Four Mules qualify for NCAA’s

This past weekend, Colby Indoor Track travelled to Staten Island, New York for the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships. A number of individual athletes ran and jumped well on the men’s side, while the women were able to coalesce as a team and earn ninth overall.

While the men had limited performers at the meet, they still had a few solid standouts. Jamaal Grant ’16 took 12th place in the triple jump after a leap of 43 feet, one inch. This jump narrowly surpassed the finish from Adam Knapp-Wachsner ’19, who finished 15th with after jumping a distance a quarter inch short of 42 feet. The runners performed impressively too, with Brian Sommers ’17 taking 15th in the 200 meter dash after a blistering time of 22.57 seconds. Team running also found the spotlight, with the 1600 meter relay team finishing in 19th after a time of three minutes and 26 seconds.

On the women’s side, success came more easily for individuals and for the team. On the first day of competition, Kim Donaldson ’16 tossed the shot put just a quarter inch short of 43 feet and took third place. Jenna Athanasopoulos ’17 also showcased her all-around athletic abilities by placing second in the pentathlon. On the second day, relay teams took over the spotlight for Colby Women’s Indoor Track. The 1600 meter relay team took second place out of an 18-team field with a speedy time of three minutes, 52 seconds. The distance team also ran admirably as the squad took sixth in the distance medley relay. Colby performers earned top-ten performances all across the board, showcasing the depth of the team. Keltie Vance ’17 took eighth in the high-flying pole-vault, Rachael Leonard ’19 cracked the top-ten with a tenth place finish in the 500 meters, Isa Berzansky ’19 finished tied for sixth in the high jump, and Sophie Stokes ’19 earned a seventh-place finish in the 60 meter hurdles.

This weekend, four Mules will travel all the way to Grinnell, Iowa to battle in the NCAA Division III National Championships. Sommers will represent the men while Athanasopoulos, Emily Doyle ’16, and Alanna Mcdonough ’16 will compete for the women. These four athletes will look for individual and collegiate glory in the Midwest. 

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