Matt Durst ’21 sprints in the Peterson Athletic complex last fall.

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Matt Durst ’21 sprints in the Peterson Athletic complex last fall.

Men’s Track & Field

Courtesy of Middlebury Athletics
Matt Durst ’21 sprints in the Peterson Athletic complex last fall.

Competition is fast-approaching for the men’s track and field team, with their first meet scheduled for May 1 against SUNY Potsdam and Union College. It will mark the first of three meets this spring, including a home meet against Hamilton on May 8 and an away meet at Williams on May 15. 

Covid-19 may have pushed back the track and field season, but it hasn’t put a damper on team morale. With a 53-person roster, the upperclassmen have tried to integrate all participants to the best of their ability. This extra time has also allowed for everyone to focus on the basics, making sure they will have a strong foundation to build from once the season begins. 

“We’re working on the fundamentals and trying to prepare underclassmen for a fruitful athletic career,” team co-captain Nathaniel Klein ’21 said. 

Zander Kessler ’22.5, a distance runner on the team, is thrilled to have a cemented schedule, but hopes there’s a way to avoid mask-wearing while racing.  

“It was very difficult to hear the decision that we will have to compete in a mask,” Kessler said. “We are hoping that some sort of rigorous testing protocol will allow for a system similar to professional sports leagues right now where you warm up in a mask and keep it on during other events but then get to take it off for just a few minutes for your event.” 

The men’s track and field team is coached by Martin Beatty ’84 who enters his 33rd year at Middlebury. Beatty, a seasoned coach, boasts four NCAA New England Regional Coach of the Year awards.