Runners earn All-American nods

GRINNELL, Iowa — Several members of the Middlebury College track and field team earned All-American honors with top-eight finishes this past Friday and Saturday at the 2016 NCAA Division III Indoor Championships in Grinnell, Iowa, on the campus of Grinnell College.
The Panthers will begin their outdoor season when they head to California in two weeks for a pair of meets at Point Loma Nazarene University beginning on Saturday, March 26.
On this past Saturday in Grinnell, the Middlebury women’s 4×400-meter relay team and individual runner Alexandra Morris earned All-American honors. The Panther women finished 24th out of 77 scoring teams.
In the 400-meter final, Morris took eighth in 58.05 to earn her All-American status.
In the final event of the meet, the 4×400-meter relay quartet of Jackie Kearney, Lucy Lang, Paige Fernandez and Morris also took eighth in 3:58.00. 
On Friday, the Middlebury women’s and men’s distance medley relay teams and 5,000-meter runner Adrian Walsh posted All-American finishes.
The women’s DMR ran to a seventh-straight All-American finish by taking fourth during the final event of the evening. The team of Nicole Schachman, Kate McCluskey, Lauren Bougioukas and Abigail Nadler finished in 11:50.96.
In a distance medley relay the athletes run distances of 400 meters, 800m, 1200m and 1600m.
One event prior, the men’s DMR edged NESCAC foe Connecticut College at the finish line, winding up eighth for the team’s second All-American finish, with the other occurring in 2012. The quartet of Kevin Serrao, Tyler Farrell, Lucas Carpinello and Sam Cartwright crossed the line in 10:07.24, edging the Camels by 0.01 second.
Walsh picked up an All-American laurel with a seventh-place finish in the 5,000-meter run in 17:10.78, shaving nearly nine seconds off her ninth-place time of 17:19.71 in last year’s indoor national meet.
In preliminary action on Friday, the Panther men’s 4×400 team of Jimmy Martinez, James Mulliken, Brandon Cushman and Alex Nichols, which ran its race in 3:19.905, was edged by Wheaton (Ill.) by one-thousandth of a second for a berth in Saturday’s final.

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