Panther men win home track and field meet

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College men won and the women were third at a four-team indoor track and field meet this past Saturday at their home facility, Virtue Field House.
The Panther men won with 184 points, followed by Albany (179), Vermont (158.5) and McGill (28.5). The Middlebury women placed third with 106 points, while Albany (266.5), Vermont (124.5) and McGill (87) rounded out the scoring.
The Panthers return to action this Friday and Saturday when they host the Middlebury Invitational, beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.
On this past weekend, Jimmy Martinez won a pair of individual events to pace the men’s team. He set a new school record in the 600-meter race with a time of 1:21.24, while taking home the title in the 200 (22.48) as well. Also winning for the men were John Natalone and Nathaniel Alberts, who tied for first in the pole vault at 13’7”.
The men’s 4×800-meter squad of Andrew Michelson, James Mulliken, Nathan Hill and Kevin Serrao won in a school-record time of 7:49.47.
Earning second-place finishes on the track were Alex Nichols in the 400 (50.50), Will Meyer in the 1,000 (2:36.43), and Miles Meijer in the 3,000 (8:51.16). In field events, Tyler Chaisson placed second with a toss of 45’7” in the shot put, and Minhaj Rahman took second with a 48’0” effort in the weight throw.
On the women’s side, Anna Willig took first at 1,000 meters in 2:59.70. Meg Wilson came in fourth (5:14.03) in the 1 mile race, while the 4×400 relay team of Wilson, Paige Fernandez, Emily Mellen and Basia Osborne took third in 4:04.45.
The Panther women also earned four top-three finishes in field events. Tabor Kreager came in second in the pole vault by clearing 10’6”, while earning third were Maddie Pronovost in the long jump (17’1”), Kristin Kimble in the high jump (5’0”) and Mimi Soule in the triple jump (34’5”).   MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE FRESHMAN Talia Ruxin competes in the mile run at Saturday’s track meet hosted by the Panthers in Virtue Field House. Ruxin was 10th and the Panther women finished in third place overall.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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