Indoor Track Looks Strong for 2009-10 Season

MEN’S TEAM

The Amherst College men’s indoor track and field team looks to improve once again in 2009-10, with head coach Ned Nedeau expecting the Lord Jeffs to qualify for NCAA Nationals in a number of events. In the distance events, look for senior Dan Murner and junior Will Yochum to carry momentum off a strong cross country season. Nedeau has aspirations that the pair can qualify for NCAAs and challenge for All-American honors this winter. First-year Andrew Erskine and juniors Travis Cohoon and John McGrail will join senior Carlyle Eubank in his return from injury to provide depth for the Amherst men in the distance events, and should score points for the Jeffs at the regional championship meets.

The middle-distance runners open the 2009-10 season as the expected strength of the Amherst men’s team, with the DMR group looking to challenge for a national championship. The quartet of William Bell, Tommy Moore, Kit Callahan and Jimmy Swanson all return from the DMR unit that placed seventh at NCAAs last year, and will look to climb higher with another year of working together. Additionally, Swanson, Yochum and junior Steven Corsello look strong in the mile event, while Ben Scheetz returns from injury to provide a boost. First-years Patrick Grimes and Adron Pitmon are expected to make an immediate impact, while Callahan is coming off his best cross country season ever.

In the sprints, Amherst lost just one senior from last year’s team and should be the strongest it has ever been. Tommy Moore played soccer this fall for Amherst, while football stars Sean Legister, Andre Gary and Andrew Reed will join Larry Tompson to form a very strong group. Nedeau hopes that this group of dual-sport athletes can make a quick transition from fall sports to become a dominant group in track. In the field events, look for Chris Eaton to excel in the hammer event this winter, as one of Amherst’s returning stars.

WOMEN’S TEAM

On the women’s side, Amherst will also look to carry momentum off a strong cross country season into the distance events. Senior Sophie Galleher has been a standout for the Jeffs all fall, and will lead the group. The Jeffs lose three talented juniors to study abroad programs, but first-years Sarah Daly, Keri Lambert, and Kristen Moulton have been impressive in cross country and should make an impact this winter.

At middle distance, if her cross country season is any indication then sophomore Melissa Sullivan will have great success this winter. Seniors Hoiwan Cheung and Mary Doris Reggie return to power the long sprints for Amherst, with sophomore Eliza Schalch and first-years Lauren Almeida , Elodie Reed and Lambert making their presence felt already.

In the sprint events, rookie Jade McKnight has looked good in early season workouts. Cheung and Reggie will also double-dip in the sprints, and will provide an experienced pairing to go with Susan Wasserman in her return from a study abroad for the spring semester.

First-year Jess Mueller has been particularly impressive in both the long and triple jump during practices, and Nedeau is hopeful she can make the transition to competing in the high jump as well. Sophomore Jordan Roehl will be an athlete to watch if she can improve upon a stellar rookie season, and has the potential to be a record-setting throwing for Amherst.