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Branwen Smith-King Invitational

On Saturday February 1st, the Mammoths travelled to Tufts University to compete at the Branwen Smith-King Invitational, the first of three times this indoor season the Mammoths will compete at Tufts. While the meet was scored, the focus was not on winning the meet, but rather entering each athlete in the best race for them at this point in the season.

Men

Ajay Sarathy '21 running the 3k

The day got started for the Mammoths with the 60 meter dash, where Trevor Hall '22 competed for the first time this indoor season, and he qualified for the semifinals. Marshall Richardson '22 continued to run consistently well in the 60 meter dash.

The next event on the track was the 3,000, where Billy Massey '21 led the Mammoths with his third place finish in a competitive field, and set a personal best in the event by 15 seconds, a huge improvement! With his time of 8:35, he currently ranks thirty-fifth nationally in the event. Spencer Ferguson-Dryden finished sixth, and Ajay Sarathy '21 finished right behind him in seventh place, and set a 13 second personal best! Firstyear Keon Mazdisnian ran a great race as well, and placed tenth, just ahead of Braxton Schuldt '21, who had a nice race.

Owen Daily '22 en route to winning his heat of the mile

In the mile, Braedon Fiume '23 took on a strong field and competed hard. In the next heat, Owen Daily '22 won his heat in a great effort, finishing more than two seconds ahead of the next competitor. Behind him, Aydin Williams '23 ran well in his first mile race of the year. Sophomores Spencer Davis and Lev Robertson worked together throughout the race to finish strong.

Mayowa Tinubu '20 running a personal best in the 400!

Next on the track was the 400 meters, where Ellis Phillips-Galucci '23 led the Mammoths, running 52.20 seconds. Right behind him, Kyland Smith '21 tied his indoor personal best in the 400, running 52.23, and Stanley Dunwell '20 competed well. Mayowa Tinubu '20 ran his second ever 400 race, and dropped a full second off his previous best time set last week! Ben Wadsworth '22 ran a season best, Theo Bates '20 ran a nice first 400 of the season, and Matt Gelin '23 competed well.

Bobby Innes-Gold '22 running the 1,000

Ryan Prenosil '21 won the 600, using a strong final lap to win the event in a time of 1:21.09, which is fourth all-time at Amherst! Behind him, Will Spurrell '23 ran a great race and just missed his personal best in the event, and Andrew Swenson '21 also had a great race and ran a season best. In the 800, Teddy Lane '20 had an awesome race and just missed his personal best in the event. In the 1,000, Bobby Innes-Gold '22 won his heat and set a personal best! In the second event of the day, Mayowa came back from his 400 and ran a solid time of 23.49. In his second race of the season, Chris Chukwura '22 won his heat.

The meet ended with the 4x400 in a Mammoth victory! Kyland led off and ran a great second lap to put the Mammoths in a great position handing off to Ellis, who ran his best race of the season, splitting 50.90 and made a great move to hand off to Stanley in second place. Stanley competed hard the whole way, and put the Mammoths just off the lead going into the anchor leg with a great split of 51.1. Ryan Prenosil brought the Mammoths home with a victory, splitting 49.80 to cap off a great day.

Jordan Edwards '20 approaching the board in triple jump

In the field, Theo Bates '20 jumped a season best in the long jump, and Kelechi Eziri '23 had a nice day in the long jump and triple jump. Jordan Edwards '20 made the triple jump finals to join teammate Kelechi. Jack Renda '23 had a huge day in the weight throw, setting a new personal best by over a foot!

Women

Rachel Ruderman '21 running the mile

The day got started for the women in the 60 meter dash, where Anna Buford '20 ran a season best. In the 60 meter hurdles, Lauren Lamb '21 ran a season best and continues to bring consistency to her races.

The 3,000 was a huge race for the Mammoths, as Sarah Gayer '21 and Sophie Wolmer '23 took on a strong field and both finished with significant personal bests! With one lap to go, Sarah launched into a sprint and passed several women to finish second, and Sophie fought until the line to finish third. With their performances, they both rank in the top twenty-two nationally in the event. Kristin Ratliff '20 ran strong to place twelfth in the same heat. In the next heat, Eline Laurent '22 ran a well-executed race, closing in on the leaders to win her heat in a new personal best! Mary Kate McGranahan '23 fought throughout the race to place seventh in the same heat.

Rachel Ruderman '21 ran the mile for the first time, and used a great kick on the last lap to place second in her heat. Just behind her, Olivia Polischeck '21 set another personal best in the mile, improving upon her previous personal best set just a few weeks ago! Maya Bhandari '20 ran well in her second mile race of the season.

Juanita Jaramillo '22 running an indoor personal best in the 400!

Next on the track for the Mammoths was the 400, where Juanita Jaramillo '22 led our deep women's long sprints crew with her second place finish, and set an indoor personal best in the event, running 60.00! Juanita ran a strong last lap, as did Anna Madden '22, who placed third right behind her teammate and ran a season best time of 60.42 after long jumping earlier in the meet. In the next heat, Sophia Friedman '21 ran a season best! Isabelle Lobo '22 won the next heat, and ran a strong second lap to help Susannah Auderset '23 to a season best!

Jordan Bailey-Rhodeman '21 running a personal best in the 600!

Katie Lingen '22 got the 600 started for the Mammoths with a huge personal best and second place finish in a strong field! Katie's time also places her fifth all-time at Amherst in the event. Jordan Bailey-Rhodeman '21 won the next heat of the 600 and continues to run well after injuries ended her indoor season last year. In the following heat, Ava Tillman '23 ran well in her first time ever running the race!

Jenny Mazzella '20 en route to winning the 1,000!

In the 800, Grace Haase '21 ran well in a crowded 800 race! Mia Rahn '23 set an indoor personal best a few heats later! In the 1,000 Jenny Mazzella '20 won the event in a personal best time of 3:06 and earned her first individual collegiate victory. Jenny led a great race for the Mammoths, as Isabella Landry '23 placed fifth in the race in her first time running the 1,000. Just behind her, Maggie Drew '22 almost broke her personal best in the event! Sylvia Frank '20 ran a nice race as well, using a great kick on the last lap. Anna Buford ran the last individual event of the day for the Mammoths, winning her heat.

Kasia Krosniak '21 in the long jump

In the field, Lauren Lamb jumped a season best in the triple jump, and Kasia Krosniak '21 wasn't far off her season best in the long jump. Kasia also competed fearlessly in the high jump, just missing a personal best in the event. Katie Siegel '20 jumped well in the high jump to place second! Caroline Ferguson-Dryden '20 enjoyed a huge day in the throws, as she set personal bests in the both the weight throw and shot put by significant margins! Stephanie Zovich '23 threw well in both the weight throw and shot put in a great display of consistency.

The last event of the day was the 4x400, where the Mammoths ran three relays! Our "A" team of Anna Madden, Sophia Friedman, Katie Lingen and Juanita Jaramillo won the event in dominating fashion, winning the event by more than three seconds after all of them ran well in their individual events earlier in the day. Juanita and Katie both ran lighting fast splits of 59.5! Our "B" team of Isabelle Lobo, Susannah Auderset, Jordan Bailey-Rhodeman and Ava Tillman all ran hard and placed fourth overall! Our "C" team composed of all mid-distance runners Grace Haase, Jenny Mazzella, Isabella Landry and Rachel Ruderman won the second heat, and beat several top 4x400 teams from other schools!

We saw more Mammoths earn qualifying marks for the Division III New England Championships!

Juanita, Ben, Grace LeCates and Anna Madden!

Many thanks to the many family and friends who came to Tufts to cheer on the team, we really appreciate your support! And many thanks to Grace LeCates '22 for taking the photos used in this.

NEXT UP for the Mammoths are the Tufts Cupid Challenge on Saturday February 8th, and the Blue & Orange Multi at Utica College on Saturday and Sunday February 8th and 9th for multi athletes Jack Dufton '20, Annelise Romero '22 and Max Spelke '23.