Men’s Track & Field Impresses at Back-to-Back Invitationals
Issue   |   Tue, 04/19/2016 - 23:22
Amherst Athletics
David Ingraham ’18 was a part of the third-place 4x400-meter relay team.

The men’s track and field team had a busy weekend, competing on Friday afternoon in the non-scoring Silfen Invitational at Connecticut College and the next day in the nine-team UMass-Amherst Minuteman Invitational.

On Friday, the impressive Amherst long-distance runners were on display, with junior Steven Lucey battling to a fourth place finish in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:57.87.

The 5,000-meter race was dominated by the purple and white, with four runners finishing within the top fourteen competitors. Sophomore Mohamed Hussein took seventh with an overall mark of 14:35.29, while teammate and classmate Craig Nelson ’18 placed 12th overall (14:57.90).

First-year Cosmo Brossy was the final Amherst runner to cross the finish line, placing 14th with a mark of 15:03.21. Leading the pack and setting a school record was senior Dan Crowley, who finished second in the 21-man race with a time of 14:29.98.

The next day, the team competed in the Division I dominated UMass-Amherst Minuteman Invitational, placing sixth out of nine teams. Senior Jeff Seelaus finished second of 48 runners in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:59.12. In the 5,000-meter run, sophomore Jack Wesley placed fourth with a time of 15:25.41. Rounding out the individual events, Jesse Fajnzylber ’17 posted a fifth-place mark in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a mark of 10:32.41.

To start off the relay events, the impressive group of Khalil Flemming ’16, Hasani Figueroa ’18, Aziz Khan ’18 and Thomas Matthew ’16 competed in the 4x100-meter relay, placing third overall with a time of 43.99. In the 4x400-meter relay, David Ingraham ’18, Kristian Sogaard ’16, Chris Butko ’18 and Brent Harrison ’16 finished third with a time of 3:23.46.

The purple and white will return to action this Saturday in the Tufts Sunshine Invitational.