The women’s and men’s track teams won their respective invitational meets this Saturday, with numerous members of both teams setting personal records.
The women won 12 events at the Smith’s Tartan Invitational for a convincing win. The Jeffs earned 278 points, followed by Smith with 156, Mt. Holyoke with 126 and Wellesley with 69.
Naomi Bates ’14 continued her successful season, winning all four of her events. She set a personal record in the 60-meter dash and was the only competitor to pass five meters in the long jump. Her other victories came in the 60-meter hurdles and triple jump. Jess Mueller ’13 placed second in the triple jump and the long jump. Senior Jordan Roehl was third in the shot put to round out the field events.
Shyloe Jones ’14 won the 200-meter dash, with Abraelle Shirley ’15 hot on her heels in second place. Shirley was also the runner-up in the 60-meter dash.
The distance runners had an equally impressive meet. Keri Lambert ’13 won the mile and finished second in the 800, while Ellen Richmond ’12 was victorious in the 600 with a personal record. Lauren Almeida ’13 and Melissa Sullivan ’12 had the top two times in the 1,000. Elodie Reed ’13 finished first in the 5k with a 40-second lead. Kristen Moulton ’13, Abby Hopper ’13 and Jessie Kaliski ’15 placed first, second and third in the 3k. Sprinters Jones, Shirley, Jade McKnight ’13 and Beth Hall ’14 won the 4x200 relay, while Almeida, Lambert, Amy Dao ’14 and Lisa Walker ’14 claimed the top spot in the 4x800.
Ben Scheetz ’12 set a new facility and school record in the 600-meter run en route to the fourth-ranked Jeffs victory at the Springfield Invitational. The Jeffs bested nine other schools, including third-place Williams. The Jeffs were dominant in the 600. Scheetz won by four seconds, and Matt Melton ’14 was the runner-up, earning a bundle of points for Amherst.
The Jeffs’ win was secured by the impressive feat of winning the final two events of the day. Scheetz and Melton were joined by Nick Codola’ 15 and Alex Durkee ’15 in the 4x400 to edge out Williams by just over a second. Eli Howe ’13, Chris Erickson ’12, Pat Grimes ’13 and Lucas Lebovitz ’15 followed up by winning the distance medley relay by five seconds.The Jeffs took first and second in the 800, with Grimes running a personal best for the top spot. Lebovitz was three seconds behind. Romey Sklar ’15 won the 1,000 and Alvaro Morales ’14 ran a personal best to win the 5,000.
Three more personal records were set in the 3k as Andrew Erskine ’13, Dillon Buckley ’13 and KC Fussell ’15 placed first, third and fifth, respectively. Amherst took third, fourth and sixth in the mile, with Greg Turissini ’15 leading the Jeff pack. Juniors Selasie Krampa and Denzel Duncan had personal bests in the 60-meter dash and the shot put, and Mark Cort ’15 placed sixth in the long jump.