Panthers set track and field records at California meet
SAN DIEGO — The Middlebury College track and field teams concluded their trip to the West Coast on Saturday by competing in the California Collegiate Open, a meet featuring teams from all three NCAA divisions that was hosted by UC San Diego. The Panther women finished fifth out of 17 teams with 46 points, while the men were seventh of 14 with 67 points.
On the women’s side, the Panthers earned two wins and broke a school record. Kate McCluskey won the 400-meter run in 56.18, while Anna Willig claimed the 800 in 2:12.73. McCluskey also broke the school record in the 200 (25.61) while finishing seventh, lowering the mark of 25.77 set by Natalie Cheung a year ago.
Abigail Nadler was third in the 1,500 (4:39.16), and Devon Player was fourth in the javelin at 125’7”.
In the men’s competition, the 4×400-meter relay quartet of William Robertson, James Mulliken, Joshua Howard and Jimmy Martinez won in 3:18.51.
Jonathan Perlman took second in the 1,500 (4:00.09), while teammate Will Meyer was third (4:00.36). Another runner-up finish came from Kevin Serrao in the 800 (1:51.96), while Mulliken was fourth in the same event (1:53.74).
Other fifth-place finishes came from Theodore Henderson in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (9:41.59); Nicholas Hendrix in the 200 (22.09); the 4×100 relay team of Jackson Bock, Jackson Barnett, Joshua Howard and Hendrix (43.13); and Taylor Moore in the javelin (174’5”).
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