Eight members of the Middlebury College indoor track & field teams will take part in the 2015 NCAA Championships from March 13-14. The championships are taking place at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with Roanoke College serving as the host institution.
Competing on the women's side for Middlebury will be seven athletes that will take part in three events. Representing the Panthers will be seniors Sarah Guth (Wilton, Conn.), Alison Maxwell (Port Angeles, Wash.) and Summer Spillane (Shelburne, Vt.), juniors Alexandra Morris (London, U.K.) and Adrian Walsh (Bozeman, Mont.), as well as sophomores Paige Fernandez (Oradell, N.J.) and Erzie Nagy (Albion, Maine).
Maxwell, Guth and Spillane will each take part as individuals in the mile run. Maxwell posted the nation's second-quickest time of 4:53.63 during the Division III New England Championship meet, while Spillane enters the national competition with a time of 4:59.62 also set during the same meet and good for sixth. A week later, Guth crossed the line during the Open New England Championship in a time of 5:00.43, good for the eighth-best mark.
Walsh enters the championship seeded 13th in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 17:24.33, as less than six seconds separate her from the eighth-seeded runner. Walsh recorded her time in February during the Division III New England Championships.
In the distance medley relay, the quartet of Maxwell, Morris, Fernandez and Nagy will look for a national title after the Panthers captured the event title in 2011 and 2012. This year's group will be seeded sixth with a time of 11:52.47, registered during the David Hemery Valentine Invitational at Boston University. The event will feature 12 teams with times separated by fewer than 16 seconds.
The Panther men will be represented by senior Wilder Schaaf (Ashland, Ore.), who will compete in the mile run. He crossed the line with a school-record time of 4:09.89 on a curved track during the David Hemery Valentine Invitational, which is converted to a time of 4:13.09 on a flat surface, and will be seeded eighth.