on the women's side, and she came out fast from the blocks - finishing second overall and setting a personal best of 26.21 seconds. Not long after the 200m concluded the Mammoths saw another great performance, with Annelise Romero '22 closing hard to take the win at the line in her first 400H of the season (68.61).
The Mammoths begin the postseason next Saturday, April 27, when they head to Middlebury for the NESCAC Championships.