Middlebury secures four first-place finishes and breaks school record at PLNU

Barns, Kaiden, Louie and Virzi broke the school record in the 4×100 relay.

Middlebury’s women’s track and field team earned four first-place finishes and broke a school record at Point Loma Nazarene University’s collegiate invite on Saturday. The meeting concluded the Panthers’ spring trip to California. They are inactive next week before resuming competition on April 9 at the Amherst Spring Fling.

The 4×100 meter relay team made up of Joely Virzi, michelle louie, Eva Kaiden and Cady Barns finished third in a school record time of 48.70. The previous record of 48.78 was broken in 2019. The 4×400 relay quartet of Cassie Kearney, Nicole JohnsonLouie and Elle Thompson won the event with a time of 4:56.17.

Barns, Kearney and Johnson each had individual wins in the encounter. Kearney won the 1500m with a time of 4:32.89, while Katelyn Pease was just behind in third place (4:42.30). Johnson won the 400m (58.55), with Jaqueline filling one stitch back (59.33). The Panthers swept the long jump with six athletes finishing in the top eight. Barns won the event with a jump of 5.40m, followed by Macy Daggitt in second (4.98m) and Zoe Wang third (4.89m).

Jaxon Palmer finished second in the javelin with a throw of 36.14m, while Reilly Isler was right behind in third (30.74m). Mary Scott Robinson recorded a pair of nods for third place, throwing the shot put 11.37m and registering a mark of 34.98m in the hammer.

Ciara Dale crossed the line in 1:04.35 in the 400 hurdles to place second, while Louie finished third in the 200 with a time of 25.45.

Other runners-up came from Daggitt in the high jump (1.55m) and Wang in the pole vault (3.20m).

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