Middle distance runners lead Panthers at NCAA championship
GENEVA, Ohio — Middlebury College senior Cassie Kearney, a multiple-time All American, led the Panther women’s track and field team to a 17th place finish at the NCAA Division III championship meet this past weekend. Sixty-nine teams scored points at the meet held at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Kearney took second in the 1,500-meter race in 4:28.05, holding off a charging competitor from Baldwin Wallace. Less than a hour and a half later, Kearney competed in the 800-meter final along with fellow senior Nicole Johnson. Both Panthers ran personal best times, with Kearney earning third in 2:07.92 and Johnson sixth in 2:09.06.
In field events, Panther senior Cady Barns finished in 16th place in the triple jump with a leap of 11.42 meters. Juniors Kate Kenny and Audrey Grimes competed in the 3,000 steeplechase, finishing 17th in 11:19.20 and 20th in 11:26.88, respectively.
The Middlebury 4X400M relay team of Michelle Louie, Jackie Topping, Julia Munz and Ciara Dale competed in the preliminary round but didn’t make the final.
On the men’s side, junior Peter Hansen was the lone qualifier for the Panther men. Hanson ran a personal best 52.36 in the preliminary round of the 400 hurdles, and placed seventh in the final in 52.98.
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