Six Jeffs to Race at Indoor Nationals
Issue   |   Tue, 03/05/2013 - 23:27
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Pat Grimes ’13 will race in the mile at Nationals this weekend, held at North Central College.

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

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.

Later in the meet, Bates took second in the long jump, jumping 5.32 meters.

In the long distance events, Lambert led the way for the women, winning the 3000 meter in 9:53.90 — nearly 30 seconds ahead of the race’s second place finisher. Teammate Lexi Sinclair ’16 placed seventh overall in 10:55.52.

This weekend, Lambert and Bates will join Lauren Almeida ’13 and Amy Dao ’14 to represent the Lady Jeffs at the Div. III National Championship, hosted by North Central College in Naperville, Ill.

Meanwhile, the men’s indoor team also competed individually at the Tufts Last Chance meet.

Middle-distance runners Pat Grimes ’13 and junior Matt Melton ’14 let the way for the Jeffs, both winning events and posting their fastest times of the season in lieu of national qualifying the upcoming Monday.

In the mile, Grimes finished in a stellar time of 4:11.72, the sixth-fastest time of the year, and more than a second ahead of the next finisher.

In the 800, Matt Melton took gold and also posted a personal-best time of 1:53.47, the 11th-fastest time of the season.

Also racing in the 800, Romey Sklar ’15 took 10th in 1:57.50.

Grimes and Bates will also travel to North Central College this weekend to compete at Nationals. Grimes effort last weekend in the mile makes him Amherst’s top-seeder competitor, ranked fourth in the mile.