Muriel Schwinn '13 graduated last spring with a number of top finishes to her credit. Schwinn finished first in the women's 100-meter dash at the NYSCTC outdoor championships for the second straight year in 2011. Jaiven took third place in the women's pole vault at that same meet. Schwinn earned NESCAC all-conference honors for finishing third in the women's long jump at the 2010 championship meet, and holds the team record with a mark of 5.33 meters.
Hamilton boasts a number of conference and state champions, as well as a few All-Americans, in more than 30 years of women's outdoor track & field history. Long-distance runner Maggie Hanson '02 was the most successful of all the female student-athletes that have graced The Hill. Hanson earned five All-America awards for her performances at three NCAA Division III outdoor championships. She captured the honor for the women's 3,000 and 5,000 meters in 2000 and 2001, and for the women's 10,000 meters in 2002. The Continentals have placed in the team standings four times at the NCAA championships (1986 and 2000 to 2002). The best finish was a tie for 17th place in 2000 as Hanson was runner-up in the 5,000 and finished fifth in the 3,000.
Hanson is one of Hamilton's five NCAA individual champions since 2000. She won the women's 5,000 meters at the 2001 Division III indoor meet and racked up a total of nine All-America awards between cross country and track & field. She is simply the best female distance runner in school history. Two other outdoor track & field athletes earned All-America awards in 1986. Martha Perkins '86 accomplished the feat for the women's 10,000-meter run and Gail Campbell '86 did it for the women's javelin throw. Five others have qualified for the national championships since 2000, including Akilah Bond '09 for the women's triple jump in 2008. Amanda Chase '03 was a participant in 2002 (800 meters) and 2003 (1,500 meters). Ann Toth '02 qualified for the women's 5,000 meters in 2000. Jen Cammarano '03 (steeplechase) and Kate Nelson '06 (5,000 meters) also made the NCAA field.
Hamilton's track and field complex is named after Walter H. Pritchard '32, who was a great distance runner in the early 1930s. Pritchard finished second in the mile at the 1932 NCAA meet and went on to try out for the U.S. Olympic team. He made the team and competed at the Games in Los Angeles later that year. Pritchard was entered in the steeplechase and was one of four athletes that broke the existing Olympic record during the qualifying heats. He went on to finish in seventh place in the finals and to this day is one of just three Hamilton alumni that have represented the U.S. at the Olympics.
Academics are another priority for this program. Ten track & field student-athletes made the 2013 NESCAC Spring All-Academic Team. Each honoree has a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.35 and must have reached sophomore academic standing. The Continentals received Division III All-Academic Track & Field Team honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the second straight year.
In 2013, Schwinn and Agne Jakubauskaite '13 were elected to the Epsilon chapter of Phi Beta Kappa, which is the nation's oldest and most prestigious honor society. Jakubauskaite wrapped up last season by being selected to the 2013 Division III Academic All-America Team for women's track & field/cross country by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Jakubauskaite holds the program's indoor high jump record.