Northampton, Mass. – A slew of new program records were set on Saturday afternoon as the Castleton University men's track and field team enjoyed a strong performance in the Smith Pioneer Invitational on the campus of Smith College.
Grandon Smith was the leading runner on the day for the Spartans, claiming third-place overall in the 600-meter run with a time of 1:25.25. Setting a new program pace in the event by nearly 30 seconds, the junior punched his ticket to the Division III New England Championships for the second straight week after notching a regional qualifying time of 2:36.73 in the 1000-meter run at the Middlebury Winter Classic.
After coming within a second of the school record time in the 200-meter dash last week at the Middlebury Invitational, Ryan Barry eclipsed the 24.67-mark this afternoon after clocking in at 24.59 seconds. Isaiah Pearson was the next Spartan to cross the finish line with a time of 25.64 seconds. The two were also the top two Spartan finishers in the 60-meter dash with times of 7.55 and 7.89 seconds, respectively.
The quartet of Barry, Robert Novobilsky, Matt Donlon, and Smith set a new program pace in the 200-meter relay, with an impressive time of 1:37.72, surpassing the previous school record by nearly three seconds.
In the field events, freshman Morgan Rainville set a new personal-best distance of 12.26 meters on his best throw of the afternoon in the shot put, placing fifth overall out of 19 competitors in the event. Tayler Larmie followed with a seventh-place distance of 11.59 meters on his top toss.
The teammates traded places in the weight throw, with Larmie leading the team on a 12.04-meter throw for a fourth-place overall finish out of 15 participants. Rainville and Clayton Bailey finished consecutively with distances of 10.39 and 10.21 meters, respectively, while freshman Matt Ocker rounded out the Spartans in the event with a 7.67-meter throw.
Jermaine Coggins was the leading Spartan in the jumping pits on the day. The freshman covered 11.66 meters in the triple jump to claim fifth overall, before reaching an eighth-place distance of 5.67 meters in the long jump. Both marks set new program records on the day for Coggins.
Donlon was the lone Spartan competitor in the pole vault, taking third overall with a height of 3.20 meters.
Castleton will return to action on Saturday, Jan. 28, when the team competes in the Middlebury Invitational.