Men’s Track & Field Claims First NESCAC Title, Women Place Third

Men’s Track & Field Claims First NESCAC Title, Women Place Third

The Middlebury men's track & field team earned its first NESCAC Championship in program history, while the women were third in the 2018 NESCAC Championships hosted by Trinity on the Jessee/Miller Field. The Panthers claimed the men's crown with 172 points, while Williams was second with 140 and Tufts finished third with 137. The Williams' women won the team title with 200 points, ahead of Tufts (115.50) and Middlebury (96.50). The top-three finishers in each event earned All-NESCAC Honors.

The Panther women earned three event crowns during the championship to go along with a pair of school records. Kate McCluskey won the 400-meter dash in 56.22. Later in the meet, she broke her own school record that she set earlier this season in the 200-meter dash, finishing third with a time of 25.13.

Away from the track, Kreager Taber finished second in the pole vault, clearing the bar at 11'7.75". That height breaks the mark of 11'7" set by Alissa White in 1997.

Meg Wilson was victorious in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:17.48, edging teammate Brianna Bisson, who was second in 2:17.61. The third event victory for the women came from the 4x400-meter relay quartet of Lucy Lang, Kai Milici, Kate Holly and McCluskey in 3:54.44.

Katherine MacCary also garnered an all-conference accolade by finishing second in the 5,000-meter run (17:16.57).

Away from the track, Helene Rowland was third in the shot put with a toss of 39'4", while Alex Cook grabbed a third-place finish with a leap of 17'10.25" in the long jump.

On the men's side, four event wins were recorded by the Panthers. Individually, Nicholas Hendrix won the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.58, while Kevin Serraoclaimed the 1,500-meter run in 3:52.20. The third event victory came from Jimmy Martinez, who led the field to the finish line during the 400-meter dash (48.02).

In relay action, the 4x100-meter team of Jackson Bock, Jackson Barnett, Michael Pallozzi and Hendrix raced to a winning time of 42.29. A few events later, the 4x400-meter quartet of Arden Coleman, William Robertson, Joshua Howard and Martinez were victorious by 2.12 seconds with a winning time of 3:16.72.

Later in the meet, Hendrix finished in second place during the 200-meter dash in 21.72, while Martinez was right behind in third (21.78). Numerous additional All-NESCAC finishes were posted on the track. Ascencion Aispuro was the runner up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:18.70), while Pallozzi was second in the 110-meter hurdles (14.62).

Third-place efforts came from Connor Evans in the 5,000-meter run (15:09.58), Matt D'Aquila during the 10,000-meter run (30:45.71), James Mulliken in the 800-meter run (1:51.35) and Tyler Farrell in the 400-meter hurdles (54.25).

Off the track, Brenden Edwards finished second in the discus, hurling the element 145'0". Jonathan Fisher cleared the bar in third place during the high jump at a height of 6'2", while John Natalone leapt over the bar in the pole vault at 14'11", good for third place.