Track and Field Competes at Springfield Invitational
Issue   |   Tue, 02/03/2015 - 23:20


Men’s indoor track scored 159 points to edge host Springfield College and claim first place in the Springfield Invitational, held this past Saturday, Jan. 31. The meet was the first Jeffs’ team win this season.

First-year David Ingraham started the day with a win for the Jeffs, finishing the 600-meter race with a time of 1:26.22. His teammate, Jamie Sandel ’17 followed close behind with a time of 1:26.45, coming in second place in the field. Sandel also legged out a time of 9.04 for a third-place finish in the 60-meter hurdles.

Transitioning to distance events, the Jeffs swept the winner’s circle in the one-mile run. Kevin Connors ’17 nabbed first place with a time of 4:25.90. His teammate and classmate, Jesse Fajnzylber ’17, followed in second with a time of 4:26.58 while Dan Crowley ’16 rounded out the sweep, placing third at 4:33.18.

Amherst’s 4x400 relay team tallied another win on the day. Composed of Chris Butko ’18, Ingraham, Nick Codola ’15 and Sandel, the squad beat the field with a time of 3:29.47. In the 4x800 relay, Connors, Fajnzylber, Steven Lucey ’17 and Jack Wesley ’18 placed second with a mark of 8:27.21.

Khalil Flemming ’16 led Amherst through the field events. He finished second overall in the triple jump, jumping a distance of 12.50 meters. Stephen Hetterich ’15 followed closely behind with a jump of 12.24 meters, good for third place.

Amherst will carry their win into the upcoming Tufts Stampede. The meet will take place on Saturday, Feb. 7, and is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m..


Women’s indoor track also competed at the Springfield Invitational this past Saturday. The women scored second overall in the field with 163 team points.

First-year Danielle Griffin took second in the 600 meter, finishing with a mark of 1:47.08. She edged her classmate, Adele Loomis, who claimed third with a time of 1:48.23.

Amherst claimed all top three spots in the 800-meter run, with Keelin Moehl ’16 finishing third at 2:26 flat. Leonie Rauls ’18 and Hannah Herrera ’17 took second and third respectively, each with times of 2:27.65 and 2:27.91.

Senior Olivia Tarantino finished second overall in the 1,000-meter, crossing the line at 3:10.77.

In other distance events, Cat Lowdon ’17 won the 3,000-meter run finishing in 10:44.79. Her classmate Cara Lembo ’17 finished in third at 10:59.60.

In the relay events, Amherst’s 4x200 meter team placed second overall with a mark of 1:50.35. The team consists of Itai Brand-Thomas ’15, Molly Levy ’15, Louise Atadja ’16 and Karen Blake ’17.

Becki Golia ’18 secured the only field win for the Jeffs, taking home the high jump title at a mark of 1.53 meters.

Another impressive victory came from Kiana Herold ’17. She won the indoor pentathlon with 3,130 points. She won three of the pentathlon events, the 800 meter, high jump and long jump. The sophomore finished second in the 60-meter hurdles and second in the shot put.

Amherst will return to action this weekend travelling to Tufts University. They’ll compete at the Tufts Stampede being held on Saturday, Feb. 7.