Men's Track & Field Impresses Among Tough Competition
Issue   |   Wed, 02/17/2016 - 00:21
Amherst Athletics
Thomas Matthew '16 competed in two events at the Valentine Invitational.

This Saturday, Feb. 13, selected members of the men’s track and field team competed in Boston University’s Valentine Invitational, a largely Division I competition. The Boston meet was also attended by semi-professional and independent runners, making for large, hugely talented heats and overall race pools.

In the sprint events, first-year Maxim Doiron impressed in the 60-meter hurdles, qualifying for the finals heat in which he placed 69th overall with a time of 9.36 seconds. Senior Thomas Matthew finished in a team-high 46th place overall in a competitive 95-men 60-meter dash event, finishing with a time of 7.28 seconds.

The purple and white were well represented in the 209-men 200-meter dash, with sophomore Aziz Khan coming in at 103rd with a time of 22.38. Fellow sophomore Harrison Haigood came in right behind Khan, finishing 126th overall with a time of 23.09.

Representing well in the middle-distance events, the Amherst men held their own against the impressive competition, with first-year Kristian Sogaard winning his heat in the 800-meter and finishing 31st overall with a time of 1:53.64. Sophomore Steven Lucey was the next Amherst runner to cross the finish line, placing 115th with a time of 1:58.27. Sophomore David Ingraham finished 126th overall with a time of 51.26 in the 400-meter dash.

In the 1-mile run — the largest event of the day — Amherst fared well, with senior Jeff Seelaus finishing 78th in 4:19.75. First-year Cosmo Brossy finished 115th in the event, coming in at 4:19.75.

In the long-distance runs, first-year Jacob Silverman crossed the line at 49th in the 1,000-meter run with a mark of 2:33.34, while Chris Butko ’18 finished 54th overall in the race with a time of 2:34.50.

Matthew showed his range, also competing in the field events. He finished 24th in the shot put with a distance of 12.51 meters. Fellow shot put thrower Sam Amaka ’19 finished 34th in the event with a throw of 11.42 meters. Rounding out the field events was senior Khalil Fleming, who impressed in the long and triple jumps, taking 39th and 29th overall in the events with distances of 5.79 and 12.70 meters, respectively.

Coming up next, the purple and white will compete at the Division III New England meet at MIT this Friday at 1 p.m.