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Homecoming at Catamount Open

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -
The University of Vermont men's track & field team won the Catamount Open with 78 points on Saturday afternoon, while the women placed second overall with 60 points. The Catamounts hosted Dartmouth, Plattsburgh State, and Williams in the quad-meet at the Frank H. Livak Track & Field Facility.

Colby Cunningham led the men's team in the field with a pair of event victories on the afternoon. The rookie won the high jump by clearing 1.95 meters and also claimed the long jump with a mark of 6.82. Elsewhere, Steve Chevalier took the hammer throw with a mark of 37.65 and Isaac de La Bruere was the winner of the javelin at 52.64. Tyler Parent won the discus convincingly with a distance of 40.00, while Varpilah Chase had the top mark in the triple jump (13.65). Ed Simon cleared a height of 4.25 in the pole vault to place second overall.

The Catamounts swept the top four spots in the women's javelin as Nika Ouellette captured the event with a throw of 45.02 meters. Charlotte Mintzer placed second overall in the hammer throw with a mark of 47.01, while Tess Ehrlich finished second in the pole vault after clearing a height of 3.04.

On the track, Yolanda Ngarambe (2:12.76) and Julie McGilpin (2:13.73) finished less than a second apart in the 800-meter to sweep the top two spots. Later in the day, Vermont swept the top four places in the 5000-meter with Alicia Clark (17:19.25) claiming the title.

Valerie Moyer ran a time of 11:19.42 in the 3000-meter steeplechase to win going away.
Ethan McBrien ran a time of 4:00.04 in the men's 1500-meter run to win the race. Ben Greenwald had the top time in the 400-meter dash with a mark of 50.19 seconds.

Aaron Anderstrom (9:57.85) and Erik Buser (9:57.93) had a photo finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase as they crossed the finish line just 0.08 seconds apart in first and second.

The Dartmouth women's track & field team won the Catamount Open. The Big Green finished first of four teams at the meet with 96 points, 36 better than the second-place Catamounts. Williams was third (37) and Plattsburgh State claimed fourth (9).

Freshman Elizabeth Markowitz took home the top spot in the 1500m with a 4:40.21 to earn the five points for her team. Senior Caroline Buck was second in the event, earning three points as she crossed in 4:46.88. Both times are new track records, eclipsing the old mark of 4:53.46 set last spring.

The top three spots in the 100m hurdles were all filled by Dartmouth runners with Erica Hendershot leading the way in 15.42. Lauren Ready (15.72) and Olivia Durr (15.65) finished second and third, respectively.

Big Green runners taking the top three spots was also the case in the 100m with Sara Kikut taking first in 12.51. Toni Aguiar (12.62) and Anna Kikut (12.75) rounded out the top three in the event.

Sara Kikut also claimed first in the 200m and led an incredibly strong Dartmouth showing in the event as four teammates immediately followed her track record 25.99. Her sister Anna was second (26.02) with Jennifer Meech (26.04) Mollie Gribbin (26.07) and Aguiar (26.46) rounding out an incredibly close field.

Megan Krumpoch took home the top spot in the 400m hurdles, leading the way in a track record 1:00.86. Ready was second in 1:09.19.

The pole vault saw Karla Verkouw set a new facility record as she cleared 3.49m to win the event. Stephanie Brown was third with a 3.04m.

Kaitlin Whitehorn dominated the field in the high jump, clearing 1.76m to set another facility record. No other competitor on this day posted a height better than 1.60m, two increments fewer than Whitehorn's new standard.

Gribbin won the long jump with a mark of 5.26m, a half-meter better than the second-place finisher. She also took the top spot in the triple jump with a distance of 10.97m, while Molly Shapiro was second in 10.59m.

The 4x100m and 4x400 relay teams also captured first-place showings on this day with the shorter distance group setting a new track record of 48.67.

The Catamounts return to action next weekend as they travel to Fairfax, Va. to compete in the Mason Spring Invitational. Dartmouth will be back in action next week as it travels to Brown on Saturday, April 13.

Courtesy: UVM and Dartmouth Athletic Departments

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