The Middlebury men's and women's indoor track and field teams hosted their Winterfell Meet on Saturday, boasting several top finishes. The men placed third among the seven competing schools with 136 points, trailing only NCAA Division I programs Albany (181) and Vermont (137). The women recorded 86 points, placing fourth behind Albany (193), McGill (115) and Vermont (102). Both Middlebury teams return to action next weekend, hosting the Middlebury Invitational Friday and Saturday on the New Balance Track in Virtue Field House.
Kate McCluskey had a big day for the Panthers, winning the 600 meters in 1:35.12 and setting a program record in the 200 (26.17), as she finished fifth overall. Abigail Nadler had a first-place performance in the 3,000, completing the day's longest event in 10:09.30. Teammate Talia Ruxin was third in the race with a clocking of 10:19.30.
In the field events, Helene Rowland placed third in the shot put with a heave of 37'5.75".
For the men, the Panthers' Minhaj Rahman took top honors in the weight throw for the second-straight week, finishing with a throw of 52'4.5." Kevin Serrao was the first to cross the finish line in the 800 meters with a time of 1:58.03, while Nathan Hill won the 1,000 in 2:20.01. Nathan Evans earned 10 team points as the top NCAA runner in the 3,000, finishing with a time of 8:46.06.
In the pole vault, John Natalone won his second title of the winter season, clearing a height of 14'6", while teammate Evan Mercer was second (13'5.25").
Middlebury added a second-place effort in the 4x800 relay, as the team of Sawyer Tadano, Matt D'Aquila, Peter Elkind and Evans finished in 8:26.95.