Stearns, Maier Post New School Records at Middlebury Invitational

Stearns, Maier Post New School Records at Middlebury Invitational

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Ally Stearns claimed the individual title in the weight throw and Lydia Maier set a new school record in the 400-meter dash to highlight the Castleton women's track and field team on Saturday at the Middlebury Invitational.

Stearns, who has already punched her ticket to the New England Regionals in the weight throw this season, set a new personal best and school record with a launch of 14.35 meters, besting Middlebury's Emily Ray by .52 meters (20.5") to claim first overall out of 33 entries. Brianna Hake finished 21st overall with a heave of 10.67 meters, while Cara Cummings and Carley Patch finished back-to-back with respective distances of 9.47 and 9.33 meters.

Maier continued her strong indoor season in the sprints, beating her own school record after clocking in at 1:05.20 to place seventh overall out of 19 competitors in the 400-meter dash. She previously set the new program pace of 1:06.35 at the Rhode Island College Invitational on Dec. 9, 2017.

Sierra Ostrow-Remy led the Spartans in the 60-meter dash with a time of 8.64 seconds to place 15th overall. Ostrow-Remy also led the Spartans in the 200-meter dash, placing 16th with a time of 29.51 seconds. Haley Kennedy was the top Spartan finisher in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 11.25 seconds, followed closely by Emily Maier (11.73s) and Alex Derosia (12.76s).

Mariah Jollie covered a distance of 3.65 meters in the long jump to place 22nd, just ahead of teammate Alix Hurley in 24th with a distance of 3.08 meters.

The Spartans finished eighth out of 12 teams at the meet with 21 points. Host Middlebury took the title with 144 points, followed by St. Lawrence (77) and RPI (65) to round out the top three.

Castleton will have a week off before returning to action on Feb. 9 for the David Hemery Invitational at Boston University.