Eight Panthers Headed to NCAA Track & Field Championships

Eight Panthers Headed to NCAA Track & Field Championships


Eight members of the Middlebury College track & field teams will take part in the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships on May 25-27. The events will take place in the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, and will be hosted by the University of Mount Union.

Competing on the women's side will be seniors Catie Skinner (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Sasha Whittle (New York, N.Y.) who look to conclude their careers on a positive note while vying for a national title, while junior Devon Player (Phoenixville, Pa.) will compete in her third outdoor meet.

Skinner will take part in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with preliminaries on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. She is seeded 18th with a time of 10:53.92, which she established during the Open New England Championships.

Whittle enters her first NCAA outdoor competition with Division III's 14th-best time in the 1,500-meter run of 4:33.34 set during the Division III New England Championships. She will run on Thursday afternoon in the preliminaries at 2:30 p.m., while the finals are set for 12:25 p.m. on Saturday.

Off the track, Player will take part in the javelin toss. She looks to cap off a successful third collegiate season after launching her best effort of 137'6" during the NESCAC Championship at Bowdoin. Player will vie for a Division III title beginning on Thursday at 3:00 p.m.

On the men's side, five Panthers will take part in the national meet. Junior Kevin Serrao (Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.) will compete as an individual, while the quartet of senior Alex Nichols (Brunswick, Maine), junior James Mulliken (Westport, Conn.), sophomore Jimmy Martinez (Maplewood, N.J.) and rookie Arden Coleman (Burlingame, Calif.) will take part in a relay.

Serrao will compete as an individual in the 800-meter run. He is seeded seventh with a school-record time of 1:50.50 established during the Open New England Championships. The preliminaries will be run on Friday at 4:00 p.m., while the finals will take place Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Coleman, Nichols, Martinez and Mulliken own the nation's fastest time of 3:11.95 set during the Open New England Championships. That mark shattered the previous school-record time of 3:16.47 set in 2005. The preliminaries will take place on Thursday at 5:15 p.m., while the team will look for a national title in Saturday's final at 4:00 p.m.