Since returning from abroad, I’ve found myself picking up on all sorts of new and different phenomena at Amherst that didn’t exist last May. We have a musically maniacal Provost and a Dean of Faculty without Einstein hair; Frost Cafe’s serving iced coffee in a Polar Vortex and Val’s ditched the Jamaican Jerk for, of all things, Turkey Burgers. Even Keefe has spiffy (well, spiffy-ish) new lights and circular couches. I got an email about a package last week as I checked online the status of the laundry machines in the basement of my dorm. I could go on.

I wonder how to begin a profile on Alejandro Sucre, one of the twin, 6’5” Venezuelan demigods you’ve surely seen somewhere on campus, without sounding cheesy or like the starry-eyed superfan that, admittedly, I totally am.

The men’s and women’s indoor track and field teams traveled to Tufts last weekend to compete in the Tufts Last Chance Meet.

Women
Keri Lambert ’13 and Naomi Bates ’14 led the Jeffs, as they have all season, winning individual events and posting some of the fastest times in Div. III running this season.

Bates started her meet off in strong form, winning the 60-meter dash in 7.87 seconds, the 26th-fastest time this year.

Teammates Abbeh Anderson ’14 (7.92) and Taylor Summers ’16 (8.03) crossed the finish line in fourth and fifth, respectively.

Men

The men’s indoor track and field team traveled to Cambridge, Mass. last weekend to compete in the USATF New England Championships, hosted at Harvard.

The Jeffs’ middle- and long-distance runners continued their strong indoor season, led by Matt Melton ’14, who took home gold in the 800.

With the pack still together entering the final straightway, Melton pulled away and outkicked the field, winning in a time of 1:52.26, just .4 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Mike DePaul.

Men
The Amherst men’s swimming and diving team opened its 2012-2013 campaign in convincing fashion on Nov. 16 with a 173-103 route of NESCAC rival Colby. Of the 16 events in the dual-meet, the Jeffs won an astounding 11 in Pratt Pool, proving that despite their grueling second-place finish at NESCACs last year, the team is back with a vengeance.

Leading the way for the Jeffs were sophomores Conor Deveney and Alex Kang, both of whom won individual events before coming together to win the 200-yard medley relay.

Last season the Amherst men’s hockey team rattled off an astounding 16 wins in 17 games en route to a NESCAC Championship and the program’s first-ever berth to the NCAA Division III Frozen Four in Lake Placid, N.Y. Led by National Player of the Year Jonathan La Rose ’12 in goal, the team had arguably the most successful season ever. One year later, the Jeffs return to Orr Rink with high expectations of similar success and, inevitably, question marks about just how to replace the class of 2012.

Women
Keri Lambert broke from the pack Saturday to win her second-straight NCAA New England Regional Championship and fifth-consecutive race of the season. In what has already proved to be a grand finale to her collegiate career, Lambert has now earned herself a spot at NCAA Nationals, held in Terre Haute, Ind., where she will look to improve on her fifth-place finish last year.

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