Women's Track & Field

Panthers Collect USTFCCCA All-Region Honors; Wilkerson Tabbed Women’s Regional Assistant Coach of the Year

(L-R): Rory Kelly, Kreager Taber and assistant coach Nicole Wilkerson.
(L-R): Rory Kelly, Kreager Taber and assistant coach Nicole Wilkerson.

USTFCCCA ALL-REGION RELEASE
USTFCCCA ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR RELEASE

The Middlebury track and field teams were well represented on the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region squads. A total of 16 Panthers collected All-New England accolades when the national organization announced its award winners. Assistant track & field coach Nicole Wilkerson was also named the New England Region Women's Assistant Coach of the Year by the USTFCCCA. With the award, Wilkerson picks up her fifth regional assistant coach of the year accolade. 

The top-five individuals in every event from each region earned All-Region distinction, in addition to all members of the region's top-three relay teams.

Six Panthers garnered all-region honors for the women. Senior Rory Kelly (Winnetka, Ill.) was recognized in the 5,000 meters, while classmate Katherine MacCary (Los Angeles, Calif.) was honored in the 10,000 meters. Senior Abigail Nadler (Chicago, Ill.) earned a spot in the 1,500 meters, while fourth-year Panther Kreager Taber (Raleigh, N.C.) tallied a spot in the pole vault.

Sophomore Gretchen McGrath (Londonderry, N.H.) was cited in the 200 meters, while rookie Cassie Kearney (Rockland, Mass.) rounded the out the Panthers in the 800 meters.

On the men's side, a total of 10 Panthers were honored. Junior Nathan Hill (Hinsdale, Ill.) was recognized in the 800 meters and 1,500 meters as an individual along with the 4x400-meter relay, while senior Jimmy Martinez (Maplewood, N.J.) was lauded for the 400 meters and the 4x400-meter relay.

Senior Jonathan Perlman (Bala Cynwyd, Pa.) tallied all-region accolades in the 1,500 meters, classmate John Natalone (Dix Hills, N.Y.) in the pole vault, while senior Minhaj Rahman (Woodhaven, N.Y.) was recognized for his efforts in the hammer throw. Junior Arden Coleman (Burlingame, Calif.) earned all-region honors in the 4x400-meter relay, classmate Theodore Henderson (Cold Spring, N.Y.) was honored in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, while third-year Panther Nicholas Hendrix (East Molesey, U.K.) earned accolades in the 100 meters. Rounding out the men's honorees are sophomore Max Memeger (Swarthmore, Pa.) in the long jump and classmate William Robertson (Summit, N.J.) in the 4x400-meter relay.

Wilkerson was honored with the same award by the organization in 2011, 2012 and 2015, as well as being selected the 2012 men's top assistant in the region. She coached her athletes to a first and second place finish in the 5,000 meters, first in the 10,000 meters and third-place efforts in both the 800 meters and 1,500 meters at the NESCAC Championships. On the national scale, Wilkerson, who is also the head cross country coach, had athletes ranked No. 10 and No. 19 in the 800 meters, No. 4 and No. 16 in the 1,500 meters, as well as No. 14 in the 5,000 meters and No. 18 in the 10,000 meters. Middlebury had eight athletes compete at the NCAA Championships in Ohio last weekend.