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Friday, Sep 29, 2023

Women’s track 4x100-meter relay team continues to break its own school record

The women’s track and field team has enjoyed a stellar season so far, claiming their first NESCAC title since 2000 and setting numerous school and league records. While there have been many record-setters this spring, one standout group is the 4x100-meter relay quartet of Cady Barns ’22.5, Eva Kaiden ’23, Michelle Louie ’24 and Joely Virzi ’24.

On Saturday, April 30, the four Panthers broke their own school record at the NESCAC Championships with a time of 48.53 seconds. It was the third time this group broke the 4x100 relay school record this spring.

The four ran their best race of the season at a crucial time, securing valuable points to help the team claim its third NESCAC Championship title in program history. 

“The points matter and we wanted to place as high as possible,” Louie told The Campus. “But it was a great bonus to break the record again.”

In addition to rostering incredible athletes, the track and field team boasts an impressive coaching staff, headed by Martin Beatty ’84, who claimed the NESCAC Coaching Staff of the Year award. The quartet of sprinters was full of praise for their coaches. 

“Our coaching staff is a wonderful group,” Louie said. “They want us to do our best, but also be the best people we can.”

The team is also very tight-knit, driving their success.

“We all really care about each other,” Virzi said. “We love to see our teammates at practice, which brings us all closer.”