Panther track and field athletes win at home

MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College men’s and women’s indoor track and field athletes won several events at their own Winterfell Meet on Saturday.
Overall, the Panther men placed third among the seven competing schools with 136 points, trailing only NCAA Division I programs Albany (181) and Vermont (137). The Middlebury women recorded 86 points, placing fourth behind Albany (193), McGill (115) and Vermont (102). The Middlebury teams return to action this weekend, when they host the Middlebury Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
For the men, Minhaj Rahman won the weight throw for the second straight week, with a throw of 52’4.5”. Kevin Serrao took the 800-meter run in 1:58.03, Nathan Hill won the 1,000 in 2:30.01, and Connor Evans claimed 10 first-place points in the 3,000, with a time of 8:48.06.
Also, the Panthers went 1-2 in the pole vault, John Natalone won his second title of the winter season, clearing a height of 14’6”, while teammate Evan Mercer was second (13’5.25”).
Middlebury added a second-place effort in the 4×800 relay, as the team of Sawyer Tadano, Matt D’Aquila, Peter Elkind and Evans finished in 8:26.95.
Kate McCluskey had a big day for the Panther women, winning the 600 meters in 1:35.12 and setting a program record in the 200 (26.17), as she finished fifth. Abigail Nadler won in the 3,000 in 10:09.30, while teammate Talia Ruxin was third in the race in 10:19.30.
The 4×800 relay quartet of Anna Willig, Meg Wilson, Tasha Greene and Nadler took second in of 9:51.95, and Helene Rowland placed third in the shot put at 37’5.75”.

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