The Amherst men’s track and field team returned to Boston last weekend, Feb. 24 to Feb. 26, with a small mid-distance and distance contingent to compete at the Open New England Championship.
This meet pitted New England athletes across all three NCAA divisions against each other. The championship was held at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center, a banked track that often hosts collegiate and professional meets.
The Amherst men’s track team returned to Tufts University to compete at the DIII New England Championships last weekend, Feb. 17-19. The meet required qualifying standards for all individual events, and the competitive races pitted the best DIII athletes in New England against each other. By the conclusion of the meet, the purple and white had earned 13 points for a 15th-place finish as a team.
Elijah Ngbokoli ’20 kicked off the meet for Amherst, placing 19th in the preliminary round of the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.21 seconds.
This weekend, the Amherst men’s track and field team traveled to Boston University to compete at the David Hemery Valentine Invitational, one of the largest meets in the nation during the indoor season. With athletes from all divisions of the NCAA, as well as post-collegiate and professional runners competing at the banked BU track, the purple and white finished off the regular season with fast times.
This weekend, the Amherst men’s track and field team made the quick trip to Springfield College to compete at the Massasoit Classic, a non-scoring meet. With many members of the men’s cross country team now eligible for indoor competition following the conclusion of the investigation of the team’s emails, the team was at full strength.
The men’s track and field team enjoyed a successful interterm break, placing second at both the Little III Championship and the Pioneer Invitational Tournament.
The team opened the year at the Little III tournament, which was hosted by Wesleyan on Jan. 14. This is the third year that the meet has been held during the indoor track season, after being held during the outdoor track season prior to 2015.
Little III has a unique scoring system, as a team may only earn points for their first two finishers in each event.
After a lengthy fall of workouts, the Amherst men’s track and field team opened its season at the Smith Winter Classic. With nearly all of the cross country and longer distance athletes just getting back into training after a long and competitive cross county season, only a portion of the track and field team competed at the meet. For nearly all of the track and field athletes who don’t compete in cross country, it was their first time running in competition since the 2015-2016 season. And for the first-years, it was their first time competing in the Amherst uniform.