NESCAC Track & Field Championships Head to Middlebury

Middlebury will host the 2019 NESCAC Track & Field Championships on April 27

HADLEY, Mass. - The 2019 NESCAC Men’s & Women’s Track & Field Championships will be held Saturday, April 27 at the Middlebury College’s Dragone Complex in Middlebury, Vt. The one-day event gets underway at 9 a.m. The championships will be streamed online, a link can be found at and the broadcast can also be seen on Roku, Apple TV, and Amazon Fire. Search for and download the ‘NESCAC Network’ channel.


Last season at Trinity, the Middlebury men captured their first NESCAC title recording 14 top-three finishes, including two winning relay performances and individual first-place finishes in the 100-meter dash and the 1,500-meter run. The Panthers recorded 172 points, 32 points better than second-place Williams (140) and 35 points ahead of third-place Tufts (137).
The Williams women won their fifth-straight NESCAC Championship and 25th overall last season behind first-place performances in six individual events and 15 top-three finishes overall. The Ephs registered 200 points, while Tufts (115.5 points) and Middlebury (96.5 points) placed second and third, respectively.
A total of 15 individual defending champions return in 2019, including five athletes in the men’s and women’s sprint competitions. Middlebury’s Nicholas Hendrix (East Molesey, United Kingdom) is the reigning champion in the men’s 100-meter dash, but three runners led by Tufts’ Anthony Kardonsky (Tenafly, N.J.), the 2017 NESCAC Champion, are tied for the top time in the event this season (10.96). Williams’ Kennedy Green (Los Angeles, Calif.) has won the women’s 100-meter title in back-to-back years and is tied with Brittney McKinley (Atascadero, Calif.) of Bowdoin for the top time this year (12.36). In the men’s 200-meter race, Hendrix (21.92) and fellow Panther Jimmy Martinez (Maplewood, N.J.) (21.90) finished second and third, respectively, last year and both rank among the top three times this season. Henry Bruen (Kansas City, Mo.) of Amherst has posted the top time in the event at 21.77. Hamilton’s Cat Berry (Mansfield, Ohio) is the defending champion in the women’s 200-meters and has the second-best time this season (25.38) behind Trinity’s Morgan Hallow (Charlotte, N.C.) (25.33). Martinez, who captured first place in the men’s 400-meter race last year, owns the top time heading into the championship at 48.78. Hallow finished third last year in the women’s 400-meters and owns the second-best time this season (57.48), trailing Berry’s time of 57.31. Amherst’s Kristian Sogaard (Ridgefield, Conn.), the two-time defending champion in the men’s 800-meters, aims to defend his title. However, Lucas Wright (Severna Park, Md.) of Hamilton (1:52.27), Nathan Hill (Hinsdale, Ill.) of Middlebury (1:53.53) and Aidan Ryan (New York, N.Y.) of Williams (1:53.81) have the best times in the event this season. Williams’ Anna Passannante (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Ayden Eickhoff (Corvallis, Mont.) of Bates finished second and third, respectively, last year in the women’s 800-meters. Passannante holds the best time in the event this season (2:11.87) while Eickhoff claimed the title in 2017.
In the distance events, only one champion from last year is back in the field. Trinity’s Ace McAlister (Great Barrington, Mass.) won the men’s 5,000-meter race last year on his home track, but Connecticut College’s Danny Aschale (Cambridge, Mass.) leads the runners in the event with a top time of 14:40.92. Audrey Rustad (Boise, Idaho) of Williams placed third in the women’s 5,000-meters in 2018 and owns the third-best time this year (17:36.22). Amherst’s Christina Scartelli (Bethlehem, Pa.) paces the runners in the event with a time of 17:13.38. Williams’ Ryan leads the field in the men’s 1,500-meters with a time of 3:50.86 this season, while fellow Eph Passannante owns the top women’s time (4:33.19). Middlebury’s Abigail Nadler (Chicago, Ill.), the 2016 champion, has the second-best time this season at 4:33.81. Bryce Murdick (Sandwich, N.H.) of Hamilton is the top runner in the men’s 10,000-meters this season, posting a time of 31:23.26. The winner of the event over the last three years has clocked in at just over 30 minutes. Williams’ Emma Hermann (Northville, Minn.) was the women’s 10,000-meter runner-up in 2018 and owns the best time in 2019 (35:52.46) heading into the NESCAC Championships. Wesleyan’s Kevin McMorrow (Wingdale, N.Y.) narrowly leads the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase field with a time of 9:19.71. Middlebury’s Theodore Henderson (Cold Spring, N.Y.) has clocked a time of 9:19.96 and should challenge McMorrow to the finish line. In the women’s event, Williams’ Emily Harris (Manchester, N.H.) has posted a top time of 11:09.97 this year.
In the men’s hurdles, Josh Etkind (New City, N.Y.) of Tufts is back to defend his title in the 110-meters after claiming first place in 2017 and 2018. He is the current NESCAC record holder in the event and owns the top time in 2019 (14.66). Sage Bailin (Amherst, Mass.) of Colby looks to do the same in the 400-meter hurdles as he enters the championship with the top time of 53.37. Colby’s Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik (Britt, Minn.) was last year’s runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles and has the best time in the event this season (14.41). Bowdoin’s Sara Ory (Saint Louis, Mo.) set a new NESCAC standard last year in the women’s 400-meter hurdles on her way to capturing the title. Caitlin Ubl (Norwood, N.J.) (1:03.08) of Williams, Stokes Cerkvenik (1:03.70) and Ory (1:03.99) own the top three times this season and are all within a second of each other.
In the jumps, a new champion will be crowned, but the runners-up in the high jump, the long jump, and the triple jump all return. Beufils Kimpolo-Pene (Bronx, N.Y.) of Bates finished second in the high jump and has one of the top three marks (1.95m), tying Bowdoin’s Joseph Staudt (North Andover, Mass.). Williams’ Ian Kagame (Kigali, Rwanda) leads the pack with a leap of 2.01 meters. In the women’s high jump, Williams’ Emma Egan (Yarmouth, Maine) was the runner-up last year and boasts the top height this year (1.75m) and looks to extend the Ephs’ streak of winning the event to four straight years. Matthew Mantega (North Andover, Mass.) of Tufts has the best mark in the men’s long jump this season (6.86m) following a runner-up performance in 2018. Williams’ Izabelle Ith (Petersburg, Alaska) won last year’s women’s long jump with a mark of 5.62 meters and has the second-best distance this season (5.53m). Middlebury’s Alex Cook (Kenilworth, Ill.) has produced the top distance at 5.55 meters. Amherst’s Jordan Edwards (Alexandria, Va.) placed second in the men’s triple jump last season and carries the top distance of 13.87 meters into the 2019 championship. Williams’ Kene Odenigbo (New Rochelle, N.Y.) has registered the top mark in the women’s triple jump at 11.49 meters and looks to stretch the Ephs’ streak of triple jump titles to three straight years.
Henry Hintermeister (North Berwick, Maine) of Tufts and Zach Smith (Waterville, Maine) of Bates return this year in the javelin after finishing first and third, respectively, last year. Hintermeister has logged a top throw of 57.01 meters, while Smith owns a mark of 53.17 meters. Bates’ Tyler Harrington (Haverhill, Mass.), the 2017 NESCAC Champion, checks in with the second-best mark this year at 54.78 meters. In the women’s javelin, Trinity’s Devan Walsh (Danvers, Mass.) placed third last season and owns the third-best throw this year (40.40m), behind Bowdoin’s Sophia Slovenski (Cape Neddick, Maine) (43.24m) and Middlebury’s Rebecca Gorman (Sudbury, Mass.) (42.25m). A new champion will be crowned in the men’s discus event, with Middlebury’s Zack Sieb (Randolph, N.J.) leading the field of competitors with a throw of 46.00 meters. Connecticut College’s Emily Senatore (Norwell, Mass.) returns to defend her title in the women’s discus and holds the top mark of 43.35 meters. Tufts’ Kevin Quisumbing (Los Angeles, Calif.), the runner-up in the shot put in 2018, enters the championship with the top mark in the men’s event at 15.72 meters. Koko Mensah (Orange, N.J.) of Connecticut College, the 2017 NESCAC Women’s Shot Put Champion, returns to the field and has the best mark this season at 14.40 meters. Defending champion Peace Kabari (Manchester, N.H.) of Trinity also returns to the field and ranks second among the top marks this year (14.25m). In the men’s hammer throw, Bates’ John Rex (Andover, Mass.) leads the field with a mark of 57.92 meters. In the women’s hammer throw Ivie Uzamere (White Plains, N.Y.) of Wesleyan has a top throw of 50.98 meters, while Tufts’ Evelyn Drake (Murfreesboro, Tenn.), the defending champion, ranks second (47.40m). 
In the pole vault, Middlebury’s John Natalone (Dix Hills, N.Y.), who finished third last year after winning the event in 2017, enters the 2019 championship with the top mark in the event (4.88m). Williams Kelsie Hao (McLean, Va.) is the reigning champion in the women’s pole vault and has the best mark this season at 3.91 meters. Kreager Taber (Raleigh, N.C.) of Middlebury and Maggie Murphy (New Cumberland, Pa.) of Williams, last year’s second and third-place finishers also return and are tied for the next best height at 3.55 meters. 
In the men’s relays, Middlebury captured first place in the 4x100 and 4x400 races last year. The top three teams, Tufts (42.06), Middlebury (42.42), and Bowdoin (42.50), are all within a half-second of each other. The Panthers are the three-time defending 4x400 champion and have the best time this season (3:17.83). Amherst claimed first in the 4x800 race a year ago, but Williams holds the top time at 7:58.95 this season. In the women’s relay races, Colby won the NESCAC title in the 4x100 and 4x800 races, while Middlebury claimed the title in the 4x400 relay. Williams boasts the top time in the 4x100 (47.84) and the 4x400 (3:51.59) relays, while Bowdoin has the top mark in 4x800 at 9:40.00.
The top three individual finishers and the top three relay teams will be considered All-Conference honorees in each event.

100m DASH

2019 Top 3 Times 10.96 Anthony Kardonsky, Tufts
  10.96 Robert Allen, Trinity
  10.96 Henry Buren, Amherst
2018 Champion 10.58 Nick Hendrix, Middlebury
2017 Champion 10.85 Anthony Kardonsky, Tufts
2016 Champion 10.82 Katakyie Ofori-Atta, Williams
200m DASH    
2019 Top 3 Times 21.77 Henry Buren, Amherst
  21.90 Jimmy Martinez, Middlebury
  21.92 Nick Hendrix, Middlebury
2018 Champion 21.65 Eli Saucier, Hamilton
2017 Champion 22.03 Eli Saucier, Hamilton
2016 Champion 21.87 Katakyie Ofori-Atta, Williams
400m DASH    
2019 Top 3 Times 48.78 Jimmy Martinez, Middlebury
  48.94 Ryan Prenosil, Amherst
  49.02 Tom Doyle, Tufts
2018 Champion 48.02 Jimmy Martinez, Middlebury
2017 Champion 48.43 Alex Nichols, Middlebury
2016 Champion 48.32 Alex Nichols, Middlebury
800m DASH    
2019 Top 3 Times 1:52.27 Lucas Wright, Hamilton
  1:53.53 Nathan Hill, Middlebury
  1:53.81 Aidan Ryan, Williams
2018 Champion 1:50.95 Kristian Sogaard, Amherst
2017 Champion 1:51.94 Kristian Sogaard, Amherst
2016 Champion 1:51.36 Mitchell Black, Tufts
1,500m RUN    
2019 Top 3 Times 3:50.86 Aidan Ryan, Williams
  3:51.89 Nathan Hill, Middlebury
  3:53.44 Jon Perlman, Middlebury
2018 Champion 3:52.20 Kevin Serrao, Middlebury
2017 Champion 3:50.34 Peter Hale, Williams
2016 Champion 3:52.28 Mitchell Black, Tufts
2019 Top 3 Times 9:19.71 Kevin McMorrow, Wesleyan
  9:19.96 Theo Henderson, Middlebury
  9:29.97 Jacob Kahrs, Williams
2018 Champion 9:15.83 Scott Mason, Connecticut College
2017 Champion 8:58.46 Luke O'Connor, Tufts
2016 Champion 9:15.37 Luke O'Connor, Tufts
5,000m RUN    
2019 Top 3 Times 14:40.92 Danny Aschale, Connecticut College
  14:42.01 Clark Ricciardelli, Amherst
  14:46.22 Aidan Ryan, Williams
2018 Champion 15:03.82 Ace McAlister, Trinity
2017 Champion 14:51.23 Peter Hale, Williams
2016 Champion 14:41.45 Bijan Mazaheri, Williams
10,000m RUN    
2019 Top 3 Times 31:23.26 Bryce Murdick, Hamilton
  32:12.74 Braxton Schuldt, Amherst
  32:33.06 Dylan Jones, Tufts
2018 Champion 30:30.00 Ben Decker, Williams
2017 Champion 30:47.31 Tim Nichols, Tufts
2016 Champion 30:55.72 Bijan Mazaheri, Williams
110m HURDLES    
2019 Top 3 Times 14.66 Josh Etkind, Tufts
  15.22 Sage Bailin, Colby
  15:32 Tanner Burton, Colby
2018 Champion 14:52 # Josh Etkind, Tufts
2017 Champion 14:53 Josh Etkind, Tufts
2016 Champion 14.94 Michael Pallozzi, Middlebury
400m HURDLES    
2019 Top 3 Times 53.37 Sage Bailin, Colby
  54.87 Kevin DeLoughry, Wesleyan
  55.00 Riley Patten, Tufts
2018 Champion 53.07 Sage Bailin, Colby
2017 Champion 54.15 Andrew DiMaiti, Tufts
2016 Champion 53.56 Nolan Raimo, Williams
4x100m RELAY    
2019 Top 3 Times 42.06 Tufts
  42.42 Middlebury
  42.50 Bowdoin
2018 Champion 42.29 Middlebury
2017 Champion 41.81 Colby
2016 Champion 41.68 # Tufts
4x400m RELAY    
2019 Top 3 Times 3:17.83 Middlebury
  3:20.87 Wesleyan
  3:22.89 Bowdoin
2018 Champion 3:16.72 Middlebury
2017 Champion 3:17.45 Middlebury
2016 Champion 3:17.29 # Middlebury
4x800m RELAY     
2019 Top 3 Times 7:58.95 Williams
  7:59.45 Connecticut College
  8:07.66 Trinity
2018 Champion 7:46.76 Amherst
2017 Champion 7:44.69 Williams
2016 Champion 7:41.74 # Bowdoin
2019 Top 3 Heights  2.01m Ian Kagame, Williams
  1.95m Joseph Staudt, Bowdoin
  1.95m Beaufils Kimpolo-Pene, Bates
2018 Champion 2.03m Stefan Duvivier, Tufts
2017 Champion 1.98m Stefan Duvivier, Tufts
2016 Champion 1.98m Stefan Duvivier, Tufts
2019 Top 3 Distances 6.86m Matthew Manteiga, Tufts
  6.82m Troy Colleran, Amherst
  6.75m Ben Stein, Tufts
2018 Champion 6.90m Tobias Muellers, Williams
2017 Champion 6.93m Christian Holway, Williams
2016 Champion 7.04m Bryson Hoover-Hankerson, Tufts
2019 Top 3 Distances 13.87m Jordan Edwards, Amherst
  13.47m Yaseen Zarroug, Amherst
  13.44m Alex Zsikla, Tufts
2018 Champion 14.32m Brian Greenberg, Bowdoin
2017 Champion 14.60m Brian Greenberg, Bowdoin
2016 Champion 14.51m Brian Greenberg, Bowdoin
2019 Top 3 Distances 57.01m Henry Hintermeister, Tufts
  54.78m Tyler Harrington, Bates
  53.17m Zack Smith, Bates
2018 Champion 60.45m Henry Hintermeister, Tufts
2017 Champion 59.91m Tyler Harrington, Bates
2016 Champion 58.64m Deklan Robinson, Middlebury
2019 Top 3 Distances 46.00m Zack Sieb, Middlebury
  43.62m John Rex, Bates
  42.05m Christian Trebisacci, Tufts
2018 Champion 48.94m Adedire Fakorede, Bates
2017 Champion 49.60m Adedire Fakorede, Bates
2016 Champion 47.50m Adedire Fakorede, Bates
2019 Top 3 Distances 15.72m Kevin Quisumbing, Tufts
  14.96m Nathaniel Klein, Middlebury
  14.42m Amir Parker, Bowdoin
2018 Champion 15.58m John Pietro, Bowdoin
2017 Champion 15.90m Magnus Herweyer, Williams
2016 Champion 15.60m Nick Margitza, Bates
2019 Top 3 Distances 57.92m John Rex, Bates
  57.55m Minhaj Rahman, Middlebury
  49.31m Zack Campbell, Bates
2018 Champion 55.78m John Pietro, Bowdoin
2017 Champion 57.83m Adedire Fakorede, Bates
2016 Champion 54.53m Nick Margitza, Bates
2019 Top 3 Heights 4.88m John Natalone, Middlebury
  4.80m Ben Wallace, Tufts
  4.70m Andrew McCracken, Wesleyan
2018 Champion 4.70m Garrett Anderson, Bates
2017 Champion 4.40m John Natalone, Middlebury
2016 Champion 4.70m Jared Whitman, Middlebury

100m DASH

2019 Top 3 Entries 12.36 Brittney McKinley, Bowdoin
  12.36 Kennedy Green, Williams
  12:48 Kiara Tan, Williams
2018 Champion 12.13 Kennedy Green, Williams
2017 Champion 12.23 Kennedy Green, Williams
2016 Champion 11.88 # Alexis Harrison, Tufts
200m DASH    
2019 Top 3 Times 25.33 Morgan Hallow, Trinity
  25.38 Cat Berry, Hamilton
  25.38 Gretchen McGrath, Middlebury
2018 Champion 24.87 Cat Berry, Hamilton
2017 Champion 24.82 Allison Hill, Bates
2016 Champion 25.40 Alexis Harrison, Tufts
400m DASH    
2019 Top 3 Times 57.31 Cat Berry, Hamilton
  57.48 Morgan Hallow, Trinity
  57.48 Jenny Aguiar, Wesleyan
2018 Champion 56.22 Kate McCluskey, Middlebury
2017 Champion 56.64 Megan Powell, Williams
2016 Champion 56.30 Emily Doyle, Colby
800m DASH    
2019 Top 3 Times 2:11.87 Anna Passannante, Williams
  2:13.76 Cassidy Kearney, Middlebury
  2:14.79 Rhemi Toth, Tufts
2018 Champion 2:12.03 Danielle Griffin, Amherst
2017 Champion 2:12.68 Ayden Eickhoff, Bates
2016 Champion 2:11.12 # Lucy Lang, Middlebury
1,500m RUN    
2019 Top 3 Times 4:33.19 Anna Passannante, Williams
  4:33.81 Abigail Nadler, Middlebury
  4:35.21 Tasha Greene, Middlebury
2018 Champion 4:28.76 # Sarah Kelley, Bowdoin
2017 Champion 4:31.09 Anna Harleen, Williams
2016 Champion 4:29.73 Anna Harleen, Williams
2019 Top 3 Times 11:09.97 Emily Harris, Williams
  11:14.73 Kelsey Tierney, Tufts
  11:24.67 Tarvis  Hintlian, Connecticut College
2018 Champion 10:48.94 Victoria Kingham, Williams
2017 Champion 11:09.11 Catie Skinner, Middlebury
2016 Champion 10:32.16 Alanna McDonough, Colby
5,000m RUN    
2019 Top 3 Times 17:13.38 Christina Scartelli, Amherst
  17:22.29 Rory Kelly, Middlebury
  17:36.22 Audrey Rustad, Williams
2018 Champion 17:13.59 Brittany Bowman, Tufts
2017 Champion 17:25.70 Emma Zahner, Williams
2016 Champion 17:21.89 Abigail Nadler, Middlebury
10,000m RUN    
2019 Top 3 Times 35:52.45 Emma Hermann, Williams
  36:12.06 Kate MacCary, Middlebury
  36:32.33 Emily Harris, Williams
2018 Champion 35:38.21 Katherine Cook, Bates
2017 Champion 35:37.17 Brittany Bowman, Tufts
2016 Champion 36:18.22 Adrian Walsh, Middlebury
100m HURDLES    
2019 Top 3 Times 14.41 Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik, Colby
  14.46 Annalisa DeBari, Tufts
  14.63 Izabelle Ith, Williams
2018 Champion 14.33 # Annalisa DeBari, Tufts
2017 Champion 14.38 Alison Hill, Bates
2016 Champion 14.48 Marilyn Allen, Tufts
400m HURDLES    
2019 Top 3 Times 1:03.08 Caitlin Ubl, Williams
  1:03.70 Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik, Colby
  1:03.99 Sara Ory, Bowdoin
2018 Champion 1:01.36 # Sara Ory, Bowdoin
2017 Champion 1:03.05 Kayley McGonagle, Williams
2016 Champion 1:02.85 Allison Hill, Bates
4x100m RELAY    
2019 Top 3 Times 47.84 Williams
  48.26 Hamilton
  48.78 Middlebury
2018 Champion 47.83 #  Colby
2017 Champion 48.30 Bates
2016 Champion 47.92  Tufts
4x400m RELAY    
2019 Top 3 Times 3:51.59 Williams
  3:55.52 Middlebury
  3:57.05 Bowdoin
2018 Champion 3:54.44 Middlebury
2017 Champion 3:54.20 Williams
2016 Champion 3:58.63  Middlebury
 4x800m RELAY     
2019 Top 3 Times 9:40.00 Bowdoin
  9:52.08 Connecticut College
  9:52.70 Bates
2018 Champion 9:14.34 Colby
2017 Champion 9:21.85 Williams
2016 Champion 9:11.94 Bowdoin
2019 Top 3 Heights   1.75m Emma Egan, Williams
  1.65m Sharde Johnson, Colby
  1.63m Summer-Solstice Thomas, Williams
2018 Champion 1.69m Helene Hall, Williams
2017 Champion 1.73m Helene Hall, Williams
2016 Champion 1.68m Helene Hall, Williams
2019 Top 3 Distances 5.55m Alex Cook, Middlebury
  5.53m Izabelle Ith, Williams
  5.50m Emma Egan, Williams
2018 Champion 5.62m Izabelle Ith, Williams
2017 Champion 5.48m Candice Dyce, Williams
2016 Champion 5.64m Alexis Harrison, Tufts
2019 Top 3 Distances 11.49m Kene Odenigbo, Williams
  11.44m Lydia Pitts, Bowdoin
  11.41m Cailin Stollar, Williams
2018 Champion 11.48m Sierra Diaz, Williams
2017 Champion 11.82m Candice Dyce, Williams
2016 Champion 11.87m Sally Ceesay, Bates
2019 Top 3 Distances  43.24m Sophia Slovenski, Bowdoin
  42.25m Rebecca Gorman, Middlebury
  40.40m Devan Walsh, Trinity
2018 Champion 39.36m Aly Saperstein, Connecticut College
2017 Champion 41.92m Devon Player, Middlebury
2016 Champion 43.68m Carly Andersen, Middlebury
2019 Top 3 Distances 43.35m Emily Senatore, Connecticut College
  40.52m Koko Mensah, Connecticut College
  40.01m Peace Kabari, Trinity
2018 Champion 39.71m Emily Senatore, Connecticut College
2017 Champion 40.60m Pamela Zabala, Bowdoin
2016 Champion 41.58m Pamela Zabala, Bowdoin
2019 Top 3 Distances 14.40m Koko Mensah, Connecticut College
  14.25m Peace Kabari, Trinity
  12.42m Belinda Saint Louis, Bowdoin
2018 Champion 13.02m Peace Kabari, Trinity
2017 Champion 13.05m Koko Mensah, Connecticut College
2016 Champion 13.51m Kim Donaldson, Colby
2019 Top 3 Distances 50.98m Ivie Uzamere, Wesleyan
  47.40m Evelyn Drake, Tufts
  46.60m Emily Senatore, Connecticut College
2018 Champion 48.83m Evelyn Drake, Tufts
2017 Champion 53.21m Michaela Garrett, Colby
2016 Champion 48.35m Michaela Garrett, Colby
2019 Top 3 Heights  3.91m Kelsie Hao, Williams
  3.55m Maggie Murphy, Williams
  3.55m Kreager Taber, Middlebury
2018 Champion 3.70m Kelsie Hao, Williams
2017 Champion 3.55m Katie Loftus, Williams
2016 Champion 3.50m Kreager Taber, Middlebury

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