Women Finish Third, Men Fourth at NESCAC Championships

Devon Player won the javelin toss during Saturday's NESCAC Championships.
Devon Player won the javelin toss during Saturday's NESCAC Championships.

Taking part in the 2017 NESCAC Outdoor Championship, the Middlebury women's track & field team finished in third place, while the men were fourth in the event hosted by Bowdoin on the Magee-Samuelson Track. Williams claimed the women's crown with 239.83 points ahead Bates' 107 and Middlebury's 97.66, while the Williams' men won the team title (175) ahead of Tufts (164), Bowdoin (110) and Middlebury (102.50).

The Panther women earned two event crowns during the championship to go along with a school-record run. Catie Skinner was victorious by nearly eight seconds in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a winning time of 11:09.11, while Devon Player won the javelin with a toss of 137'6". The 4x100-meter relay team of Marisa Edmondson, Maddie Pronovost, Natalie Cheung and Elizabeth Walkes crossed the line with a school-record time of 48.90, grabbing fourth place in the event.

Other top-five individual finishes on the track came from Pronovost with a runner-up effort in the 100-meter hurdles (14.83), while Abigail Nadler was third in the 1,500-meter run (4:36.96). Meg Wilson finished fourth in the 800-meter run, while Talia Ruxin crossed the line in fourth during the 10,000-meter run (38.11.38).

In other relay events, the 4x800-meter team of Anna Willig, Erica Dean, Skinner and Wilson raced to runner-up honors (9:22.91), while the 4x400-meter quartet of Lucy Lang, Kate McCluskey, Pronovost and Paige Fernandez finished fifth (3:59.07).

Away from the track, Kreager Taber cleared the bar with a runner-up height of 10'8" in the pole vault, Jane Freda was fourth in the triple jump (35'7.75"), while Pronovost was fifth in the long jump (17'0.5").

On the men's side, three event wins were recorded by the Panthers. Individually, Alex Nichols stopped the clock with a winning time of 48.43 in the 400-meter dash, his third NESCAC title in four years in the event. In relay action, the 4x400-meter team of Cameron Mackintosh, Arden Coleman, Jimmy Martinez and Nichols won with a NESCAC meet-record time of 3:17.45. Off the track, John Natalone won the pole vault with a height of 14'5.25", while teammate Nathaniel Albers was fifth (13'11.25").

Additional top-five individual efforts were tallied by James Mulliken with a runner-up showing in the 800-meter run (1:52.88), ahead of teammates Nathan Hill in fourth (1:53.88) and Kevin Serrao in fifth (1:54.10). Serrao was also third in the 1,500-meter run (3:52.89), Adam Markun ran to a third-place finish in the 200-meter dash (22.06), while Michael Pallozzi was fifth in the 110-meter hurdles (15.28).

Off the track, Alfred Hurley finished second in the javelin (189'6"), while Minhaj Rahman was third during the hammer throw (166'9").