All-American Accolades Posted on Final Day of NCAA Championships

(L-R): William Robertson, Arden Coleman, Nathan Hill and Jimmy Martinez finished eighth in Saturday's 4x400-meter relay.
(L-R): William Robertson, Arden Coleman, Nathan Hill and Jimmy Martinez finished eighth in Saturday's 4x400-meter relay.

The Panther men's and women's track and field teams combined to garner All-American accolades in five events during the final day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Geneva, Ohio. The three-day event was hosted by the University of Mount Union and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission at the SPIRE Institute. The Middlebury women finished tied for 23rd place out of 80 scoring teams with 10 points, while the men tied for 40th of 80 with seven points.

In men's action, the 4x400-meter quartet of Arden Coleman, William Robertson, Nathan Hill and Jimmy Martinez recorded an All-American time of 3:13.25, good for eighth place. Martinez posted a lifetime-best split of 46.78 during the anchor leg of the Panther relay.

As an individual, Hill garnered All-American accolades for the second-straight year in the 800 meters. He was fifth on Saturday with a time of 1:52.87, as the top-five finishers in the event were separated by 0.93 seconds. Hill earned a third-place run during the 2018 NCAA Championships in the event.

In field events, Minhaj Rahman posted an All-American toss of 193'0" to finish in seventh place overall in the hammer throw. He accomplished the feat on the final throw of his career.

Others competing on Saturday were Jonathan Perlman, who just missed All-American laurels in the 1,500 meters by 0.002 seconds. He crossed the line with a ninth-place time of 3:52.468, just behind the eighth-place runner's mark of 3:52.466. Martinez stopped the clock with a school-record time of 47.71 in the 400 meters to finish in ninth place. The mark lowers the previous record of 47.78 he set in 2018.

Away from the track, John Natalone was 15th in the pole vault, clearing the bar at a height of 15'1".

In the women's 1,500 meters, Abigail Nadler ran across the finish line in fourth place with an All-American time of 4:31.22. Rory Kelly endured the day's longest event, finishing seventh for All-American laurels during the 5,000 meters with a time of 17:30.92.

A few events later, Cassie Kearney posted a 10th-place effort in the 800 meters with a mark of 2:14.60, just .01 out of ninth.