Bates Wins Long Jump Title with New Program Record
Issue   |   Wed, 05/07/2014 - 02:08
Megan Robertson '15
Naomi Bates ’14 currently holds the top-four long jump distances in team history.

The Amherst men’s track and field team raced at the Div. III New England Championships this past weekend, finishing 12th out of 32 teams at the event. Led by senior captain Matt Melton, the Jeffs recorded 28 points.

Melton turned in the Jeffs’ best performance on the day, finishing runner-up in the 400 meters with a time of 48.86. He complemented this showing by placing fifth in the 200-meter dash.

Amherst’s distance runners were headlined by sophomore Dan Crowley’s third place finish in the 5000-meter. Romey Sklar ’15 and Kevin Connors ’17 finished the 1500-meter ninth and twelfth, respectively. Sklar joined Nick Codola ’15, Steven Lucey ’17 and Brent Harrison ’16 for a second place finish in the 4 x 800 relay with a time of 7:44.70.

In the field events, Khalil Flemming ’16 led the way in the triple jump by leaping 13.20 meters for seventh place.
The men will look to extend their post-season at the All-New Englands at Westfield State this weekend.

The Amherst women’s track and field team finished eleventh place at the Div. III New England Championships.
Senior captain Naomi Bates ’14 was the Jeffs’ top performer, leaping to a new program record 5.99 meters in the long jump — the best performance this season in Div. III. She also finished sixth place in the triple jump, jumping 11.13 meters.

Karen Blake ’17 continued her excellent outdoor season by placing third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.88 seconds. Bates and Blake joined Taylor Summers ’16 and Kiana Herold ’17 for the Jeffs’ 4 x 100 meter relay team — winning the event in the fifth fastest time in the country at 47.72 seconds.

“We’re all so excited about setting and re-setting the school record and are looking forward to potentially making it to Div. III Nationals,” Summers commented. “We have been working hard this season and last weeked it really paid off.”

The women will look to continue their season at Westfield State at the All-New England Championships.