W. Indoor Track runs well

The Colby women’s indoor track team had several individual standouts last Saturday as they took on a multitude of opponents in the Valentine Invitational at Boston University. The strongest performer was Kim Donaldson ’16 in the shot put, as she took sixth out of a field of 56 on Sunday with a throw of 42 feet, seven inches. Michaela Garrett ’17 came in tenth in the weight throw after recording a 51 foot, three inch heave. Garrett also took 26th place in the shotput, throwing a distance of 36 feet and four inches. Michaela Athanasopoulos ’17 and Rachel Leonard ’19 finished 23rd and 42nd in the 500 meters, running times of 1:18 and 1:21, respectively. The action continued in the running events as Alanna McDonough ’16 finished 28th in the mile with a time of 4:53, and teammates Caitlin Lawlor ’18, Helen Chavy ’19, and Hannah Springhorn ’19 weren’t far behind as they recorded times of 5:05, 5:12, and 5:13. The distance medley relay team, comprised of Lawlor, Chavy, Springhorn, and Emily Tolman ’16, finished 22nd overall with a time of 12:25.

The sprinters had a good showing on Saturday as well, impressing crowds across a multitude of events. Emily Doyle ’16 placed 48th in the 400 meters and 105th in the 200 meters, recording times of 57.83 seconds and 26.30 seconds. Taylor Depalo ’19 and McKayla Blanch ’17 also competed in the 400, coming in 67th and 82nd place respectively. The 200-meter dash was a huge event at the meet, with 237 athletes competing. Sophie Stokes ’19, Athanasopoulos, Blanch, and Depalo came in 109th, 119th, 139th, and 141st in that event. Athletes Sara Friedland ’19 and Margaret Giles ’18 also performed well, with Friedland taking 54th place in the 60-yard dash with a time of 8.23 seconds, and Giles finishing in 117th place in the 800-meter dash with a time of 2:24.

The women look ahead to some big meets in the coming weeks. The team will travel to the New England Division III Championships this coming weekend, followed by the Open New England Championships the following weekend. Their season will conclude at the East Coast Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships on the weekend of March 4-6, hopefully followed by some individual Mules competing at the NCAA Division III Championships on the weekend of March 11.

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