Panther track and field wins home invitational

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College track and field teams convincingly won both the men’s and women’s portions of the Middlebury Invitational meet at Dragone Track on Saturday. In their only home meet of the spring, the Panthers competed against the University of Vermont, Plattsburgh and the Colby-Sawyer women.
The Panthers claimed victories in 25 of 35 events.
Highlighting some of the winners on Saturday was senior Juliet Ryan-Davis, who set a new track record with a win in the 800 meters (2:11.82); for this performance she was named NESCAC Female Athlete of the Week. Senior Kara Walker earned a win in the long jump (16’11.25”), while rookie Carly Andersen tossed 117’7” to capture the javelin. Also earning a win was first-year racer Alexandra Morris, who won the 400m (1:00.97).
On the men’s side, first-year thrower David Plunkett took home two titles on Saturday, winning both the shot put (41’.25”) and the hammer (141’5”). Classmate Decklan Robinson leapt 21’3.25” to win the long jump.
Junior Bryan Holtzman won the 100m dash in 10.81 seconds, while first-year Lucas Carpinello was a winner in the 800m with a time of 2:00.39.
Meanwhile, Middlebury senior Jack Davies ran the 3,000 meter steeplechase at the Larry Ellis Invitational hosted by Princeton on Friday. The Panther senior turned in an impressive performance, winning the event vs. primarily Division I and D-II competition, with a school-record time of 8:52.12. The time is 10th fastest in D-III history.
His time was a 2.5 second improvement over his previous career best that earned him runner-up honors at the NCAA DIII Outdoor Championships. Davies won this weekend’s race by nearly seven seconds en route to the 21st fastest time among all collegians this season.

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