The men's 4x100-meter relay team as well as Kate McCluskey each broke school records, while Jimmy Martinez won the 400-meter dash Saturday, highlighting the Middlebury track & field teams' efforts in the Division III New England Championships. The three-day meet was hosted by MIT on the Morrison Track. The Panther men finished fourth out of 30 teams competing with 62.5 points, while the women were ninth out of 33 teams with 27 points. Top-eight finishers in each event earned All-New England honors. The teams return to action next Friday and Saturday for the Open New England Championships hosted by Dartmouth.
During the women's competition, McCluskey ran to a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash with a school-record time of 24.97. That effort betters the mark of 25.13 she set last week's NESCAC Championships.
In the 1,500-meter run, Tasha Greene led four Panthers in the top-eight spots with a third-place finish (4:34.58). Katie Glew was fourth in 4:35.49, edging Abigail Nadler in fifth (4:35.52), while Read Allen rounded out the strong efforts in eighth (4:41.01).
Away from the track, Helene Rowland tossed the shot put to a seventh-place showing of 38'8.75".
On the men's side, numerous Panthers earned All-New England accolades. On the track, Martinez led four Middlebury participants to the finish line by winning the 400-meter dash (48.29). James Mulliken finished fourth in the event (49.79), while William Robertson was sixth (50.27) and Arden Coleman finished eighth (50.34).
The 4x100-meter relay team of Jackson Bock, Michael Pallozzi, Martinez and Nicholas Hendrix set a school record with a time of 42.08 to finish in second place. The time lowers the previous mark of 42.09 set back in 2013.
Other All-New England honors were posted by Hendrix, who finished second in the 200-meter dash (21.72), while Jonathan Perlman was the runner-up in the 1,500-meter run (3:54.41). Tyler Farrell raced to fifth in the 400-meter hurdles (54.89), while Theodore Henderson was seventh in the 5,000-meter run (15:04.16) and Henry Fleming was right behind in eighth (15:05.41).
The 4x400-meter relay team of Martinez, Robertson, Farrell and Mulliken was eighth in 3:22.97.
Off the track, Minhaj Rahman tossed the hammer to a fourth-place distance of 179'0.25", while John Natalone tied for fourth in the pole vault (14'11"). Jonathan Fisher was seventh in the decathlon with 4,206 points.