Lord Jeffs Place 3rd at ECAC Championships

Patrick Grimes '13 won the mile run and
helped the Jeffs place 8th in the DMR.

Contact: Justin Long

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Amherst College men’s indoor track and field team won three events and scored points in three others to place third at the ECAC Championships, marking the highest-ever finish for the Lord Jeffs.

Amherst was one of 62 schools to score points at The Armory Track and Field Center, as the Lord Jeffs (34) trailed only Bates (69) and Tufts (48) while finishing ahead of UMass Dartmouth (32) and TCNJ (30.25).

Highlighting Amherst’s performances was senior captain Ben Scheetz’s time of 2:25.50 in the 1,000-meter run, which broke a 25-year-old school record and an 11-year-old meet record. Scheetz—who set a Division III record in the 800-meter run last weekend—bested the previous Amherst mark of 2:26.4, which had been set by William Flannery ’88 in 1987.

Matt Melton ’14 gave Amherst another win with a personal-best 1:04.19 in the 500-meter dash, while Patrick Grimes ’13 added 10 points for the Jeffs by posting the top time in the mile run (4:12.25). Also earning a point in the distance events was Andrew Erskine ’13, who took the final scoring spot in the 5,000-meter run (14:49.41).

Grimes, Melton and Scheetz would also team up with Alex Durkee ’15 to place eighth in the distance medley (10:04.90), with Durkee also running the lead leg in the 4x800 relay. The Jeffs would place eighth in the 4x800 (7:53.74) thanks to a career-best 1:55 by Lucas Lebovitz ’15 in the final leg.

The NCAA Division III Championships will take place next weekend in Grinnell, Iowa. Although the championship field will not be official until Monday, Scheetz and Melton will likely represent the Lord Jeffs at this year’s national meet, with Grimes also in contention for a spot in the field.