Track Teams Open Spring Season at Tufts and AIC
Issue   |   Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:19

Taylor Summers ’16 won the women’s long jump with a leap of 5.04m, as the Amherst women’s track & field team opened its outdoor season at Tufts on March 29, finishing sixth out of 24 schools. The men’s team placed 19th out of 26 teams to open their spring season as well.

Summers placed first out of 27 competitors in the long jump, while teammate Louise Atadja ’16 took 11th. On the men’s side, Khalil Felmming ’16 placed 11th as well with a jump of 6.14m.

Summers also competed in the 100-meter, finishing eighth with a time of 12.99, and Naomi Bates ’14 was fourth overall in the event. In the women’s 400m dash, Victoria Hensley ’16 snagged fifth with a time of 1:01.54, while Dennis Kennelly ’16 led the way for the men with a time of 54.11.

Three Lady Jeffs recorded a top-10 showing in the 800-meter run. Leading the way in second was first-year Hannah Herrera, while Keelin Moehl ’16 and Olivia Tarantino ’15 found fourth and ninth, respectively. Amy Dao ’14 paced the Jeffs in the 1500 meter run, finishing as the runner-up with a time of 4:49.42, while Jessie Kaliski ’15 led the way in the 10,000-meter run, placing third with a time of 38:43.84.

In the men’s field events, junior Josiah Terrell-Perica won the javelin with a 57.11m toss, beating out his closest competitor by 22 feet.

This past weekend, in a field that featured Div. I, II and III schools, the women’s team earned seventh out of 20 in the Yellow Jacket Invitational hosted by American International College, while the men finished 11th out of 20.

Karen Blake ’17 highlighted the day on the women’s side, winning the 100 meter dash with a time of 12.30 seconds and finishing second in the 200 meter dash (25.07).

Matt Melton ’14 highlighted the day for the men’s team with a second place finish in the 400-meter dash with a time of 49.37. Melton also took home another top-10 finish, claiming eighth in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.81 seconds.

Picking up a win for the Amherst women in the field events, Bates claimed the long jump with a leap of 5.88 meters. The Lady Jeffs grabbed another top-five finish in the 4x100 meter relay, as the ‘A’ squad finished third in 49.01. meter to claim seventh and eighth, respectively. In other notable performances on the day, KC Fussell ’15 finished third in the 5000-meter with a time of 15:22.65 and Flemming leaped 13.73 meters in the triple jump for fourth.

The Jeffs will return to the track this Saturday, April 12 at the UMass Invitational.