February 22, 2010

The Panther indoor track teams competed at the New England Championships last weekend. The women were in action at the University of Southern Maine, placing seventh overall among 25 scoring teams. The men competed at Bates, placing 15th among 21 scoring schools in action. All athletes placing in the top eight earn All-New England honors.

         Winning the New England Championship in the 4x800 relay (9:29.05) was the team of sophomores Rebecca Fanning (Ipswich, Mass.) and Margo Cramer (Seattle, Wash.), along with juniors Sophia Spring (Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.) and Cailey Condit (Leverett, Mass.).

         Fanning qualified provisionally for the NCAA's in the 800, placing second overall with a time of 2:16.11. Setting a new school record in the 600 (1:37.06) was rookie Juliet Ryan-Davis (Newton, Mass.), while placing second in the high jump (5'4.25") was first-year athlete Grace Doering (Darien, Conn.). Cramer placed fifth in the mile (5:06.18), while rookie Emily Dodge (Auburn, Maine) placed seventh in both the long jump (16'7.25") and 55 meter hurdles (8.77). First-year racer Sarah O'Brien (Wellesley, Mass.) came in eighth (3:08.48) in the 1000, while sophomore Julia Sisson (Omaha, Neb.) set a new school record in the pentathlon with 2,497 points, placing 12th.

         Middlebury's DMR team of O'Brien, Spring and rookies Jessica Berry (Danbury, Conn.) and Molly McLean (East Islip, N.Y.) finished third overall with a time of 12:32.46. Also earning All-N.E. honors by setting a school record with a sixth place finish (1:50.23) in the 4x200 were senior Anjuli Demers (Dracut, Mass.), junior Alice Wisener (Ridgewood, N.J.), sophomore Mia Martinez (Ridgewood, N.J.) and first-year racer Anna Thurston (Waterville, Maine).

         Junior Addison Godine (Milton, Mass.) led the men with a fourth place finish (1:58.10) in the 800, while junior Kristoffer Williams (Fairport, N.Y.) came in sixth (14'11") in the pole vault. Other top men's finishers were sophomore Michael Schmidt (Wilmette, Ill.), who placed seventh (4:20.51) in the mile and sophomore John Montroy (Mahwah, N.J.) with an eighth place finish (8.12) in the 55 meter hurdles. The men's DMR team comprised of Schmidt and rookies John Davies (Grosse Pointe, Mich.), Nolan Link (Bomoseen, Vt.) and Patrick Hebble (Sudbury, Mass.) placed seventh with a time of 10:35.18.

• Indoor track races at N.E.'s

• Up next: 2/26-27 @ Open N.E.'s (B.U.)