Hopwood Sets School Record, Stearns Meets Regional-Qualifying Mark in Women’s Indoor Track and Field Opener

Hopwood Sets School Record, Stearns Meets Regional-Qualifying Mark in Women’s Indoor Track and Field Opener

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Bronwen Hopwood broke the school record in the 400-meter and Ally Stearns met a regional-qualifying mark in the weight throw to lead the Castleton women's indoor track and field at its season-opening meet at the Smith Winter Invitational on Saturday.

Hopwood, in her first collegiate track meet, ran a 1:04.29 400-meter to place fourth in the field of 11 and break the previous record of 1:05.20, set by Lydia Maier in 2017-18.

Stearns finished third in the field of 15 with a distance of 13.53 meters (44'4.75) in the weight throw. The senior is the school record holder in the event at 14.35 meters on Jan. 27 of last season. She was also tenth in the shot put with a throw of 9.0 meters (29'6.5").

Lydia Maier trailed close behind Hopwood in the 400-meter run and placed fifth in 1:04.47 in what would have broken her own record sans Hopwood. She also placed third in the 800-meter run in 2:37.83.

Lydia's sister, Emily Maier, reached the finals of the 60-meter hurdles and finished seventh in 11.42 seconds. Emily was also fifth in the 800-meter run (2:47.53), 10th in the long jump (4.40 meters, 14'5.25").

The Spartans will compete next at the Saints Holiday Relays next Saturday hosted by St. Lawrence University.