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Panther women win home track & field meet; men 2nd

MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women won and the men were second on Sunday, when the Panther track and field teams hosted their lone home meet of the season.
The women piled up 298 points, outdistancing second-place Franklin Pierce’s 100, while the men finished with 216.66 points, just behind Franklin Pierce’s 220. Also competing were Plattsburgh, Lyndon and Green Mountain. The Panther squads return to action Saturday at Bowdoin.
On the women’s side, the Panthers picked up victories in 13 events. Elizabeth Walkes claimed titles in the 100-meter dash (12.89) and 200-meter dash (26.91). Additional wins came from Anna Willig in the 400 (59.42), Lucy Lang in the 800 (2:19.72) and Sasha Whittle in the 1,500 (4:38.55).
Abigail Nadler won the 5,000 (17:48.13), while Cate Skinner won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a track record of 11:08.40.
In the relay events, the 4×100-meter team of Ellie Greenberg, Natalie Cheung, Maddie Pronovost and Walkes won in 49.37, while the 4×400 team of Paige Fernandez, Willig, Basia Osborne and Kate McCluskey prevailed in 4:02.58.
In field events, Kristin Kimble won the high jump (4’11.75”), Kreager Taber won the pole vault (10’6”), Pronovost claimed the long jump (17’5.25”), and Devon Player won the javelin (132’10”).
In the men’s competition, the Panthers triumphed in seven events. Jimmy Martinez took both the 200 (22.34) and 400 (48.59). Jonathan Perlman claimed the 5,000 (15:21.25), and the 4×400 team of Martinez, Joshua Howard, Arden Coleman and James Mulliken won in 3:29.01.
Nathaniel Albers and John Natalone tied for the title in the pole vault at 13’11.25”, while Brenden Edwards claimed the discus (135’1”). Alfred Hurley posted a victory in the javelin at 167’10”.    PANTHER SENIOR KATIE Merrick competes in the 1,500-meter race at Sunday’s Panther Spring Invitational track and field meet. Merrick crossed the line with a time of 5:15.30. The Middlebury women won the five-school meet.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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