MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Castleton's men's track and field team placed third overall out of five teams at Saturday's Panther Spring Invitational hosted by Middlebury College on the Dragone Track.
The Spartans collected 76 points as a team, placing well ahead of the fourth and fifth place teams, Green Mountain (17) and Sage (7). Host institution Middlebury finished in the top spot, with 288 points, while Bowdoin placed second with 278 points.
Castleton placed four competitors in the top 10 of the javelin throw, as Bowen Lord led the way with a fifth-place throw of 45.13 meters. Matt Donlon, Gavin Harpin and Jackson Dwyer finished seventh, eighth and ninth with throws of 40.56 meters, 39.00 meters and 38.89 meters, respectively.
Dwyer and Tayler Larmie battled for position on the leaderboard all day, as they finished just off each other's pace in three different events. In the shot put, Larmie came out on top with a third-place distance of 12.52 meters, while Dwyer placed fifth with an 11.29-meter throw. In the discus, it was Dwyer posting a 37.38-meter throw to place sixth, while Larmie finished seventh at 33.93 meters. Finally, in the hammer throw, Larmie claimed a fifth-place distance of 36.97 meters while Dwyer finished sixth at 35.73 meters.
The Spartans placed a plethora of runners near the top of the leaderboard, as Grandon Smith tallied a third-place finish in the 800-meter dash, crossing less than three seconds off the leader's pace at 1:59.00. In the 400-meter dash, Brandon Poulin and Sebastian Crowell finished seventh and ninth, posting times of 54.68 seconds and 56.51 seconds.
Harpin, Donlon and Isiah Pearson finished fifth, eighth and ninth in the 100-meter dash with times of 11.70 seconds, 11.99 seconds and 12.37 seconds, respectively. Pearson also tallied a top-10 finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.05 seconds. Austin Beauregard finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdles at 16.31 seconds, while finishing seventh in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:01.84.
Israel Dudley posted a third-place finish in the high jump, clearing a season-high height of 1.78 meters. Justin Wilkinson also posted a personal-best height in the pole vault, clearing 3.65 meters at the meet.
Castleton is back in action next Saturday, traveling to Springfield College to wrap up its regular season.