The Middlebury men's and women's indoor track and field teams each placed first, as the Panthers hosted the Middlebury Team Challenge on Saturday on the New Balance Foundation Track in Virtue Field House. The women's squad recorded 200 points to lead the five-team field, while the men collected 237 points to pace the four programs competing. Both Middlebury teams compete at the Division III New England Championships next weekend, with the men's team heading to MIT and the women going to Bowdoin.
The men excelled in the distance events, led by Harrison Knowlton in the 5,000 meters. Knowlton completed the longest race of the day in 15:28.15. Theo Henderson took top honors in the mile with a time of 4:24.37 and Jonathan Perlman won the 800 meters in 1:57.53.
Jimmy Martinez won the 400 meters in 49.87 seconds, while Nicholas Hendrix collected the top time of 22.37 in the 200 meters. Conrado Banky added a top performance in the 60-meter dash with a swift time of 7.12 seconds.
In the field events, Minhaj Rahman posted his sixth first-place effort of the winter, claiming first in the weight throw with a heave of 57'7.75". Nathaniel Klein turned in a winning toss of 47'7.75" in the shot put. John Natalone topped the field in the pole vault with a height of 14'7.25".
The women got off to a fast start, winning the distance medley relay. The quartet of Tasha Greene, Gretchen McGrath, Meg Wilson and Rory Kelly combined for a time of 12:18.84. Greene added another first-place effort in the 1,000 meters, finishing the race in 3:07.66.
Abigail Nadler won the mile with a clocking of 5:06.90, while Cassie Kearney placed first in the 800 meters in 2:17.97. Lucy Lang was first to cross the finish line in the 600 meters win 1:38.36. Middlebury capped the event, winning the 4x400 relay with the team of Kearney, Katelyn Pease, Nicole Johnson and Emily Bulczynski posting a time of 4:04.68.
Kreager Taber boasted a first-place performance in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 10'11.75".