Women’s track & field earns NESCAC title

CLINTON, N.Y. — The Middlebury College women’s track & field team on Saturday earned its third NESCAC championship, an effort highlighted by four first-place finishes at an event hosted by Hamilton.

The Panthers claimed the crown with 149 points, edging runner-up Tufts (142). Bowdoin took third with 116 points. Middlebury won the league title in 1998 and 2000 and placed in the top three every year since 2004.

Cassie Kearney won at both 800 meters (2:09.51) and 1,500 meters (4:26.64), with meet-record margins in both events.

The 4×800 relay quartet of Kearney, Emily Bulczynski, Winnie Wang and Audrey Grimes won in 9:17.10, and Jaxon Palmer won the javelin with a toss of 114 feet, 4 inches.

Runner-up efforts on the track were earned by Ciara Dale in the 400 hurdles (1:03.27) and Kate Kenny in the 3,000m steeplechase (10:51.61), and Mary Scott Robinson hurled the shot put to a second-place distance of 37-11.5.

The 4x100m relay team of Joely Virzi, Michelle Louie, Eva Kaiden and Cady Barns took third in 48.53, and the 4×400 relay quartet of Nicole Johnson, Louie, Dale and Elle Thompson was third in 3:56.13.

Former Mount Abraham Union High School standout Lydia Pitts finished second for Bowdoin in two events, the 100 hurdles (14.67) and triple jump (12.05 meters).

The Middlebury men’s track & field team finished in third with 91.5 points behind Tufts (177.5) and Williams (164).

Max Cluss and Dave Filias led the men with runner-up finishes, Cluss in the 1,500 (3:52.60), and Filias in the hammer throw (156-3).

Earning thirds were Peter Hansen in the 400 hurdles (54.81), Alexander Kessler in the 5,000 (14:45.44), Sam McGarrahan in the high jump (6-2.75), and the 4x400m relay team of Xander Swann, Hansen, Colin Breen and Finn Warner (3:23.12).

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