Jeffs Soar at ECAC’s
By Timothy Butterfield '12, Staff Writer
Racing for the last time before the National Championships, Amherst’s fastest runners went to Smith College to compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships. The men placed 10th out of 49 and the women took fourth of 43 at the meet on Friday and Saturday.


Sprinting the shortest distance offered, Spencer Russell ’12 completed the 55-meter hurdles in 7.99 seconds, finishing ahead of two opposing runners.

Four Jeffs competed in the one-mile run. The top finisher for Amherst was senior Jimmy Swanson, whose time of 4:23.15 earned him ninth place of 18. William Bell ’10 followed just one second later, claiming 11th place overall.

Sophomore Ben Scheetz continued to impress in the event he has excelled at all season — the 800-meter run. Clocking a 1:55.36, Scheetz placed fourth of 17 and led teammate Steve Corsello ’11, who crossed the line in 1:56.21.

Will Yochum ’11 scored a big victory for the Jeffs when he won the 1,000-meter race in 2:29.49. Finishing ahead of his 26 opponents, Yochum earned ten points for his team and finished more than two seconds ahead of the second-place finisher from SUNY Cobleskill. Also competing in the event was first-year Adron Pitmon, who took 18th place in 2:35.80.

First-year Andrew Erskine placed fifth of 13 in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 8:43.74, and senior Carlyle Eubank finished in 10th place 15 seconds later.

Amherst junior long jumper Thebe Tsatsimpe earned three points for the Jeffs by placing sixth in the event finals, where he jumped a distance of 6.72 meters.

“I was aiming for a much better jump than I got but it was great to place sixth and receive a medal,” said Tsatsimpe.

A handful of Amherst’s finest will be heading to the National Championships to represent the indoor track team. The meet will be held next Friday and Saturday at DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind.


Running some seriously fast times in the 5,000-meter run were Sophia Galleher ’10 and Ali Simeone ’13, who secured fourth and fifth-place finishes for the Jeffs.

Continuing her success in the 800-meter event, Melissa Sullivan ’12 finished second of 24 runners with a time of 2:15.43, trailing only Jianna Spadaccini of The College of New Jersey.

In the 1,000-meter run, senior Hoiwan Cheung ran a steady pace through the finish line in 3:06.37. The time earned her sixth place of 20 and added three points to Amherst’s tally.

“It was a personal record for me of about a second, so it was a good way to finish off the season,” said Almeida.

Making their presences known in the 3,000-meter run were Amherst runners Galleher and Sarah Daly ’13, who finished in second and third place, respectively.

Junior Susan Wasserman ran a 1:20.04 500-meter dash, finishing in fifth place and earning four points for Amherst.

Also contributing to the Jeff’s point tally was the 4x800-meter relay team, which won its event in 9:31.75. Placing ahead of 15 other squads, the relay team finished more than four seconds ahead of second-place Rowan University.

“I think the women’s fourth place finish exceeded our expectations going into the meet,” said Sullivan. “Most of the team was just looking to close out the season with solid races, so it was a nice bonus to place so well as a team.”

The women’s team ended up in fourth place, just one point behind third-place Bates College. Its next competition will be at DePauw University in the National Championships this weekend.

Issue 18, Submitted 2010-03-10 04:57:57