Amherst Indoor Track Looks to Run Strong in 2008-09
The women will lose the services, leadership and championship points of four graduated runners in All-American Heather Wilson, Kim Partee, Laura Mortimer and Katie Moravec, all whom contributed tremendously to the strength of the program during their four years. Replacing the points from those who have left the program will be extremely difficult but the team will still strive for excellence heading into the Championships.
All-American Elise Tropiano returns as one of the best runners in the country and will look to lead a very strong distance group consisting of Sophie Galleher, Nicole Anderson, Hallie Schwab and Liz Dalton. Caitlin Murphy earned All-American honors as a member of the DMR and will look to lead a strong mid-distance contingent including fellow NCAA performer Zandra Walton.
Tri-captains Carly Levenson and Kate Silverman will be instrumental in leading a very talented long sprint crew of Molly Priedeman, Mary Doris Reggie, Susie Wasserman, Zoe Pagonis and Hoiwan Cheung. The short sprinters should be able to rack up quite a few points in both relays and open events with Jenny Mancino, Jennifer Rybak (Hurdles, multi), Matti Baker, and Kat Loomis leading the charge.
Sarah Leyman had a huge first year throwing for the team, and should get a lot of pushing from first Jordan Roehl. Several other first-years could have an immediate impact, as Shannon McKenna, Eliza Schalch, Melissa Sullivan, Laura Zaccagnino and Chelsea Whipp could turn some heads during the season.
The men lose the leadership of several seniors but will return nearly their entire team from last season, as well as the return of some key members who were abroad or injured. Jimmy Swanson will look to build upon his breakthrough season in the 800 and 1500, and this could be the strength of the team as Jack Kiley will return from a year off. Steve Stewart and Kit Callahan are back and healthy, and first-year runners Steve Corsello and Ben Scheetz have both run some very fast times.
Harrison Lakehomer, Peter Foote, Carlyle Eubank and Will Yochum should all play a big role in the distance events and should get plenty of support from Eric Holaday and sophomores Ben Mears and John McGrail. Anthony Fuller and Keith Pendergrass will head up the sprint crew and several guys who did it for the first time last year should gain valuable experience that will enable them to see some big gains this year. Chris Eaton and Ryan Bone are football converts who threw last spring, and they should pick up where they left off and bolster the throwing events.