Four Mules crowned NESCAC Track Champions

Colby’s most talented track and field athletes left their mark on the NESCAC championships last  weekend at Amherst College. Brian Sommers ’17 led the men’s team to seventh place while Alanna McDonough ’16, Emily Doyle ’16, Michaela Garrett ’17 and Kim Donaldson ’16 propelled the women to a fifth place finish.

While the men came close to the top of the podium in multiple events, four Colby women claimed NESCAC individual titles. All-American McDonough won her third straight league title in the 3000-meter steeplechase in dominating fashion. She took the lead immediately and never looked back, setting a new school record of 10:32 minutes. Doyle broke her own school record in the 400-meters in a thrilling battle that saw her time of 56.30 seconds give her the win by less than half a second. Her third place finish in the 200-meters also picked up six points for the Mules.

Garrett showed her versatility in the field by scoring in three different events. She won the hammer throw by more than ten feet and went on to place sixth in shot put and eighth in discus. Donaldson had already enjoyed an excellent first season on the track team but capped off her campaign with a comprehensive victory in the shot put. Her toss of 44 feet, four inches blew away the rest of the field, who could only manage 39 feet, two inches. Other Colby scorers included Julia Rembetsy-Brown ’18, (third in the long jump), Jenna Athanasopoulos ’17 (fourth in the 100-meter hurdles) and Sophie Stokes ’19 (fifth in the 400-meter hurdles).

Sommers had been outstanding in the 400-meters all season, entering the league meet as the event’s top seed. In a race that was close from start to finish, Sommers came in second with a time of 48.34 seconds, just two hundredths of a second behind the winner. But he was not done. The 400-meter relay team of Sommers, Roy Donnelly ’17, Landon Summers ’17 and Nick Boutin ’19 also finished second, clocking in at 42.09 seconds. Summers, Pedro Caballero ’17, Marques Houston ’18 and Sommers took fifth in the 1600-meters.

Summers continued his own impressive performance by finishing fifth in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.33 seconds. Houston came in seventh in the 200-meter dash. On the field, Andy Fullerton ’17 took eighth in the long jump, and Billy Parker ’16 came in eighth in the hammer throw to round out the Mules’ scorers for the day.

The Mules’ impressive showing this past weekend means a select few will continue their seasons at the New England Division III Championships this Thursday and Friday, May 5 and May 6, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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