Jeffs Win Springfield Invite, Scheetz Sets Record

Denzel Duncan '13 factored into the scoring by
setting a personal record in the shot put (13.04m).

Contact: Justin Long

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The fourth-ranked Amherst College men’s indoor track and field team placed first among 10 schools at the Springfield Invitational, with Ben Scheetz ’12 setting a new facility and Amherst record in the 600-meter run.

In what was one of the program’s best performances of the past decade, Amherst pulled out the win by posting the top times in the final two events of the day. Scheetz led the charge in the 4x400 relay to help the Jeffs edge Williams College, as he joined Matt Melton ’14, Nick Codola ’15 and Alex Durkee ’15 for a winning time of 3:25.08.

Amherst then secured first place in the team standings by winning the distance medley relay in 10:50.94, with Eli Howe ’13, Chris Erickson ’12, Patrick Grimes ’13 and Lucas Lebovitz ’15 teaming up to finish nearly five seconds ahead of the runners-up from Hartford.

The Jeffs’ performances in the 4x400 and DMR helped them finish with 134 points, with Oneonta (121.50), Williams (120), Hartford (111) and Springfield (101) rounding out the top five. Also competing in the meet were Stevens (67.50), Trinity (31), ECSU (19), Manhattanville (4) and Mount Saint Mary (4).

In addition to running a strong leg in the 4x400, Scheetz bested his own school and facility records in the 600, winning the race by nearly four seconds with a time of 1:18.60. Melton would place second in the 600 (1:22.35) for another eight Amherst points.

Amherst also took the top two spots in the 800, as Grimes ran a personal-best 1:56.96 and was followed by Lebovitz (1:59.75). First-year Romey Sklar won the 1,000-meter run (2:37.42), while Alvaro Morales ’14 set a personal record with a winning time of 15:28.12 in the 5k.

The 3k saw three Lord Jeffs set personal bests, as Andrew Erskine ’13 (8:42.39), Dillon Buckley ’13 (8:49.58) and KC Fussell ’15 (8:53.79) placed first, third and fifth. Amherst earned 14 points by placing three in the top six of the mile run, with Greg Turissini ’15 leading the way by finishing third (4:25.89).

Selasie Krampa ’13 stood out for Amherst in the sprints with a sixth-place showing in the 60-meter dash, as his time of 7.31 seconds was good enough for a new personal record. Denzel Duncan ’13 led the Jeffs in the field events with a new PR in the shot put (13.04m), which was good enough for fifth place. Mark Cort ’15 also picked up points in the field by placing sixth in the long jump (6.27m).

The Lord Jeffs will return to action next Saturday for the Valentine Invitational at Boston University.