Hannah Blackburn broke a 15-year old school record in the heptathlon, highlighting the Middlebury track & field teams' performances in the Division III New England Championships hosted by M.I.T. The Panther women finished tied for 10th out of 31 teams competing with 32 points, while the men were 22nd out of 29 teams. Top-eight finishers in each event earned All-New England honors.
During the women's competition, Blackburn earned All-New England accolades with her third-place finish in the heptathlon. Also setting the school record this winter in the pentathlon, she tallied 4,177 points over the seven events. The total eclipses Cindy Withington's mark of 4,073 set back in 2000. In addition to Blackburn's finish, Maddie Pronovost was eighth with 3,708 points.
Other top-10 finishes were posted for the Panther women. Devon Player launched the javelin to a distance of 137'10.5", good for second-place, while Carly Andersen was right behind in third at 133'3". The distances were set on the first throw of the day for each Panther.
On the track, Robin Vincent raced across the finish line third in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:31.66, the fifth-quickest time in Division III this spring. In the same event, Sarah Guth was fifth in 4:32.47, the nation's eighth-best time. Cate Skinner also picked up All-New England honors, winding up eighth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:36.43, while Lauren Bougioukas was 10th in the 800-meter run (2:18.59).
On the men's side, a pair of Panthers earned All-New England accolades. Sebastian Matt crossed the line fourth in the 1,500-meter run (3:54.77), while Lucas Carpinello was eighth in the 800-meter run (1:54.39).
Top-10 finishes also came from Ascencion Aispuro, who was ninth in the 1,500-meter run (3:59.16), Alex Nichols with a 10th-place effort in the 400-meter run (49.83) and Tyler Farrell who stopped the clock 10th in the 400-meter hurdles (55.89).
The teams will return to action back at M.I.T. next Thursday, Friday and Saturday for the Open New England Championships.