May 29, 2012

The Middlebury College track and field team finished strong on the final day of competition at the NCAA Championships at the Fritz B. Burns Stadium on the campus of Claremont-Mudd-Scripts in California. The Panther men finished tied for eighth among 82 teams scoring, while the women were tied for 15th among 80 scoring squads. Four different athletes earned All-American honors in six events on the final day of competition.

One day one, senior Michael Schmidt (Wilmette, Ill.) earned All-American honors in the 10,000 meters, placing second overall with a time of 30:32.84. The senior pulled ahead to hold the lead late in the race, but saw Tim Nelson of Wisconsin-Stout pull away on the final two laps for the victory.

Senior Margo Cramer (Seattle, Wash.) won her heat in the 1,500 meters to advance to the finals, edging Randelle Boots of Wellesley by just 4/100ths of a second with a time of 4:34.26.

Junior Jack Davies (Grosse Pointe, Mich.) also advanced, earning a time of 9:14.52 in the 3,000 meter steeplechase.

Junior Patrick Hebble (Sudbury, Mass.) competed in the 1,500 meter race, but his time of 3:54.87 did not qualify him for the finals.

On the second day of competition, junior Grace Doering (Darien, Conn.) earned All-American honors in the high jump, placing eighth overall by clearing 5’5.75”. Cramer qualified for the finals in the 800, finishing with a time of 2:08.89.

Senior Mia Martinez (Ridgewood, N.J.) was Middlebury’s third competitor on Saturday, racing in the 100 hurdles. The senior finished with a time of 14.69 in the race, but unfortunately did not qualify for the finals.

On the final day, Cramer earned All-American honors in two different events. The senior was .52 seconds from becoming an NCAA Champion in the 1,500, placing second overall with a time of 4:26.18. She also turned in a great finish in the 800, finishing fifth in the race in 2:08.71, a new school record.

Davies was second only to the NCAA Champion in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, finishing the event in second place in 8:54.61, breaking his own school mark. Also earning All-American status (for the second time at the championships) was Schmidt, who placed fourth in the 5,000 with a time of 14:25.24

Middlebury’s lone field athlete at the NCAA's was Lauren Pincus (Upper Montclair, N.J.). The sophomore was one spot away from All-American status with a ninth place finish in the javelin (137’6”).

Junior Addie Tousley (Kensington, Md.) raced for the Panthers in the 5,000, placing 13th overall in the event with a time of 17:32.99.

• end of season