The Middlebury men's distance medley relay team won the national title, while the women's distance medley relay team and Minhaj Rahman both earned All-American honors to highlight the first day of the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. The men's quartet earns the first indoor national event championship in program history and the third for the Panthers, joining the 2011 and 2012 women's DMR teams. The two-day meet is being held at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston. The final day of competition is scheduled to begin Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
The Panther team of Nathan Hill, Arden Coleman, Jimmy Martinez and Jonathan Perlman stopped the clock with a NCAA-winning time of 9:56.54, claiming the title by 2.21 seconds over runner-up North Central (Ill.). The All-American effort in the event is the third-straight year a Panther men's team has tallied a top-eight finish with third-place showings in 2017 and 2018, as well as a fourth-place run in 2012.
Rahman, who had an impressive winter season by winning the weight throw eight times, posted an eighth-place toss of 62'7.25" during his final throw of the evening. Rahman entered the meet with a school-record mark of 63'6", a distance that he rewrote four times this winter.
The women's DMR team of Abigail Nadler, Gretchen McGrath, Cassie Kearney and Rory Kelly raced to the line with a time of 11:45.37 to place fifth and garner All-American accolades.
In preliminary action on Friday, Kelly won her heat in the 3,000-meter run and posted a time of 9:58:00. She will run for a national title on Saturday at 4:40 p.m. Kearney and Meg Wilson each took part in the 800-meter event. Kearney finished ninth in 2:14.04 and missed Saturday's final by 0.50 seconds, while Wilson was 15th (2:17.69). Earlier in the day, Tasha Greene recorded a time of 5:10.73 to finish 17th in the mile run.