The Middlebury indoor track & field teams set a pair of school records and tallied two event victories during the Open New England Championships on Friday and Saturday hosted by Division I Boston University. The event was contested on a banked track and featured over 70 schools combined from all three NCAA divisions. All-New England honors were awarded to the top-eight finishers in each event. The men finished sixth of 32 teams with 33 points, while the women tied for 12th of 35 with 23 points. The teams return to the track next Saturday for the Tufts Last Chance Meet.
On the men's side, Jimmy Martinez claimed the 400-meter dash event title with a time of 48.55. A few events later, James Mulliken posted a school-record time of 1:04.68 in the 500-meter dash to finish third. Mulliken's time betters the previous record of 1:06.05 set earlier this season by Martinez.
Other All-New England accolades in the track events went to Kevin Serrao, who raced to second place in the mile run with a time of 4:10.80, while Jonathan Perlman was just behind in fourth (4:12.93). Connor Evans crossed the line in fifth during the 3,000-meter run (8:32.14).
Off the track, John Natalone cleared the bar in the pole vault at 14'11", good for ninth place.
In women's events, the Panthers shattered a 19-year old school record in the 4x800-meter relay. The quartet of Sasha Whittle, Lucy Lang, Anna Willig and Meg Wilson won the event with a time of 9:05.24, erasing the former record of 9:25.32 set in 1998.
Another solid effort was recorded by the distance medley relay team of Willig, Paige Fernandez, Wilson and Whittle. The team finished in third place with a time of 11:54.86, Division III's sixth-fastest time thus far this winter with the conversion for the banked track.
Off the track, Kreager Taber tied for 10th during the pole vault, clearing the bar at 10'8".