Smith And Larmie Highlight Big Day for Men's Track and Field

Smith And Larmie Highlight Big Day for Men's Track and Field

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Grandon Smith and Tayler Larmie captured new program records in the distance running and throwing departments to lead the Castleton men's track and field team to a strong showing at the Middlebury Winter Classic on Saturday afternoon.

Smith crossed the line in the 1000-meter run with a time of 2:36.73, qualifying for the NCAA Division III New England Championships and ECAC Championships in late February. Smith's mark shattered the program pace by over one minute.

Larmie surpassed his own school record (12.43m) in the shot put with a top throw of 12.57 meters on Saturday. The sophomore's distance gave him a second place finish overall, ranking just behind the top spot of 13.45 meters tossed by Middlebury's Tyler Chaisson. Freshman Morgan Rainville took fourth with a throw of 10.85 meters, while Matt Ocker covered a distance of 9.61 meters on his best throw to round out the Spartans in the event. Larmie also took second overall in the weight throw after reaching a distance of 12.68 meters on his best throw of the afternoon.

Sophomore Ryan Barry was the top Spartan in the 200-meter dash after clocking in at 24.71 seconds, coming within one second of the program record of 24.67. Isaiah Pearson (25.77) and Sebastien Crowell (26.51) crossed the line next, respectively, for the Spartans. Barry also led the way in the 60-meter dash, taking sixth place out of 13 runners with a time of 7.50 seconds.

The Spartans will return to action next Saturday, Jan. 21, when they travel to Smith College for the Beynon Invitational.