Middlebury's Katherine MacCary's All-American finish in the women's 10,000-meter race highlighted action on a windy opening day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio. The three-day event is being hosted by the University of Mount Union and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission at the SPIRE Institute.
During Thursday's 4x400-meter relay preliminary run, the Panther quartet of Arden Coleman, William Robertson, Nathan Hill and Jimmy Martinez posted a time of 3:14.90, good for eighth place. The relay team will compete in the final on Saturday at 4:00 p.m.
Individually, Jonathan Perlman posted a time of 3:58.12 to finish 11th during the preliminaries of the 1,500-meter run. He qualified for a spot in Saturday's 12:35 p.m. final.
In the final event of the night, MacCary earned All-American status with a sixth-place effort in the meet's longest event. She posted a time of 36:31.54 in Thursday's final, bettering her No. 18 seed by 12 spots.
Three Panthers took to the track during the 1,500 meters. Abigail Nadler finished as the runner-up in her heat by just .03 seconds with a time of 4:38.84. That mark was fourth in the preliminary run and qualified her for Saturday's final at 12:25 p.m. Katie Glew ran to a 15th-place finish in the event (4:43.56), while teammate Tasha Greene was one spot behind in 16th (4:45.85).
Rebecca Gorman finished 22nd in the javelin toss, recording her best throw of 109'11.25" during her second attempt.
On Friday, the Panther men will be represented by Martinez who will compete in the 400-meter preliminaries, while Hill will take part in the 800 meters. Cassie Kearney and Meg Wilson will compete on the women's side in the 800-meter prelims.