April 27, 2009

The Middlebury College track and field teams took part in the '09 NESCAC Championships hosted by Connecticut College on Saturday. The women's team placed second only to Williams in the 10-team event, while the men were sixth in a meet won by the Ephs. The Panther women qualified four athletes for the NCAA's, while three school records and one NESCAC record was set.

On the women's side, sophomore Kaitlyn Saldanha (Scarborough, Maine) set a new NESCAC record and qualified for the NCAA's on her way to winning the 800 with a time of 2:12.12. Senior Kelley Coughlan (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) also captured a NESCAC title and qualified for the NCAA's by winning the triple jump with a 38'5" effort. She also earned a pair of fifth place finishes in the 100 hurdles (15.81) and the high jump (5'1"). Senior Jennifer Brenes (Lawrence, Mass.) was a big point scorer for the Panthers, earning three top four finishes. Brenes set a new school record and qualified for the NCAA's with a second place effort in the long jump (17'11.75"). She earned a second place finish in the 100 hurdles (15.00) and a fourth in the 100 (13.15). Also qualifying for the NCAA's was rookie Rebecca Fanning (Ipswich, Mass.), who finished second in the 800 with a time of 2:13.98.

Earning second place finishes were senior Emer Feighery (Westborough, Mass.) in the pole vault (10'2.75"), sophomore Alice Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.) in the 400 hurdles (1:04.04) and rookie Margo Cramer (Seattle, Wash.) with a time of 11:31.02 in the 3000 steeplechase. Sophomore Annie Rowell (Craftsbury, Vt.) placed third in the 100 (12.99) and fifth in the 200 (26.39), sophomore Nicole Dvorak (Essex, Vt.) was third in the pole vault (10'2.75"), while first-year racer Mia Martinez (Ridgewood, N.J.) was third in the 100 hurdles (15.54).

Two women's relay teams also captured league championship honors on Saturday. The women's 4x400 team comprised of Wisener, junior Laura Dalton (Simsbury, Conn.), sophomore Grace Close (Fox Point, Wis.) and sophomore Katy Magill (Boxford, Mass.) finished with a time of 3:58.54 to capture the event and set a new school record.

Sophomore Sophia Spring (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.), sophomore Erin Toner (New Providence, N.J.), Fanning and Saldanha finished with a time of 9:15.23, setting a new track record on their way to winning the 4x800 race. The 4x100 team of Brenes, Rowell, Wisener and senior Jen Katz (Winchester, Mass.) set a school record with a time of 49.49 to place third overall.

First-year racer Michael Schmidt (Wilmette, Ill.) won the NESCAC title for the men in the 10,000 meter race, finishing with a time of 32:09.82. Earning a second place finish was junior Micah Wood (Tacoma, Wash.) in the 400 (49.34), while rookie John Montroy (Mahwah, N.J.) finished fifth in the 110 hurdles (15.93). Sophomores Adam Dede (West Chester, Ohio) and Nick Plugis (Bedford, Mass.) both earned fourth place finishes, Dede in the pole vault (13'9") and Plugis in the javelin (173'3").

The men's 4x400 relay team comprised of Wood, sophomores Connor Wood (Chicago, Ill.) and Addison Godine (Milton, Mass.) along with rookie Ethan Mann (Norwich, Vt.) finished second with a time of 3:20.64. Finishing fourth with a time of 10:22.15 in the DMR were Schmidt, junior Michael Waters (Bedford, Mass.), senior Ben Fowler (Bethesda, Md.) and junior Russell Griggs (Logan, Utah).
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