Four school records fell as the Middlebury track & field squads hosted the Middlebury Invitational in the Virtue Field House on the New Balance Foundation Track. Maddie Pronovost set a program mark in the 60-meter hurdles as well as the pentathlon, Helene Rowland established a school record in the shot put, while the women's 4x200-meter relay lowered the school mark as well. The men claimed the meet title that consisted of nine schools with 163.50 points, outdistancing second-place RPI (159), while the women were second of 11 squads with 171 points behind Williams' winning total of 178.50 points. The Panthers return to competition when they take part in the Dartmouth Indoor Classic next Saturday.
During Friday's pentathlon, Pronovost claimed the event title amassing 3,367 points, surpassing her previous school record of 2,992 points she set last winter during the ECAC Championships. Pronovost's efforts were highlighted by a second school record of 9.04 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles, erasing the mark of 9.08 seconds recorded by Mia Martinez in 2012.
The third school record was tallied by the team of Elizabeth Walkes, Ellie Greenberg, Pronovost and Marisa Edmondson in the 4x200-meter relay with a time of 1:46.84. That lowers the previous mark of 1:47.15 that was established in 2015.
Individual events victories were posted by Anna Willig during the 800-meter run (2:18.20) and Kisha Kalra in the 60-meter hurdles (9.69). The 4x400-meter relay of Paige Fernandez, Emily Mellen, Sophie Steinberg and Meg Wilson ran to a winning time of 4:03.87.
Off the track, Rowland launched the shot put to a school-record mark of 40'11" to win the event, while Kreager Taber claimed the pole vault win with a bar clearance of 10'11.75".
On the men's side, the Panthers claimed a total of seven event wins. Jimmy Martinez posted a winning time of 49.17 in the 400-meter dash, while James Mulliken claimed the 800 (1:55.97). Ascencion Aispuro won the 1,000 in 2:34.15 and Kevin Serrao led the field to the line in the mile run (4:18.25).
The Panther men earned two relay victories on Saturday. The 4x200-meter relay of Alex Nichols, Adam Markun, Noah Wagner-Carlberg and Martinez posted a winning time of 1:31.74, while the 4x400 quartet of Nicholas Hendrix, Nathan Hill, Andrew Michelson and Cameron Mackintosh were victorious in 3:29.43.
During the pole vault, John Natalone cleared the bar with a winning height of 14'11".