Men's Track and Field Contends in Pioneer Invitational

Men's Track and Field Contends in Pioneer Invitational

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – The Castleton men's track and field team kicked off its outdoor season on Saturday, competing in the Pioneer Invitational at Smith College. 

Tayler Larmie earned a second-place finish in the hammer throw with a distance of 38.39 meters, eclipsing his previous school-record distance of 37.96 meters. Freshman Morgan Rainville took seventh in the hammer with a 27.93-meter throw, while Matt Ocker followed in 10th-place with a distance of 20.56 meters. Larmie also took seventh in the discus throw with a distance of 31.70 meters, just ahead of Rainville's eighth-place throw of 31.61 meters. Rainville led Castleton in the shot put with a fourth-place distance of 12.26 meters, while Larmie placed eighth with an 11.22-meter throw.

Austin Beauregard got off to a strong start in the 110-meter hurdles, placing second overall after crossing the line at 17.29 seconds. He also led Castleton in the 400-meter hurdles with a sixth-place time of 1:03.12, while Antonio Nassivera followed with a time of 1:14.54.

Ryan Barry was Castleton's leading sprinter on the day, taking fifth overall in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.67 seconds. Grandon Smith was the next Spartan to cross the finish line with a time of 12.23 seconds, just ahead of teammate Isaiah Pearson's time of 12.64 seconds. Barry also captured a top-10 finish in the 200-meter dash, clocking in at 23.93 seconds.

Jack Schilder led Castleton in the javelin throw, placing seventh overall with a distance of 44.37 meters, just ahead of Clayton Bailey's eighth-place throw of 42.11 meters.

Matt Donlon was the top Spartan finisher in the long jump, covering a distance of 5.56 meters to place 14th overall. Vytas Nielsen came next for Castleton with a distance of 5.21 meters, just ahead of Nathan Bedell's distance of 5.19 meters. 

The Spartans are back in action Saturday when they travel to Fitchburg State for the Eric Loeschner Memorial.