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College track & field tunes up to host league meet

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — The Middlebury College track and field teams boasted numerous winning performances on Saturday when the Panthers competed at the Williams Invitational Quad Meet. The event had no team scores in a meet that featured Rensselaer, WPI, Middlebury and the host Ephs.
The Panthers this Saturday will host the 2019 NESCAC Championships, with competition beginning at 9 a.m.
This past Saturday, the Panther men excelled in the two hurdle events, as Max Memeger (15.6 seconds) won the 110-meter high hurdles and Jonathan Fisher (55.97) claimed top honors in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles. Jimmy Martinez ran a 21.90 seconds to win the 200-meter dash.
In the field events, Minhaj Rahman had the best throw in the hammer — 188 feet — while Nathaniel Klein finished in the same spot in the shot put with a winning heave of 47’3.75”. Zack Sieb gave the Panthers another win in a throwing event, taking first in the discus with a throw of 150’11”. Dylan Mortimer bounced his way to a winning distance of 49’9.75” in the triple jump, while John Natalone cleared the bar at 16’ for the top spot in the pole vault. Natalone’s effort broke the school record of 15’11.25” set by Jason McCallum in 2014.
For the women, Alex Cook tied a school record of 18’2.5” to win the long jump. She tied the mark set by Hannah Blackburn in 2014. Simone Ameer was victorious in the triple jump with a distance of 35’6”.
Gretchen McGrath (25.38) topped the field in the 200-meter dash, while Lucy Lang crossed the finish line first in the 800 meters in 2:19.66. Catherine Walker won the 100-meter high hurdles in 15.39 seconds, while in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles Julia Munz picked up a top time of 1:05.54. Rory Kelly added a triumph in the 1,500 meters, stopping the clock at 4:38.98.

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