January 16, 2012

            The Middlebury College indoor track and field teams opened up their winter season by competing in the Gotham Cup hosted by N.Y.U. The meet was comprised of mostly Division I teams, with the Panthers earning some top finishes.

Sophomore Peter Hetzler (Rumson, N.J.) tied the school’s 400 meter record, finishing 13th overall with a time of 49.94. Also earning top finishes for the men were sophomores Wilder Schaaf (Ashland, Ore.) and junior Anthony Lee (Plainsboro, N.Y.) who came in sixth (4:21.28) and 14th (4:24.49) respectively in the mile.

On the women’s side, junior Juliet Ryan-Davis (Newton, Mass.) broke the school mark in the 1,000, finishing 10th with a time of 2:57.55. Also breaking a school record was the women’s 4x400 relay team of Davis, sophomore Morgan Childs (Castleton, Vt.) and Victoria Sheffield (Seattle, Wash.) and first-year racer Grace Heglund-Lohman (LaCrosse, Wis.). The group finished the event in 14th place overall, earning a time of 4:04.90.

Sophomore Lottie Hedden (Washington, D.C.) and rookie Alison Maxwell (Port Angeles, Wash.) were solid in the mile, with Hedden placing eighth (5:21.70) and Maxwell coming in 10th (5:23.60). Other top finishers for the women were Sheffield in the 500 (13th-1:19.41) and rookie Sarah Guth (Wilton, Conn.) in the 800 (15th-2:24.26).
• Indoor track opens season
• Up next: 1/20 @ UVM