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SVC freshman Isaiah Backels competes in the pole vault. In his first collegiate attempt at the event, Backels scored the overall victory for the Mountaineers.

FITCHBURG, MASS. >>The Southern Vermont College outdoor track and field team saw a tremendous amount of success Saturday at Fitchburg State's Jim Sheehan Memorial with the Mountaineers seeing a slew of individual and program bests in their second meet of the season.

Of the 17 SVC results, 11 went for new personal records while five were good enough to set top school marks. Two of those program bests surpassed previous records while the other three were from the first-ever participation by a Mountaineer in the respective discipline.

Additionally, Southern Vermont saw seven of its student-athletes have top-15 placements including freshman Isaiah Backels, who won the pole vault to register the team's first-ever individual victory in a field event.

Backels launched himself over the bar set at 3.80 meters to beat out the rest of the field by 0.15 meters, setting a new SVC program record by being the first Mountaineer to compete in the pole vault.

Sophomore Patrick McGovern completed the men's 200 meter dash in a time of 23.99 seconds, placing fourth overall with a mark that topped the previous Southern Vermont record by .78 seconds. Backels also participated in the sprint, coming just 0.05 seconds behind his personal best that he set a week earlier.

Sophomore shot putter Danielle Simmons had a long of 9.03 meters, surpassing her own previous SVC record by 0.4 meters to place ninth overall. Classmate Tanisha Wright also bested her old personal mark in the event, throwing the shot 6.47 meters to set a new PR.


Bennington College sophomore Annika Kristiansen turned in the first-ever Southern Vermont entry in the women's 10,000 meters, placing sixth overall with a time of 42:46.94.

SVC freshman Morgan Arleth became the first Mountaineer to run the women's 200 meter dash, setting the school record at 33.76 seconds. She was followed in the same heat by junior teammate Victoria Cotter, in her first collegiate event, setting a personal best in the sprint with a mark of 36.97 seconds.

Junior captain Shelby Whitman led Southern Vermont in the women's 800 meter run, coming in with a time of 2:43.9, while. Arleth took to the track in the second heat of the run, finishing at 3:04.75. Whitman also competed in the women's 1,500, placing 11th overall in 5:25.02.

Senior captain Cameron Michael Curtiss set a pair of personal records on Saturday, in the men's 800 meters as he finished at 14th overall with a time of 2:12.69, 0.41 seconds faster than his previous best. He also completed the men's 1,500 meters at 4:30.79, more than three seconds better than his past PR.

Junior Aden Fischer and Alexander Ging also both competed in the men's 800 and 1500 meter runs. Fischer crossed the line in the 800 with a 2:17.84 showing, and finished the 1500 at 4:49.19. Ging's 800 was his first time in the event, setting his personal bar at a mark of 2:26.39 while he completed the 1500 at 5:02.02.

SVC is back in action next Saturday, April 9 at the Smith College Invitational in Northampton, Mass.

SVC lax scores first win

NASHUA, N.H. >> Southern Vermont College picked up its first win of the 2016 season Saturday at Eagle Field, defeating hosting Daniel Webster College 12-9 in New England Collegiate Conference women's lacrosse action.

SVC (1-4, 1-1 NECC) led the whole way, taking a 7-4 upper hand into the halftime intermission before keeping Daniel Webster (1-6, 0-2 NECC) from surging back in the final 30 minutes for the Mountaineers to walk out with the league victory.

Mountaineer junior captain Mel Orrell netted a team-best four goals on the day, adding three ground balls, two draw controls and a caused turnover to her line. Classmate and fellow captain Emily Lesure tallied a hat-trick to go along with her two ground balls and game-leading four draw controls while junior captain Lauren Nesshoever had two goals, two assists, two ground balls and two draw controls in the win. Additionally, sophomore rookie Paige Vitale registered an assist and her first collegiate goal for SVC.

Sophomore keeper Kelsey Carrera made nine saves in picking up the win in goal (1-3) as her freshman counterpart Madison Wood turned away eight Southern Vermont shots in the defeat (1-6) between the pipes.

The Eagles were led offensively by sophomore Amanda Dargie who recorded a game-high six goals on the afternoon.

Daniel Webster won the turnover battle by a 30-24 margin and scooped up 30 ground balls to the Mountaineers' 20, but SVC doubled up DWC's draw controls with a 16-8 tally. Both teams had 13 successful clears on the day and each scored a pair of free-position shots.

Nesshoever wasted little time in getting Southern Vermont on the board first in the wet, rainy conditions, notching the game's opening goal just 32 seconds into the match for her seventh of the season. Orrell would then tally her first of the afternoon on an unassisted score before Dargie cut into the deficit with a goal at the 21:34 mark of the first half.

SVC seized the momentum at that point, however, rallying off four unanswered to go in front 6-1. Lesure got that spurt started with a free-position attempt before Vitale fed Orrell midway through the period. Southern Vermont sophomore Natalie Rose Canterbury (New Hartford, Conn.) got her season's first goal to go as she beat the DWC keeper on a free-position shot at the left edge, and Orrell then found the back of the net to cap the run with 10:25 go to in the stanza.

The Eagles refused to go quietly, chipping away at the SVC lead with three straight of their own. Dargie registered two goals to sandwich one on a free-position attempt by junior Madeline Roulier (Pittsfield, Mass.) to make it a 6-4 affair just north of the 2:00 mark. With a pair of Mountaineers in the penalty area, Nesshoever slotted her second of the half with 27 ticks to go for Southern Vermont to take a 7-4 advantage into the break.

Southern Vermont is right back in action on Sunday, continuing its road trip with a 1 p.m. non-conference contest at Johnson State College.