Middlebury College relay earns All-American status; pentathlete competes on national stage

EMILY RUBIO, A first-year student-athlete at Middlebury College, puts the shot during the pentathlon competition at the NCAA Division III National Championship meet in Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday. Her top toss was 9.5 meters, and she finished 12th overall.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Middlebury College women’s distance medley relay (DMR) team of Kate Kenny, Michelle Louie, Audrey Grimes and Ciara Dale finished sixth to earn All-American honors on Saturday, March 10, at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham.

Also, Panther Emily Rubio competed in the pentathlon and finished 12th.

The DMR posted a time of 11:46.36, a team personal best by 4.22 seconds. Grimes opened the event with a 3:37.65 in the 1,200-meter portion, before Louie and Dale ran the 400 and 800 in 57:58 and 2:15.60, respectively. Kenny closed the race with a 4:55.52 in the mile to secure the top-six finish. Louie earned her second All-American recognition; she was also a member of the DMR team that finished fourth at the 2022 NCAA Championships.

In the pentathlon, Rubio placed 12th with 3,365 points. The first-year student-athlete earned a top-10 spot in 60-meter hurdles and high jump, and was top 15 in the 800 and long jump. Rubio’s best performance came in the high jump, where she finished fifth with a height of 1.61 meters.

THE MIDDLEBURY COLLEGE women’s distance medley relay team of Kate Kenny, Michelle Louie, Audrey Grimes and Ciara Dale earn All-American honors at the NCAA Division III national championship meet in Alabama this past weekend.


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