Men's Track and Field Ready to Open 2017-18 Indoor Season

Men's Track and Field Ready to Open 2017-18 Indoor Season

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton men's track and field team is set to open its 2017-18 competitive slate on Saturday at the Smith College Invitational in Northampton, Mass. Entering its third season as an NCAA varsity sport, the Spartans will look to continue their success after setting multiple records a season ago. 

The Spartans boast a strong core of returners that will look to replicate their success from a season ago. Tayler Larmie, Ryan Barry, and Canute Watson highlight the veteran leaders, who have each registered a program record in three different disciplines. Larmie holds two throwing school records in the weight throw (13.30m) and shot put (12.57m), and both were set last season. Barry posted his career-best time of 24 seconds in the 200-meter dash at Boston University last year to hold the school record in the sprint. Watson returns as a strong short-distance sprinter for the Spartans as he holds the school record in the 60-meter dash with a time of 7.42 seconds.

The throwers will be the strength of the Spartan squad this season, as Morgan Rainville and Clayton Bailey both return to the team after posting strong numbers a season ago. Rainville finished closely behind Larmie in several throwing events last season and posted a season-best mark of 12.26 meters in the shot put at the Smith Invitational in January. The sophomore also captured a season-best distance of 10.39 meters in the weight throw at the Smith Invitational, good for 11th place overall. Bailey posted his season-best distance in the weight throw (10.21m) at the Smith Invitational. He will also look to compete in the shot put this season after posting a best distance of 10.09 meters at the Middlebury Invitational on Jan. 28.

The Spartans also have three newcomers who will look to bolster a strong throwing group in Caleb Davidson, Jackson Dwyer, and Brodie Talbot. Freshman David Harvey looks to make a strong impact in the hurdles this season, while Caleb Lisai will look to be a key member of the sprinting crew in 2017-18.

Castleton will have a full slate of competition this season, beginning with the Smith Invitational Saturday. The Spartans will compete in the Rhode Island College Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 9, before taking a break for the holidays. Upon return, Castleton will compete in the Dartmouth Relays on the first weekend in January, before traveling to Middlebury for three straight weeks to close out the first month of the new year. The Spartans will compete in the David Hemery Invitational once again in Boston on Feb. 9, one week ahead of the New England Division III Championships at Middlebury on Feb. 16.