Women's Track & Field

Six Panthers Garner All-Region Honors

Six Panthers garner All-Region honors.
Six Panthers garner All-Region honors.

Six members of the Panthers men's and women's track and field teams earned All-Region honors as announced by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). NCAA Division III has eight regions and Middlebury is a part of the New England Region. To earn the honors, an athlete must be ranked in the top-five in the region in their event. In addition, each member of a region's top-three relay team is selected for the distinction.  

The women's team had two individuals and one relay earn All-Region honors. In the 800m, sophomore Nicole Johnson (Madison, N.J.) finished third in the regional rankings with a time of 2:15.08. She ran the time at the Tufts' National Qualifying Meet, which served as the last meet of the regular-season. Johnson finished the year ranked 15th in the country in the event, which earned her qualification into the NCAA Championships.

Rookie Grace Desmond (Westborough, Mass.) finished in fifth in New England in the 60 hurdles with a time of 9.21. She recorded the time at the regional meet, placing fifth on her home track.

Junior Gretchen McGrath (Exeter, N.H.) was fifth overall in the region in the 400 with a time of 58.51. She ran the time at the Boston University David Hemery Valentine Invitational in February.

The 4x400 relay squad comprised of junior Ava O'Mara (New York, N.Y.), sophomore Cassie Kearney (Rockland, Mass.), Desmond and McGrath ranked second in the region with a time of 3:53.94. The Panther quartet recorded the time at the Tufts' National Qualifying Meet and the time stood up, qualifying the Panthers for the NCAA Championships.

On the men's side, junior Nathaniel Klein (Newton, Mass.) finished fifth in New England in the shot put with a heave of 48'2" to earn all-region praise.  Earlier in the year, he broke the school record in the event with a heave of 49'9.25".