The Middlebury indoor track and field teams hosted a meet for the second-straight weekend, as the University of Vermont, University of Albany and McGill University visited the Virtue Field House for the Middlebury Winterfell. The Panther men were victorious with 184 points, followed by Albany (179), Vermont (158.5) and McGill (28.5). The Middlebury women placed third overall with 106 points, while Albany (266.5), Vermont (124.5) and McGill (87) rounded out the scoring. The Panthers return to action on the New Balance Track when they host their third-consecutive home meet next Friday and Saturday. Action at the Middlebury Invitational will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, with events getting underway at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday.
Jimmy Martinez won a pair of individual events to pace the men's team. He set a school record in the 600-meter race with a time of 1:21.24, while taking home the title in the 200 (22.48) as well. Also winning for the men were John Natalone and Nathaniel Albers, who tied for first in the pole vault, clearing 13'7".
The men's 4x800 squad comprised of Andrew Michelson, James Mulliken, Nathan Hill and Kevin Serrao crossed the line with a combined school-record time of 7:49.47 to earn a first-place finish. Placing second was Alex Nichols in the 400 (50.50), Will Meyer in the 1,000 (2:36.43) as well as Miles Meijer in the 3,000 (8:51.16). In field events, Tyler Chaisson placed second with a toss of 45'7" in the shot put, while teammate Minhaj Rahman also finished second with a 48'0" effort in the weight throw.
On the women's side, Anna Willig earned a first-place time of 2:59.70 in the 1,000-meter event. Meg Wilson came in fourth (5:14.03) in the 1,000, while the 4x400-relay team of Wilson, Paige Fernandez, Emily Mellen and Basia Osborne took home third-place honors in 4:04.45.
The Panthers also earned four top-three finishes in field events. Kreager Taber came in second in the pole vault by clearing 10'6", while Maddie Pronovost earned the same honor in the long jump (17'1"). Placing third were Kristin Kimble in the high jump (5'0") and Mimi Soule in the triple jump (34'5").