Men’s Indoor Track: Hale, Sommers qualify for nationals

The Colby men’s indoor track team has been quite busy as of late.  On the weekend of February 27-28, the Mules traveled down to Boston University to compete at the Open New England Men’s Track and Field Championships.  Colby opened up the first day of competition on Friday, Feb. 27 with an early victory.

Jeff Hale ’15 came ready to run, as his time of 14 minutes, 25.81 seconds on his championship run of 25 laps in the 5,000-meter run proved fast enough to catapult him to be the New England Champion.  Hale was able to hold off Amherst’s Mohamed Hussein ’18 to secure the victory.  Fellow Mule Charlie Coffman ’15 finished in 14th with a time of 15:06.60.

Colby head coach Jared Beers said, “Jeff took over decidedly with two laps to go and there was no doubt at that point who was winning.”  Hale’s victory helped earn the Mules 10 points and placed Colby in sixth heading into Saturday’s competition.

In other action on Friday, Brian Sommers ’17 took fourth place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.42 to qualify for Saturday’s championship.  Tom Barry ’17 finished 13th in the 1,000-meters with a time of 2:33.17, as well.

Although Saturday did not crown another Mule New England champ, Colby did perform well.  Sommers finished in third place in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.19, just behind the runner-up, MIT’s William Lee (48.16).  Sommers’s victory gave Colby six points and helped the Mules finish 17th overall in a field of 33 schools.

Sommers also ran the anchor leg of the 1,600-meter relay.  Brett Sahlberg ’15, Will Hayes ’15, and James O’Donnell ’18 joined Sommers to finish with a time of 3:20.30.  This result was good enough to earn 12th place for Colby.

On Friday, March 6, several Colby runners participated in the Last Chance Meet at Tufts University.  The Last Chance Meet is the last opportunity for runners to qualify for NCAA Championships.  Landon Summers ’17 took home fourth place in the 60-meter hurdles.  Colby’s distance medley relay team—comprised of David Chelimo ’17, Sommers, Barry, and Hale—finished in eighth place with a time of 10:23.49.  Although Ethan Druskat ’16 qualified for the final in the 60-meter dash, he was unable to participate due to an injury.  The NCAA Indoor Men’s Track and Field Championships take place March 13 – 14 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

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