The Middlebury track & field teams participated in the two-day Open New England Championships on Friday and Saturday hosted by Southern Connecticut State. The men finished eighth out of 38 scoring teams at the event with 34 points, while the women wound up 13th among 41 squads with 22 points. All three NCAA divisions were represented at the meet, as the top-eight finishers in each event earned All-New England honors. Selected members of the respective teams will return to action in hopes of bettering their NCAA marks on Thursday at the MIT Last Chance Meet.
For the women, the 4x400-meter relay team of Cassie Kearney, Gretchen McGrath, Ava O'Mara and Lucy Lang posted a school-record time of 3:52.77 to finish in fourth place. The quartet lowered the mark of 3:53.72 that it set last week during the Division III New England Championships.
On the track, top individual efforts came from Rory Kelly who was fourth in the 5,000 meters (17:06.29), Abigail Nadler who finished fifth in the 1,500 meters (4:27.77), while Katie Glew was 10th (4:35.97) in the same race. Meg Wilson also cracked the top 10 in the 800 meters with a time of 2:14.22 to place ninth.
In field events, Rebecca Gorman had a strong showing, placing second in the javelin with a distance of 138'3" among 22 competitors. Kreager Taber finished in a tie for ninth place in the pole vault, clearing the bar at a height of 11'2.25".
In the men's hammer throw, Minhaj Rahman took top honors with a winning toss of 193'11". He recorded that distance on his sixth and final throw, leading the field of 23 participants. Max Memeger won his heat in the long jump, hitting the sand with a sixth-place overall mark of 22'9.25"
Jonathan Perlman finished third overall in the 1,500 meters, completing the race with a school-record time of 3:50.84. Perlman lowered the mark of 3:50.95 set by Wilder Schaaf in 2014. The Panthers received a fourth-place performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, as Theodore Henderson crossed the finish line in 9:22.30, while Jack Litowitz was ninth (9:31.16).
The 4x400-meter relay team of Arden Coleman, Nathan Hill, Jimmy Martinez and William Robertson was fourth with a time of 3:13.86, good for the top Division III time. Martinez won his heat in the 400 meters with a time of 48.32 seconds, earning a spot in the finals. In the finals, he was the top Division III finisher in fourth place, boasting a time of 48.20 seconds.