A school record in the women's 4x100-meter relay and four event titles highlighted Saturday's action as the Middlebury track and field teams opened their annual spring trip to California in the Point Loma Nazarene University Invitational. The Panther women finished second out of 10 teams with 142 points, while the men were fourth of nine with 112 points. Middlebury returns to action Saturday when it competes in the California Collegiate Invitational hosted by UC San Diego.
During the women's competition, the 4x100-meter relay team of Ellie Greenberg, Maddie Pronovost, Marisa Edmondson and Elizabeth Walkes ran to a school-record time of 49.10, good for fifth place. The time betters the mark of 49.36 set in 2014.
Other top-five efforts on the track came from Basia Osborne (1:04.10, third) and Paige Fernandez (1:05.39, fifth) in the 400-meter hurdles, while Pronovost crossed the line third in the 100-meter hurdles (15.09). Additional marks were tallied by Meg Wilson in the 400-meter dash (1:00.25, fourth), Sasha Whittle during the 800-meter run (2:15.60, fourth) and Walkes in the 100-meter dash (12.55, fifth).
Off the track, Osborne was third in the long jump (17'2.75"), while Jane Freda leapt to fifth (16'9.25").
On the men's side, Jimmy Martinez claimed the title in the 400-meter dash (48.54), while teammate Alex Nichols was right behind in second (48.61). Later in the relays, the 4x400-meter team of Nichols, Martinez, James Mulliken and Kevin Serrao won with a time of 3:17.07, racing to the line 2.39 seconds faster than the next closest team.
Away from the track, John Natalone also earned a win for the Panthers, tying for the pole vault title when he cleared the bar at 14'11".
During running events, three Panthers placed in the top-five spots separated by less than three seconds during the 5,000-meter run. Sam Klockenkemper was third (15:06.70) ahead of Connor Evans in fourth (15:07.39) and Harrison Knowlton in fifth (15:09.33). Other top-five places were recorded by Jonathan Perlman in the 800-meter run (1:55.28, fourth) and Brendan Wood during the 3,000-meter steeplechase (10:16.50, fifth).
The Panther men tallied some solid efforts during the field events, including Alfred Hurley with a third-place toss in the javelin throw (184'3"), while Tyler Chaisson was fifth in the shot put (45'10.5").