AMHERST, Mass. – Competing at the Upstate Challenge hosted by Cornell University on Friday and Saturday, the Amherst College men's track & field team saw two school records shattered and four new personal bests set by non-first-years in their third weekend of the season.
The Mammoths return to action next weekend, Friday, Jan. 31 when they head to Tufts University and the Reggie Lewis Center for the NEICAAA Indoor Championships and the Branwen Smith-King Invitational.
- Kelechi Eziri '23 smashed his first collegiate mark in the triple jump, posting a distance of 14.09m erase a 26-year program record in the event. The previous Amherst best came from Doug Lyons '86 with a jump of 13.92m in 1983.
- In the heptathlon, Troy Colleran '22 excelled -setting a new personal best in the event by more than 200 points to clinch third (4962) and best his own school record of 4750 set during last winter's NCAA Indoor Championships.
- Sophomore Marshall Richardson continued to hone his skills in the 60m dash, dropping his time by eight tenths of a second in his second-ever race.
- Taking to the starting line in the 400m sprint, Prenosil was just a second over his PR to clock a time of 49.75 and take third overall behind the NEICAAA and DIII New England qualifying mark. Ellis Phillips-Gallucci '23 placed seventh in overall for the Mammoths in his first-ever appearance in the event, while Kyland Smith '21 clinched ninth to round out Amherst's top-10 finishers.
- Alex Mangiafico's time of 1:08.03 in the 500m finals was good for second overall, while first-years Wilson Spurrell and Braedon Fiume also picked up DIII NE qualifying times with sub-two minute marks and top-five finishes in the 800m.
- The mile saw both Spencer Ferguson-Dryden '20 and Braxton Schuldt '21 excel and set new personal bests, with Ferguson-Dryden stopping the clock in 4:16.90 to secure the silver and Schuldt posting a 4:23.96 mark to earn a sixth-place finish. Robert Innes-Gold '22 also saw a new PR set in the event (4:56.64).
- Senior Yonas Shiferaw used a jump of 12.65m in the triple jump to set a new collegiate best mark before just missing his PR in the 60m hurdles.
- In the 4x400 relay, Smith, Spurrell, Phillips-Galucc and Mangiafico were three seconds off the Mammoths' best time of the season in the event, combining for a mark of 3:30.01 to earn second.
- Jack Renda '23 continued to make significant strides as a thrower – logging a PR in the shot put.
- In the heptathlon, James Trent '23 battled to a ninth place finish after eclipsing the 4000 point mark.