Track and field teams place fourth and sixth at NESCAC Championships

As the spring season comes to an end, the men’s and women’s track and field teams travelled down to Bowdoin College to compete in the NESCAC Championship. Both teams had very respectable showings as the women took  fourth place and the men took sixth out of the 11 teams there. Despite the strong effort from both teams, Williams College won both meets.

The women’s team had a strong weekend, totaling 69.00 points, just a single point over Bowdoin. Michaela Garrett ’17 dominated the hammer throw with a throw distance of 53.21 meters, about eight meters past the second-place finisher. In both the 400 meter dash and the 5000 meter run, Colby took second-place, only one second behind the winner in the 400m and only five seconds behind in the 5000m. Overall, the women placed very well throughout the meet, especially considering the dominance of the Williams women, who racked up a total of 239.83 points, more than double the score of second place Bates.

The men also did quite well, finishing the meet with a total of 63.50 points, nearly doubling the points of the fifth place Amherst Mammoths (32.00). However, the Mules couldn’t keep up with Bates, who ended the meet with 102 points. Colby took first place in the 4×100 meter relay with a team of Roy Donnelly ’17, Brian Sommers ’17, Landon Summers ’17, and Marcques Houston ’18. Houston did well in several other events too. In the men’s 200 meter dash,  Houston finished in second place, only .02 seconds behind a Hamilton runner. Houston again placed very well in the 400 meter dash, taking fourth place. Some other notable finishes from Colby came in the 110 meter hurdles where Summers took third place, finishing less than .3 seconds behind the first-place runner. In the 400 Meter Hurdles Colby had a strong showing, taking both third and fourth place.

Although the Mules may have not won the meet, their strong finishes are indicative of the drive behind each individual on the team. A first-year on the team, Scott Kaplan, said that “Everyone stepped up when it mattered the most. Watching the Mules leave everything they had out on the track, running multiple races, was very inspiring. This team is a determined group that competes with the desire to win no matter what, and that certainly showed [this weekend].”

Next weekend, both teams will compete in the New England Division III Championship at Williams College. Those that place well enough will move on to the All-New England meet where all divisions compete. There, the Mules will try to qualify  for Nationals.