Panther Women Win Silfen Invitational, Men Finish Second

Katherine MacCary won the 10,000 meters on Saturday.
Katherine MacCary won the 10,000 meters on Saturday.

The Middlebury men's and women's track & field teams continued their strong starts to the outdoor season, competing at the two-day Silfen Invitational on Friday and Saturday hosted by Connecticut College. The Panther women won the invitational collecting 116 points among 20 scoring teams, edging out Bowdoin with 108. The men finished in second place among 22 scoring squads with 85.5 points, trailing only WPI with 97.5. The Panthers return to action on Friday when they compete in the Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton.

The Panther women notched four event victories en route to the team title. Middlebury excelled in the meet's two longest events, as Katherine MacCary won the 10,000 meters with a time of 36:12.06, stopping the clock 1:01.51 ahead of the runner-up finisher. Rory Kelly crossed the line first during the 5,000 meters with a mark of 17:22.29, winning the event by 19.36 seconds.

Abigail Nadler raced to a victory in the 1,500 meters (4:35.22), while Alex Cook won the long jump with a victorious leap of 17'9.75". Later in the meet, she finished third in the 200 meters (26.45).

Runner-up showings were tallied by Meg Wilson in the 800 meters (2:15.48), while the 4x400-meter relay team of Lucy Lang, Ava O'Mara, Julia Munz and Gretchen McGrath was second in 3:57.41.

The 4x100-meter relay team of Cook, Kate Holly, McGrath and Lizzie Walkes was third in 49.58, while Rebecca Gorman finished third in the javelin with a toss of 124'7".

On the men's side, the Panthers claimed two individual event victories. Jonathan Perlman led the field to the tape in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:53.44, winning by 2.94 seconds. Off the track, Minhaj Rahman continued his impressive season by claiming the hammer throw title with a toss of 188'3", winning by 5'6".

Runner-up individual efforts were posted by Jonathan Fisher in the 400-meter hurdles (57.21), Nathan Hill during the 800 meters (1:53.53) and Nathaniel Klein in the shot put 47'2.50". The 4x400-meter relay quartet of Arden Coleman, William Robertson, Joshua Howard and Jimmy Martinez was second with a clocking of 3:21.58.

Theodore Henderson also picked up a top-three finish with a third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:19.96).