The Panther indoor track teams had a busy weekend, both competing at the New England Championships. The men earned their best finish in 10 years by tying for ninth among 24 teams competing at Springfield. The women’s squad earned an impressive fourth place finish among 22 teams in action at M.I.T. Top eight finishers earned All-New England honors at the meets.
Junior Michael Schmidt (Wilmette, Ill.) and sophomore Patrick Hebble (Sudbury, Mass.) both earned team-best third place finishes at the meet. Schmidt accomplished the feat in the 3,000 in 8:35, while Hebble placed third in the 1,000 (2:32.97). Placing fourth for the men were rookie Peter Hetzler (Rumson, N.J.) in the 400 (50.81) and classmate Kevin Chu (Burlington, Vt.) in the 55 hurdles (7.91), while sophomore John Davies (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) finished fifth in the mile (4:21.16). Sophomore Anthony Lee (Plainsboro, N.J.) finished with a time of 8:42.50 in the 3,000 to place seventh, while sophomore Stuart Fram (Waterbury Center, Vt.) also placed seventh with a time of 7.95 in the 55 hurdles. The men also had some All-New England relay teams, including the 4x400 (8th), 4x800 (5th) and the DMR (8th).
The Middlebury women featured a pair of New England Champions as well as a championship relay team. Sophomore Grace Doering (Darien, Conn.) won the title in the high jump (5’6.5”), while junior Margo Cramer (Seattle, Wash.) won the mile (4:54.38), setting a new meet, track and school record. Cramer also earned All-N.E. honors with a second place finish in the 800 (2:16.73). The championship 4x800 relay team finished with a time of 9:32.82 and was comprised of Cramer, senior Kaitlynn Saldanha (Scarborough, Maine), senior Cailey Condit (Leverett, Mass.) and rookie Katie Rominger (Brooklyn, N.Y.).
Saldanha earned a second place finish in the 600 (1:37.08) and a fifth in the 1,000 (3:05.16), while senior Erin Toner (New Providence, N.J.) came in fourth in the 1,000 with a time of 3:02.91. First-year racer Colette Whitney (High Bridge, N.J.) earned a fourth place finish in the 5,000 (17:58.45), junior Mia Martinez (Ridgewood, N.J.) came in seventh in the 55 hurdles (8.79), while Rominger was eighth in the mile (5:11.87). Also earning All-N.E. honors were sophomore Emily Dodge (Auburn, Maine) in the 55 hurdles (8th-8.82), senior Amanda Lee (Lincoln, Neb.) in the 3,000 (8th-10:24) and the DMR relay team, which placed third.