Men's Track and Field Geared Up For Outdoor Season

Men's Track and Field Geared Up For Outdoor Season

CASTLETON, Vt. – Coming off a season in which it earned a fourth place finish in the North Atlantic Conference Championship and landed its first-ever New England regional qualifier, the Castleton men's track and field team is set to open its outdoor campaign Saturday at the Wesleyan Spring Classic.  

Castleton will return three All-NAC competitors from a season ago, including two members who captured first place finishes in the NAC Championship at Colby-Sawyer.

Austin Beauregard earned All-Conference honors after taking the top spot in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 17.20 seconds. The junior currently holds the program record with a time of 16.15 seconds. Beauregard is coming off a stellar indoor season in which he qualified for the New England Championships in the 60-meter hurdles for the first time in his career. He placed 16th at regionals with a new school-record time of 8.80 seconds.

Tayler Larmie placed first in the hammer throw at last year's NAC Championship with a new meet and program record distance of 41.45 meters. He also placed fourth overall in the shot put with a launch of 12.08 meters on his way to All-NAC honors. Larmie currently holds the outdoor program records in both throwing events and will look to build off a strong indoor season in 2018.

Ryan Barry will look to continue to lead Castleton in the sprints after earning All-NAC honors in the 100-meter dash in 2017. Barry took second at last year's conference championship with a new personal-best time of 11.63 seconds. Barry is a member of the quartet that holds the school record in the 4x100 relay with a time of 45.86 seconds, and he also holds three indoor records in the 60-meter dash (7.30s), 200-meter dash (23.89s), and the 4x200 relay team's time of 1:37.72.

The Spartans will once again look to boast a strong throwing core in 2018. Along with Larmie, sophomore Morgan Rainville is coming off a strong debut season in which he set two new personal bests at the conference championship. Rainville led Castleton in the shot put with a third-place throw of 12.62 meters and captured sixth in the discus with a heave of 28.62 meters. The sophomore enjoyed another strong indoor season, setting the program record in the shot put with a distance of 13.33 meters in December.

Freshman Brodie Talbot will look to help lead the Spartans in the discus during the outdoor season. Talbot competed in all six indoor meets this season and boasted strong finishes in the shot put and weight throw. Clayton Bailey, Jackson Dwyer, and Matt Ocker are all set to compete in throwing events this season for the Spartans.

Sophomore Chris Doucet will look to lead Castleton in the jumping pits as the sophomore returns to the squad after another strong indoor season. Doucet currently holds two indoor records in the high jump (1.73m) and pole vault (3.40m).

Canute Watson joins a strong returning group in the sprints and is coming off another strong indoor season. Four members of the cross country squad are set to join the outdoor program this season in Carter Kline, Jacob PeetTom Rizza, and Oliver Rodgers.

Newcomers Zach Allen and Zachary Gebo will join Barry, Watson, Gavin Harpin, Caleb Lisai, Luke Mullin, Nick Reca, and John Wederman in the sprints.

Castleton opens its season on Saturday at the Wesleyan Spring Classic. The Spartans will be at Middlebury on Saturday, April 14 for the Panther Spring Invitational, and will conclude their regular season at the NAC Championships on Sunday, April 29. New England Division III Championships are set for May 3-5 at MIT.