Women's Track and Field Opens Outdoor Season Saturday

Women's Track and Field Opens Outdoor Season Saturday

CASTLETON, Vt. – Coming off a third place finish in the North Atlantic Conference Championship last season and boasting another regional qualifier earlier this year during the indoor campaign, the Castleton women's outdoor track and field team will look to carry momentum into its third year as an NCAA varsity sport in 2018.

Castleton returns three All-Conference selections from a season ago, including Carley Patch, Haley Kennedy, and Kaylyn Crompton, who each earned a top two finish in the 2017 NAC Championship at Colby-Sawyer.

Patch is coming off a stellar freshman campaign in which she took second in the discus at the NAC Championship and continued her season in the New England Division III Championships as a regional qualifier. Patch claimed 16th in the discus at regionals with a mark of 31.76 meters, while posting her season-best mark of 33.91 meters at the Springfield College Classic. The sophomore will look to build off a strong indoor season in 2018, which featured competition in the weight throw and shot put.

Kennedy claimed second place in the 400-meter hurdles at the conference championship with a school-best time of 1:10.70, less than a second off the first-place finisher. Kennedy is also a member of the 4x100 and 4x400 relay teams that hold the program record with respective times of 53.36 seconds and 4:32.29. The junior posted a strong indoor season in which she set a new program record in the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 10.91 seconds in December.

Crompton earned All-NAC honors last season after placing second in the 1500-meter run in the championship with an impressive time of 5:09.17. Crompton currently holds the school record in the distance run with a time of 5:01.27, which placed her seventh at the Springfield Classic last April.

The Spartans will look to be anchored by a strong throwing core once again this season. Joining Patch, Ally Stearns, Brianna Hake, Cara Cummings, Savanah Graves, Katey Harris, Mariah Jollie, and Iyanna Williams are all set to compete in throwing events.

Stearns qualified for New England regionals during the indoor season and holds the indoor weight throw record with a distance of 14.35 meters. Hake looks to be another centerpiece to the squad in 2018 as she holds the program-best mark in the javelin (38.41m) and took second in the javelin at the NAC Championship in 2016.

Christiana Carmichael and Sierra Ostrow-Remy will look to lead Castleton in the sprints this season. Carmichael competed in every indoor meet and helped the 4x200 relay team set a new program-record time of 1:56.38 at the regionals. Newcomers Carlie Reen and Lydia Maier were also in the record-setting quartet, and both members look to be key contributors in the sprints this season. Ostrow-Remy holds two outdoor records in the 100-meter dash (13.03s) and 200-meter dash (27.89s).

Castleton opens its season on Saturday at the Wesleyan Spring Classic. The Spartans will compete 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 to kick off on Thursday, May 3 at MIT.