The Middlebury track and field teams opened up their spring seasons at the Ross & Sharon Irwin Meet hosted by Pointe Loma Nazarane University in California. The Panthers return to action next Saturday at the same school in an invitational meet.
Junior Kevin Chu (Burlington, Vt.) picked up a win in the 100 hurdles (15.31), while placing third in the 400 hurdle event (56.05). Also earning a win was junior Bryan Holtzman (Sudbury, Mass.) in the 100 (10.88) and junior Diego Galan Donlo (Burlada, Spain) in the high jump (6’3”). The 4x800 relay team comprised of seniors Jack Davies (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) and Patrick Hebble (Sudbury, Mass.) and juniors Sam Craft (Hamden, Conn.) and Wilder Schaaf (Ashland, Ore.) picked up with a win, earning a time of 7:50.44. Davies placed second in the 1,500 (3:59.59), while rookies Mark Perry (Brookline, Mass.) and Aaron de Toledo (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) finished second (16:00.25) and third (16:05.80) respectively in the 5,000. Holtzman, Chu, and sophomores Fritz Parker (Arlington, Va.) and Sam Rives (Manchester, Mass.) earned a second place finish with a time of 43.13 in the 4x100. Hetzler placed third in the 400 (50.52), while junior Jason McCallum (Dan Diego, Calif.) and Conor Simons (Westbury, N.Y.) were 2-3 in the pole vault (13’6”, 12’6”).
The Panther women picked up four wins, including the 4x800 relay team (9:15.28) of seniors Sarah O’Brien (Wellesley, Mass.) and Addie Tousley (Kensington, Md.) and sophomores Alison Maxwell (Port Angeles, Wash.) and Sarah Guth (Wilton, Conn.). Senior Juliet Ryan-Davis (Newton, Mass.) won the 400 (58.66), Tousley picked up a win in the 1,500 (4:42.35), while junior Dana Tripp (Saco, Maine) took home the hammer with a toss of 128’8”. Placing third in the 1,500 was Maxwell, while senior Grace Doering (Darien, Conn.) came in third in the high jump (5’3”) as did rookie Carly Andersen (Mercer Island, Wash.) in the javelin (118’5”).