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Middlebury track athletes prevail in several events

SAN DIEGO — The Middlebury College track and field team recorded a quartet of individual event victories on Saturday as the Panthers concluded their annual spring trip at the Point Loma Nazarene University Invitational in California.
In men’s competition, the Panthers notched three victories. Kevin Wood won the 5,000-meter run by nearly 27 seconds in 14:54.16. Jake Wood won the 400 hurdles (55.21), while Brandon Cushman finished third (57.43) and Kevin Chu was fourth (58.05).
Jason McCallum notched a pair of top-five efforts. McCallum won the pole vault at 14 feet, 11 inches, while finishing second at 100 meters (10.98).
On the track, other top-five performances were recorded by Chu in the 110 hurdles (2nd, 15.28), Alex Nichols in the 400 (2nd, 49.39), Wilder Schaaf in the 800 (2nd, 1:55.53) and Peter Hetzler in the 400 (4th, 49.85). Sam Klockenkemper crossed the line fourth in the 3,000 steeplechase (9:58.58), while Sebastian Matt took fifth in the 1,500 (4:05.74).
In field events, Taylor Shortsleeve cleared the high jump bar at 6’-4”, good for fourth. Fifth-place performances came from Deklan Robinson in the long jump (21’-2”) and the javelin (155’-4”), Diego Galan Donlo in the triple jump (41’-1”) and Ola Fadario in the discus (125’-4”).
On the women’s side, Lauren Pincus won the javelin. Fresh off her school-record performance a week ago, she won the event by nearly five feet with a toss traveling 135’-7”.
During events on the track, Summer Spillane took second in the 3,000 steeplechase (11:15.82), ahead of Alison Maxwell in third (11:34.31), Cate Skinner in fourth (11:53.04) and Abigail Pohl in fifth (12:01.09). Sarah Guth was second in the 5,000 (18:32.63), with Kathleen Leib in fourth (19:11.14).
Alexandra Morris finished third in the 400 (58.21), Katherine Tercek was fourth in the 1,500 (4:53.39), and Madison Goodstein was fifth in the 100 hurdles (16.31).
Hannah Blackburn recorded three top-five efforts for Middlebury. She was fourth in the 100 hurdles (16.01), and third in both the long jump (17’-7.5”) and the triple jump (35’-2”). Additional top-five showings came from Laura Strom in the high jump (3rd, 4’-11.75”), Emma McGuirk in the triple jump (4th, 34’-11”) and Carly Andersen in the javelin (4th, 120’-8”).

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