Women's Track & Field

Maxwell Runs to National Championship in Women’s Indoor Mile, Spillane and Guth All-Americans

Alison Maxwell (center) leads teammates Sarah Guth (left) and Summer Spillane (right) during Saturday's women's mile. (photo courtesy of Sideline Media Productions)
Alison Maxwell (center) leads teammates Sarah Guth (left) and Summer Spillane (right) during Saturday's women's mile. (photo courtesy of Sideline Media Productions)

Alison Maxwell sprinted to the finish line ahead of the field to claim the national championship in the women's mile during the final day of the 2015 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships. Maxwell becomes the first Panther individual champion since Khristoph Becker won the javelin outdoors in 2005, and the first female since Kristy Laramee stood atop the podium following the high jump event at the indoor national meet in 2000. The two-day event is taking place at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with Roanoke College serving as the host institution.

Maxwell crossed the finish line with a national championship time of 4:56.17. She finished just ahead of Eastern Mennonite's Hannah Chappell-Dick, who stopped the clock in 4:56.81.

Also competing in the event and racing to All-American honors were Summer Spillane and Sarah Guth. Spillane crossed the line with a fifth-place mark of 5:00.72, while Guth was a little more than a second behind in sixth at 5:01.89.

Coupled with Friday's distance medley relay fourth-place finish, the women racked up a combined 22 team points, good for 10th place out of 66 teams who scored.

The Panthers will begin their outdoor season when they head to California for a pair of meets the next two Saturdays at Point Loma Nazarene University.