The men’s indoor track and field team won the 2015 ECAC Div. III indoor track and field championships last weekend. The purple and white scored 42 points in the two-day meet for first-place in the 56-team field.
A strong showing in the mid-distance events led Amherst to victory. Kevin Connors ‘17 claimed the only individual win of the meet for the Jeffs, winning the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:59.33.
Senior captain Romey Sklar ran the 1,000 meters in a time of 2:29.04 to finish in second place while Brent Harrison ’16 finished the 800 meters in 1:53.80 to claim third place.
In the distance events, first-year Mohamed Hussein added another third place finish for the Jeffs in the 3,000 meters with a time of 8:36.36.
Craig Nelson ’18 and Raymond Meijer ’17 each claimed top-five finishes in the 5,000-meter run.
The team will return to action next week at NCAA Div. III Nationals, which will take place on Friday and Saturday in Winston-Salem, N.C. Five Jeffs will travel to North Carolina for the meet.
Turissini will also anchor Amherst’s national-record holding distance medley relay squad alongside Sklar, Harrison, and David Ingraham ’18. The team set an NCAA Div. III record at the NEICAAA Championships with a time of 9:48.61.
Sklar, Turissini and Harrison are all returning to the national meet as members of last year’s distance medley relay squad, while Ingraham and Hussein are making their first appearances at nationals.
The women’s indoor track and field team finished 12th overall of a 60-team field at the ECAC DivIII indoor track and field championships at the Armory Track & Field Center in New York City.
Four top-10 finishes highlighted the weekend for the Jeffs. Sprinter Karen Blake ’17 led the team, placing in the top five of both the 60-meter dash and the 200-meter dash. Blake ran a time of 7.75 seconds in the 60 meters to claim third place and a time of 25.22 seconds in the 200 meters to finish in fourth place.
Senior Olivia Tarantino also claimed third place in the 1,000-meter run with a mark of 3:02.31. She then returned in the 4 x 800- meter relay with Kelli Ellingson ‘15, Sarah Foster ‘16 and Hannah Herrera ‘17. The team ran a time of 9:45.30 to cross the line in sixth place.
Lizzie Briskin ’15 also competed last weekend at the Tufts Last Chance meet, where she finished second in the 3,000-meter run with a mark of 10:00.69.
The team will return to action March 13-14 at the 2015 NCAA Div. III indoor track and Field Championships in Winston-Salem, N.C. Five Jeffs, Briskin, Lexi Sinclair ’16, Blake, Savanna Gornisiewicz ’17 and Kiana Herold ’17, have qualified.
In the distance events, Sinclair and Briskin will compete in the 3,000-meter run as the 8th and 14th seeds, respectively, while Gornisiewicz enters the 5,000-meter run as the 12th seed.
Herold qualified for the high jump, leaping 1.69 meters at the Springfield College Meet, and enters NCAAs tied as the seventh seed.
Both Blake and Herold return for the second time to indoor nationals, while Sinclair, Briskin and Gornisiewicz will have their first appearances this weekend.