CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton men's track and field team continues its inaugural season on Saturday as it travels to Middlebury College for the Panther Spring Invitational.
Last week, the Spartans had a strong showing at the Pioneer Invitational at Smith College, as the team placed 12 finishers in the top five of events. Prior to that, Castleton finished fifth out of 21 teams at the season-opening meet hosted by Fitchburg St.
Tayler Larmie has been phenomenal for Castleton this season, posting six top-10 finishes through the first two meets, including a pair of top-five finishes last weekend. Larmie's top finishes come in the shot put, discus, and hammer throw, as he posted a season-high discus throw a week ago. Jackson Dwyer is regularly on Larmie's heels, as he finished just one place off of Larmie's pace in all three events at the Pioneer Invitational.
Justin Wilkinson and Matt Donlon are the team's top pole vault participants, as Wilkinson cleared a height of 3.50 meters for a fourth-place finish a week ago. Donlon cleared the 3.05-meter mark, good for sixth place at the meet. Israel Dudley has been the high jump specialist for Castleton, clearing a height of 1.75 meters in each of the first two meets, placing fourth and third, respectively.
The Spartans are thin in the sprinting department, but Grandon Smith picks up the slack in the middle-distance discipline, as he has posted a pair of top-10 finishes over the course of the first two meets. Smith ran a sixth-place time of 2:04.30 in the 800-meter run at Fitchburg St. before posting a time of 4:14.63 in the 1,500-meter run to place fourth at the Pioneer Invitational last week. Donlon and Austin Beauregard lead the Castleton hurdlers, as they each finished near the top of the charts in both the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles at the first few meets.