Jeffs Place 6th at New England Championships

Contact: Justin Long

Greg Turissini '15 placed 7th in the 5k (15:10.01).

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – The Amherst College men’s indoor track and field team won three events and placed sixth among 24 schools Saturday afternoon at the Division III New England Championships, which were held at Springfield College.

Ben Scheetz ’12 was once again the team’s top performer, as he won two races and ran an outstanding leg on the 4x800 relay. Scheetz had won the 600-meter run at each of the past two New England Championship meets, but this time around he began his day with a winning time of 49.07 seconds in the 400-meter dash.

Amherst’s senior captain then posted a win in the 1,000-meter run, finishing 0.18 seconds ahead of Bowdoin senior Matthew Hillard. Six runners bested the previous facility record of 2:32.18, but Scheetz (2:28.93) and Hillard (2:29.11) were the only two competitors to crack 2:30.

With two wins under his belt, Scheetz wrapped up his weekend by helping Amherst come from behind for a fifth-place finish in the 4x800-meter relay. The Lord Jeffs stumbled out of the gate, but Alex Durkee ’15 and Matt Melton ’14 were able to gain significant ground in the second and third legs. Scheetz closed out the race with an impressive 1:50 in the final leg, giving Amherst a time of 8:00.07.

Melton also accounted for Amherst’s third win of the day, as he edged MIT’s Patrick Marx in the 600-meter run. Marx shaved nearly a full second off of his qualifying time and finished with a 1:21.99, but Melton pulled out the victory with a 1:21.61 for 10 team points.

First-year Greg Turissini added two points to Amherst’s total with a strong race in the 5,000-meter run, as his time of 15:10.01 left him in seventh place. Patrick Grimes ’13 finished third in the 800-meter run (1:56.11) and led off the distance medley relay, as he joined Nick Codola ’15, Geoff Ainslie ’12 and Romey Sklar ’15 to place fifth (10:31.25).

Bates finished with 103 points for the team win, followed by MIT (95), Tufts (89), Williams (76), Bowdoin (71.5) and Amherst (46).

The Lord Jeffs will head to Boston University next weekend for the Open New England Championships.