College track excels at home meet

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men’s track and field team on April 3 won its only home meet of the season, while the Panther women finished second in a meet that included athletes from Springfield, Castleton, Plattsburgh, Williams and Green Mountain. The Middlebury teams are set to visit Williams this weekend.
On the men’s side, the Panthers were dominant on the track, winning nine of 10 events. Michael Pallozzi won the 200-meter dash (22.83), Alex Nichols prevailed in the 400-meter dash (50.19), while Kevin Serrao took the 800-meter run (1:56.64) by .01 over teammate Lucas Carpinello. Ascencion Aispuro picked up the win at 1,500 meters (4:07.06), while Kevin Wood claimed the 5,000 (15:34.75).
Taylor Shortsleeve won the 110 hurdles (15.20), while Jake Wood took the 400 hurdles (55.90). In relay events, the Panther four-by-100-meter team of Sam Rives, Jeremy Carter, Fritz Parker and Will Bain won in 43.57, while the 4×400 relay team of Parker, J. Wood, Carter and Nichols prevailed in 3:26.47.
In field events, Daniel Plunkett tossed the discus the furthest (128’-05”), while Ian Riley won the javelin (193’-11”).
For their efforts, Shortsleeve was named the NESCAC Track Performer of the Week, and Riley was named the NESCAC Field Performer of the Week.
In the women’s competition, the Panthers earned nine victories overall. Sarah Guth won the 1,500-meter run (4:49.05); Adrian Walsh, the 5,000 (18:13.58); Hannah Blackburn, the 100-meter hurdles (15.37); and Paige Fernandez, the 400-meter hurdles (1:05.34).
Cate Skinner finished first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (12:11.24), while the 4×100 team of Devan Accurso, Gigi Miller, Natalie Cheung and Lauren Henry won in 50.54. The 4×400 quartet of Alexandra Morris, Fernandez, Halle Gustafson and Kate McCluskey also prevailed (4:03.35).
In field events, Marykate Melanson won the high jump over Maddie Pronovost, as Melanson needed the fewest number of jumps to clear 4-11.75. Additionally, Carly Andersen earned the javelin victory at 131-11.

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