Track Teams Take Second in Little Three Championships
By Nihal Sharinath '12, Editor-in-Chief
The fastest and most furious on the east coast met last Friday for the Princeton Univ. Larry Ellis Memorial Meet. A select few from the men’s track team and Melissa Sullivan ’12 ran against some of the best Div. I to Div. III runners on the Atlantic coast. Ben Scheetz ’12 added to his spectacular year by setting a school record in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:48.71, 1.51 seconds better than the previous record.

Scheetz was given the NESCAC Runner of the Week award for this achievement. Also racing in the invitational were John McGrail ’11 in the 3000m steeplechase and Will Yochum ’11 and Sullivan in the 1,500m.

On a cold, rainy Saturday in Western Massachusetts, both the men’s and women’s teams snagged second in the Little Three Championships. On the women’s side, Williams came in first with 176 points, with the Jeffs lagging behind at 114 points. The Jeffs did manage to beat Wesleyan by 41 points, who was stuck with 73. The men’s side was just as lopsided: with Williams securing 161.5 points, the Singing College and Wesleyan were neck and neck, before the Jeffs pulled ahead with 104 points to the Cardinals’ 95.

Sullivan added to her trophy-laden season with a win in the 800m with a time of 2:21.19. Sophomore Keri Lambert provided the other Jeff win in the 3,000m steeplechase, finishing in 11:25.53.

The Lord Jeff men did well at the medal stand, winning six of 17 events. Scheetz was speedy as always, winning 200m, and Matt Melton ’14 won the 400m. The two then joined with Tommy Moore ’11 and Andrew Reed ’12 in notching the top time in the 4x400 in 3:22.79. The other three champions were Steve Corsello ’11 in the 800m, Patrick Grimes ’13 in the 1,500m and fellow sophomore Dillon Buckley in the 3,000m steeplechase.

This Saturday, the men and women will attempt to top their best times at the NESCAC Championships.

Issue 24, Submitted 2011-04-27 03:20:10