Indoor Track and Field teams rack up first place finishes in Maine Championships

Colby’s indoor track and field teams left the Maine State Championship meet this weekend with their heads held high after boasting multiple personal records and impressive victories. Thrower Michaela Garrett ’17 easily surpassed the school record with an incredible throw of 57 feet, five inches. This was Garrett’s third record-breaking throw this season. Colby’s big day continued with its relay teams who were the first to cross the finish line in the 4X200, 4X400 and 4X800 relays, which was good enough for a clean sweep of every relay event of the day. In an extremely tight 4X800 relay race, the women finished with a time of 9:51.70, just sneaking ahead of Bates by thirteen hundredths of a second. Rachel Leonard ’19, Michaela Athanasopoulos ’17, Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik ’19, and Taylor DePalo ’19 outpaced the competition in both the 4X200 and the 4X400. Finally, bringing home the championship in the high jump, Isa Berzansky ’19 cleared the five-foot, 1.75-inch mark for first place. Other notable finishes were DePalo placing second in the 200-yard dash, Margaret Giles ’18 placing second in the 600-meter run only .6 seconds away from the top spot, and Brit Biddle ’19 who fell .09 seconds short of first place in the 1000-meter. After a hard fought and highly competitive day, Colby (139 points) placed fourth behind Bates (215.5), The University of Southern Maine (155.5) and Bowdoin who finished with 147.5 points only 8.5 points ahead of the Mules.

The men took home three first place finishes after a positive meet in Brunswick. Headlined by senior distance runner David Chelimo’s time of 14 minutes and 50.91 seconds in the men’s 5,000-meter, and fellow senior Brian Sommers’ first place finish in the 200m (22.42 seconds); Colby relied on senior leadership in the running events. It was new blood, however, in the long jump as James Gibson ’20 leapt into first place with a jump totaling 6.87 meters; 0.13 meters clear of second place. Gibson will be someone to keep an eye on after starting his college career one for one in state championship meets, and looking promising heading into the late regular season and post season. Gibson wasn’t the only freshman making a statement on Saturday, as the men’s 4X800 relay team (8:12.84) comprised of three freshman came in third place, only seven seconds off of the first place time.  Arthur Cassidy ’19, accompanied by Scott Kaplan ’20, Eli Decker ’20, and Dominic Giardini ’20, will lead the young relay team for the next few seasons. When asked about the team’s future, Kaplan said “we have a great group of young guys who all want to win, so we will be improving as much as possible for the outdoor season, and are excited for the next few years together as a team.” These four will be exciting to watch as a team relay, and in their individual events. The mules finished third overall behind Bates (185) and Bowdoin (176) with 105 points on the day. Both teams will be looking to continue their success moving into the postseason over the next month.

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