Track wins big at Colby meet

This past Saturday, Colby College  Track and Field hosted local Maine schools Thomas College, Husson University, University of Maine at Farmington, Maine Maritime Academy and others at the Colby Open Invitational. The meet was successful for large numbers of Colby student athletes, with 14 winners on the men’s side and 17 on the women’s side in the outdoor season’s lone home meet.

Although the meet was non-scoring, individuals from nearly every event put on a show for the Colby crowd. Brian Sommers ’17 continued his stupendous season with a victory in the 400 meter dash (48.74), beating out teammate Marques Houston ’18. Houston would find his win in the triple jump with a distance of 42 feet, four inches.  Will Wisener ’18 pole vaulted above the rest for a winning height of 13 feet, five inches.

The men’s throwers also put in a strong performance, taking home wins in the discus, hammer, and javelin throws. The runners refused to be the weak link of the team, as wins from Pedro Caballero ’17 in the 800 meter, and Chase Brown ’16 in the 5,000 meter led the Mule charge of wins. Hurdlers brought home victories in the 110, 400, and 1,500 meter races as well. The Mules dominated relays as well. Colby Outdoor Track impressed at home, and the women were not an exception to that.

Of the 17 Colby women who won, three were jumpers, three were throwers, two were relay teams, and the rest were runners. Two-time NESCAC steeplechase champion and All-American Alanna McDonough ’16 took home the victory in her usual event. The Athanasopulos sisters, Jenna ‘17 and Michaela ’17 continued their strong seasons in the 100 meter hurdles and 400 meter hurdles, respectively. Kim Donaldson ’17 also performed well in the shot put with a throw of 43 feet, 11 inches. Isa Berzansky ’19 high jumped five feet, five inches on a day when no other jumper leaped over five feet to take home the easy win. The 1,600 meter and 400 meter relay teams also emerged victorious as well. In a long outdoor track season, the Mules started off with great individual and team momentum as invitational and championship season starts to heat up.

There is a long list of winners representing the Colby men’s and women’s outdoor track team, who look ahead towards the outdoor season and subsequent NESCAC championships in the coming weeks.