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Pitts, Panther quartet are indoor All-Americans

New Haven resident Lydia Pitts had an All-American performance at the NCAA indoor track & field championships last weekend.
Photo by Kevin Morris

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — At the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships on March 11 and 12, a Middlebury College relay team and a Mount Abraham Union High School grad now competing for Bowdoin College all earned All-American honors.

Lydia Pitts, a New Haven native and 2018 Mount Abe grad, earned 4th place in the triple jump with at a jump of 39’ 2.5” in the meet in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Polar Bear senior also competed in the 60M hurdles in Winston-Salem, where she finished 15th.

Finishing in fourth place for Middlebury was the women’s distance medley relay (DMR) team of Katelyn Pease, Michelle Louie, Nicole Johnson and Cassie Kearney. The DMR features four legs of different lengths: 400, 800, 1200 and 1600 meters.

Pease in the 1,200-meter leg, Louie in the 400, and Johnson in the 800 kept the Panthers in the top eight, and Kearney moved up the Panthers to fourth in the 1,600 with an overall finish in 11:44.93, the DMR group’s best time of the winter. The top eight teams were separated by only eight seconds.

Also on March 11 Panther Kate Kenny competed in the women’s mile, finishing in 18th with a time of 5:08.97.

On March 12 Panther Drew Donahue came in 12th in the men’s 3,000-meter race, clocking in at 8:27.41.

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