SPRINGFIELD, MASS. — The Southern Vermont College outdoor track and field team registered its first-ever appearances in the Division III New England Championship on Saturday afternoon at Springfield College .
In just its second year as a NCAA accredited program, SVC had two athletes compete in the tournament, sophomore Marc Brandmeyer and freshman Isaiah Backels.
Brandmeyer placed fifth overall in the men's 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of of 9:29.82, taking over 13 seconds off his previous team record to barely edge a Tufts University runner and take fifth place at the championship for All-New England honors.
Backels, on the other hand, had a tough day competing in the men's pole vault.
After sustaining a shoulder injury on a hard fall her took during his warm up, the freshman was unable to meet the marks set to earn a place finish.
"It's been a great experience for both athletes who were able to come here," said Mountaineer head coach Kathleen Newton. "I know that they were both really excited and that we, as coaches, were really excited to have them here. They both did really well."
Panthers compete at Lake George tournament.
LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. >> The Hoosick Falls softball team competed over the weekend in the Lake George tournament, splitting the two games they played in the tournament.
The Panthers started off the day with a tough 4-3 loss to Duanesburg, but were able to rebound and grab a 9-3 victory over Ticonderoga.
Senior Erika Quakenbush got the win on the mound for Hoosick Falls against Ticonderoga, striking out seven in her complete game performance.
Sophomore Stephanie Merwin had a team-high three hits in the win for the Panthers, while Alyssa and Mackenzie Ellis each collected 2 RBIs in the win as well.
Junior Sydney Miller added a RBI to the Panther win too.
Merwin had a hit and an RBI in the Panthers loss to Duanesburg.
In that same game, Alyssa Ellis gave up three hits and struck out six on the mound in a losing effort for Hoosick Falls.
The Panthers record now stands at 4-10 after splitting their two games in the tournament.
Hoosick Falls will be back on the diamond today when they host Stillwater at 4:15 p.m.