With one meet left, Vt. track and field still running strong

Vermont track and field has displayed success so far during this year’s indoor season, as they will participate in the final regular season meet on Feb. 11 against New Hampshire. The women’s team has looked especially impressive; earning two first place and two third place finishes in the first four meets of the season. The men have secured a first, third and 12th place finish, while tying Middlebury in their duel meet. Junior Julie McGilpin has led the women’s squad, setting a new record in the 500-meter run at 1:16.55 on Jan. 20, and has run to first place finishes in every meet so far this season. McGilpin sits in second place on the America East season leaderboards in the 500-meter and 800-meter races and sixth overall in the 1,000-meter race. In an impressive showing at the quad meet in Dartmouth, McGilpin met ECAC’s qualifying standards for her performance in the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:54.47. This gives her the opportunity to compete in the ECAC Championships on March 3 and 4. Also meeting standards was the women’s 4×800 relay team. On the men’s side, senior captain Chris Lemieux is looking strong, marking his best jump of the season at 2.01 meters during the Dartmouth quad meet — a jump good enough for third place on America East’s season record board. The Cats have an important meet against New Hampshire, as they look to gain more prominence for the upcoming America East Championships on Feb. 17 and 18. They will then hope to advance to the New England Championships, all while making attempts at personal advancement into the ECAC Championships in March. Any remaining elite contenders will then get the chance to compete in the NCAA Championships on March 9 and 10. The slightly longer outdoor season is set to start on March 24 with a meet at Northeastern. The season comes also with the highly anticipated use of the new outdoor track complex.