Women's Track & Field

Track & Field Competes at Boston University Last Chance Qualifier

Talia Ruxin placed fifth in the 5,000 meters.
Talia Ruxin placed fifth in the 5,000 meters.

Select members of the Middlebury men's and women's indoor track and field teams traveled to Boston on Sunday, competing at the Boston University Last Chance Meet. Teams from all three NCAA levels and various club teams participated in the non team-scoring event. The Panthers return to action on March 3, traveling to the Tufts Last Chance Meet.

For the women, the distance medley relay team turned in a third-place performance with a time of 11:43.09. That mark is currently the top time in Division III indoors thus far this season. Running in the event for the Panthers were Tasha Greene, Kate McCluskey, Meg Wilson and Abigail Nadler.

Talia Ruxin boasted a fifth-place effort in the 5,000 meters, completing the longest race of the day in 18:18.70. Anna Willig had a good showing in the 800 meters, finishing in 2:16.07 to claim 22nd place.

Middlebury turned in a winning effort in the men's distance medley relay, as the quartet of Nathan Hill, Jimmy Martinez, James Mulliken and Kevin Serrao combined for a time of 9:52.97, Division III's second-quickest time thus far. Martinez added a second-place finish in the 400 meters, running a swift time of 47.81 seconds on the banked track for the nation's second-best mark. He won his respective heat and was the top Division III finisher in the field of 39 competitors.

The Panthers placed a pair of runners in the top 15 of the 3,000 meters, led by Connor Evans in ninth place with a time of 8:31.51. Matthew D'Aquila placed 14th with a clocking of 8:40.98. Nicholas Hendrix was second in his heat and placed 24th overall, finishing with a time of 22.29 seconds in the 200 meters.