The Middlebury College track and field teams opened up their home season by hosting the Middlebury Invitational on the Dragone Track & Field Complex. The Panthers won 15 events on the day, with Vermont, Union, St. Rose, Colby-Sawyer and Norwich competing.
Junior Bobby Marcoux (Campbell Hall, N.Y.) turned in the top performance of the day as he hit the NCAA qualifying mark by winning the discus with a toss of 156'11". Senior Kevin Bright (Sharon, Mass.) was a winner in the 400 hurdles (56.33), sophomore Jimmy Butcher (Garden City, N.J.) won the 5000 (15:37.75), senior Matt Engler (San Diego, Calif.) was a victor in the 110 hurdles (16.38), while the 4x100 team comprised of Bright, Engler, senior Khristoph Becker (Media, Pa.) and rookie Jake Liberman (St. Louis, Mo.) won the event in 43.81.
Field event winners on the day include senior Steve Atkinson (Huntingdon, Que.) in the hammer (138'6"), sophomore Patrick Sedney (Underhill, Vt.) in the pole vault (12'6"), junior Pascal Losambe (S. Burlington, Vt.) in the shot put (44'11.75") and sophomore Albert Handy (Westbury, N.Y.) in the triple jump (40'.25").
On the women's side, first-year racer Jen Katz (Winchester, Mass.) was a winner in the 200 (26.46), rookie Jennifer Brenes (Lawrence, Mass.) won the 100 hurdles (15.60), while junior Andrea Giddings (S. Portland, Maine) was a winner in the steeplechase (11:34.55).
First-year athlete Emer Feighery (Westborough, Mass.) won the pole vault (10'), classmate Kelley Coughlan (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) was a winner in the triple jump (34'11.25"), while senior Whitney Creed (Farmington, Conn.) picked up a win with a toss of 139'7" in the hammer.