Women's Track and Field Wins Three Events at NAC Championships

Women's Track and Field Wins Three Events at NAC Championships

NEW LONDON, N.H. – Brianna Hake and Carlie Reen each came away with individual titles and the 4x400 relay team took the top spot overall to lead the Castleton women's track and field team to a third place finish in the North Atlantic Conference Championships on Sunday at Colby-Sawyer.

Castleton scored 92 points on the day to edge UMaine-Farmington (91) by one point for third place. Husson claimed the team title with 207 points and Colby-Sawyer took second place with a score of 167, while Lyndon State (18) and Johnson State (9) rounded out the rankings in fifth and sixth place, respectively.

Hake was the top performer for the Spartans, as she shattered the school record in the javelin on her final throw with a launch of 40.98 meters, besting the No. 2 finisher by over four meters. Hake's mark set a new meet record and currently ranks second in New England and 15th in the nation as she is in pursuit of becoming the Spartans' first ever national qualifier.

Reen highlighted Castleton on the track with a first place finish in the 400-meter dash. After setting a new school record one week ago, Reen eclipsed her personal best once again with a time of 1:03.42, crossing the line 36 seconds faster than her nearest competitor. Savanah Graves also scored in the 400-meter dash with a sixth-place time of 1:10.27.

The 4x400 relay team of Christiana Carmichael, Reen, Lydia Maier, and Haley Kennedy brought home the top spot after clocking in at 4:19.33, just over two seconds better than Husson's quartet (4:21.79).

Carmichael led the Spartans in the 200-meter dash, placing fifth with a time of 29.03 seconds. Alix Hurley and Samantha Turgeon finished back-to-back in 11th and 12th place with respective times of 32.96 and 33.09 seconds.

Lydia Maier continued her strong season in the 800-meter run as she completed the race in 2:24.18 to place second, just under two seconds behind the leader from UMF. Haley Kennedy paced Castleton in the 100-meter hurdles, coming away with a second place finish in 17.73 seconds. Emily Maier took second place in the 400-meter hurdles after clocking in at 1:10.82, just ahead of Kennedy in third (1:11.71).

Back over to field events, Ally Stearns led the way for Castleton in the hammer throw with a second-place mark of 38.44 meters on her third throw. Iyanna Williams captured fourth place (38.13m) and Mariah Jollie took sixth (33.65m).

Williams tallied six more points in the discus, placing third with a top mark of 31.31 meters. Carley Patch came in fifth (29.20m) and Cara Cummings (22.09m) finished 11th to lead the Spartans.

Patch claimed eighth place in the shot put with a top mark of 9.24 meters. Cummings and Katey Harris placed 16th and 18th with throws of 7.32 and 6.86 meters, respectively.

Castleton wraps up another strong season as its third full year as a varsity sport. Hake will continue her season on Saturday, May 5, for the New England Division III Championships held at MIT.