Women's Track & Field

School Records Highlight DIII New Englands as Panther Women Tie for Third

The Panther women pose for a photo Saturday after tying for third place at the Division III New England Championships.
The Panther women pose for a photo Saturday after tying for third place at the Division III New England Championships.

Four school records and an event victory by the Middlebury women's track & field team highlighted the two-day Division III New England Women's Championship hosted by MIT in the Johnson Athletic Center. The Panther women racked up 62 team points with 29 teams scoring, finishing behind team champion MIT (149) and Williams (140). All-New England Division III honors were awarded to the top-eight placers in each event. The Panthers return to the track next Friday when they take part in the Open New England Championships hosted by Boston University.

In Friday's pentathlon, Maddie Pronovost claimed the event title and bettered her own school record with 3,408 points over the five events and currently ranks second in Division III. She surpassed her total of 3,367 points set during the Middlebury Invitational in late January. During the long jump event, Pronovost erased a 15-year old school record with a leap of 17'8.25". That jump betters the distance of 17'6.25" set in 2002 by Hannah Huegel.

On Saturday, two more school records fell in an individual event as well as a relay. In the 60-meter dash, Elizabeth Walkes sprinted across the line with a sixth-place effort of 7.97, lowering the record set by Lauren Henry of 8.05 in 2013. Ellie Greenberg was right behind Walkes in the event final with a time of 7.98.

The fourth record came from the 4x200-meter relay team of Walkes, Greenberg, Marisa Edmondson and Pronovost with a time of 1:46.82, good for third place. The record lowers the previous mark of 1:47.45 set in 2014.

Other individual Division III All-New England results came from Meg Wilson with a runner-up finish in the 800-meter run (2:15.66), Lucy Lang in the 1,000-meter run (4th, 3:02.96), Paige Fernandez in the 600-meter run (4th, 1:37.03) and Sasha Whittle in the mile run (5th, 5:07.69). Additional top-eight efforts were tallied by Pronovost in the 60-meter hurdles (6th, 9.21) and Cate Skinner in the 3,000-meter run (8th, 10:26.41)

In relay events, the distance medley quartet of Erica Dean, Lang, Alexis Jakubowski and Skinner finished fourth (12:28.96), the 4x800-meter relay of Abigail Nadler, Anna Willig, Whittle and Wilson was fifth (9:37.82), while the 4x400-meter relay of Basia Osborne, Edmondson, Sophie Steinberg and Fernandez ran to sixth (4:06.70).

Off the track, Helene Rowland launched the shot put to a sixth-place distance of 39'4.75".