4/9/05 - The Panther track and field teams competed at the Williams Relays last weekend with several impressive performances turned in by both the men's and women's teams.
Earning a win for the men in the 800 meters was senior Nick Digani (Northfield, Ill.), with a time of 1:56.33. Five different men earned second place finishes on the day, including senior Liam Aiello (Middletown, Conn.) in the 100 meters (11.11). Junior Kevin Bright (Sharon, Mass.) finished second in the 400 (49.41), as did first-year athlete James Butcher (Garden City, N.Y.) in the 5000 (15:34.87). Junior Steve Atkinson (Huntingdon, Que.) finished second with a toss of 177'6" in the javelin, while sophomore Will McDonough (Lancaster, N.H.) came in second in the 3000 steeplechase (9:45).
In the spring medley relay, the team of Aiello, Digani and sophomores John Montesanti (N. Tonawanda, N.Y.) and Conor O'Neil (Friendswood, Texas) won the even with a time of 3:39.80. Middlebury also won the javelin relay event as Atkinson threw 177'6, junior Khristoph Becker (Media, Pa.) had a toss of 168'10", while junior Alejandro Miranda (Norton, Mass.) threw 147'9".
The women's team had three second place finishers on the day, including sophomore Alison Brown (Rolling Hills, Calif.) in the one mile race with a time of 5:19.31. Also placing second were first-year racer Ceara Danaher (W. Hartford, Conn.) in the 3000 steeplechase (11:39.31) and sophomore Mary Frederickson (Florham Park, N.J.) in the javelin (113'5").
The women's high jump relay team comprised of first-year jumpers Meredith Downing (Canaan, N.Y.) (4'7.75") and Sarah Wilson (Winchester, Mass.) (4'7.75") along with junior Jamie Fey (Raymond, Maine), won the combined event. Middlebury's other top team was the sprint medley relay team, which placed second with a time of 4:22.59. Comprising the team were sophomores Claire Schultz (San Francisco, Calif.) and Erin Archard (Farmington, Maine) along with junior Kirsten Nagel (Winchester, Mass.) and first-year athlete Lizz Huntley (Coralville, Iowa).