Women's Indoor Track and Field Prepared For 2017-18 Season

Women's Indoor Track and Field Prepared For 2017-18 Season

CASTLETON, Vt. – Coming off a strong showing in its second year as an NCAA varsity sport, the Castleton women's track and field team is ready to compete in the 2017-18 season, which starts Saturday at the Smith College Invitational in Northampton, Mass. The Spartans will compete in seven different events during the indoor season, highlighted by three straight competitions at Middlebury in January.

The Spartans will return three members of last year's team that currently hold school records in a variety of disciplines. Ally Stearns highlights the returning core as she is coming off a season in which she posted the school record in the weight throw to qualify for the New England Division III Championships. Stearns posted her best distance in the weight throw at the Middlebury Invitational at 13.38 meters, and she also won the Middlebury Winter Classic in January with a distance of 12.75 meters. The junior placed 14th in the weight throw at the New England regionals with a distance of 13.35 meters.

Sierra Ostrow-Remy will look to continue her success in the sprints, as she holds two individual records and is a part of the 4x200m and 4x400m relay teams that have the school record. Ostrow-Remy will be a key member of the sprinting group again this season after posting a career-best time of 8.34 seconds in the 60-meter dash at the Pioneer Invitational in January. She posted a season-best time of 29.07 seconds in the 200-meter dash at the same meet and holds the school record with a time of 28.73 seconds that she set in 2016.

Christiana Carmichael returns to the team in 2017-18 and will look to replicate her success in the mid-distance and hurdling events. Carmichael holds the record in the 400m dash (1:09.3), 500m dash (1:30.28), and the 60m hurdles (11.08 seconds). She posted the program record in the 400-meter dash at the Smith Winter Classic last December to place 17th overall and is also on the 4x400 relay team that currently holds the school record with a time of 4:28.69.

The Spartans will once again have a strong throwing group, with Carley Patch, Cara Cummings, and Mariah Jollie all looking to make an impact this season. Patch had a strong freshman outdoor season after qualifying for the NCAA New England Division III Championships in the discus. Cummings will look to compete in the weight throw and shot put once again in 2017-18 after posting season-best distances of 8.09 meters and 7.41 meters in the disciplines, respectively. Brianna Hake returns to the indoor season in 2017-18 after having a one-year hiatus. She posted three top-10 finishes in the weight throw during her sophomore season in 2015-16.

Morgan LaBarr and Carlie Reen are three newcomers who will look to be a key addition to the squad in the sprints this season. Haley Kennedy also returns to the indoor squad after competing in the outdoor season in 2017.

Castleton will compete at Smith College and Rhode Island College in December, before taking nearly a month off for winter break. The Spartans return to action in 2018 at the Dartmouth Relays on Jan. 9, before closing out the month with three competitions at Middlebury. They will close out their regular season at the David Hemery Invitational at Boston University, with the NCAA Division III New England Championships slated for Feb. 16 at Springfield College.