Women's Track & Field

Three School Records Fall as Panthers Compete at DIII New Englands

Maddie Pronovost set a school record in the heptathlon at the Division III New England Championships.
Maddie Pronovost set a school record in the heptathlon at the Division III New England Championships.

Maddie Pronovost, Helene Rowland and Natalie Cheung each broke school records on Saturday, highlighting the Middlebury track & field teams' performances in the Division III New England Championships hosted by Williams. The Panther women finished tied for sixth out of 32 teams competing with 34 points, while the men were 10th out of 32 teams with 27.5 points. Top-eight finishers in each event earned All-New England honors.

During the women's competition, Pronovost captured the heptathlon title and All-New England honors with a winning total of 4,419 points. That point mark breaks the previous record of 4,177 set by Hannah Blackburn in 2015 and is good for 11th in Division III this spring. Highlighting Pronovost's efforts during the two-day event were wins in the 100-meter hurdles (15.13) and the long jump (18'2.25").

Rowland tossed the shot put on Saturday to a distance of 39'2.5", good for sixth and All-New England accolades. Her distance breaks a 13-year old record of 38'9" set in 2004 by Whitney Creed.

Cheung raced around the track with a time of 25.77 in the 200-meter dash, finishing in 16th place. Her time betters the mark of 25.87 set by Jennifer Katz in 2006.

Other All-New England honors were posted by Sasha Whittle with a runner-up finish in the 1,500-meter run (4:33.34), while Abigail Nadler was fifth in the same event (4:35.96). Paige Fernandez ran to seventh in the 400-meter hurdles (1:05.16), while Meg Wilson was seventh during the 800-meter run (2:13:14).

Away from the track, Devon Player finished sixth in the javelin (132'1"), while Kreager Taber was seventh in the pole vault (11'6.5").

On the men's side, numerous Panthers earned All-New England accolades. On the track, Kevin Serrao finished second in the 800-meter run (1:52.40), while teammate Nathan Hill was fourth (1:53.07). Jimmy Martinez crossed the line in fourth during the 400-meter dash (48.82), while Arden Coleman was right behind in fifth (48.93). Jonathan Perlman raced to seventh in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 3:55.39.

Away from the track, Minhaj Rahman wound up sixth in the hammer throw with his best toss covering 162'4", while John Natalone tied for eighth in the pole vault (14'2").

The teams will return to Williams next Friday and Saturday for the Open New England Championships.