The Middlebury College track and field teams opened the season with their annual trip to San Diego over spring break. The Panthers took part in a pair of meets at Point Loma Nazarene University, boasting some impressive early season results.
Senior Khristoph Becker (Media, Pa.) wasted little time in qualifying for the NCAA's in the javelin, as the defending NCAA Champion placed second with a toss of 203'4". Middlebury also broke a pair of school records on the day, with second place finishes from first-year racer Jen Katz (Winchester, Mass.) in the 200 meters (25.84) and classmate Jennifer Brenes (Lawrence, Mass.) in the 100 hurdles (14.9).
The Panthers also boasted five winners on the March 21st meet, including junior Beth Butler (Bronxville, N.Y.) in the 800 (2:21.2) and junior Andrea Giddings (S. Portland, Maine) in the 3000 (10:27.18). On the men's side, senior Kevin Bright (Sharon, Mass.) won the 400 hurdles (54.60), senior Matt Engler (San Diego, Calif.) was a winner in the 110 hurdles (15.5), while senior Steve Atkinson (Huntingdon, Que.) won the hammer with a toss of 145'9".
The highlight of the second meet on March 27th, was Bright qualifying for the NCAA's in the 400 hurdles, winning the event with a time of 53.68. Middlebury's other winner on the day was junior Mary Frederickson (Florham Park, N.J.), who won the javelin with a 124'1" effort.