Weekend recap: cross country triumphs, volleyball and football fall

The Colby cross country teams travelled to Bowdoin on September 21st. The men’s cross country team was able to take home first place with an overall time of 2:13:20 in the 8000 meters. The Mules dominated the podium with Ewan Frick `22 landing fourth, Collins Kibet `22 third, Tyler Morris `23 second and with Eli Decker `20 winning the race. The dominant finishes by Colby placed them 39 points ahead of Bowdoin, who finished in second place with 60 points. The women’s team took 5th place in the 6000 meters with an overall time of 2:01:20. Leading the pack for Colby was Sophia Gorman `21 who had a great performance and finished with a time of 22:03.1 and landed in second place overall. Looking ahead, Colby will send a few runners to a JV meet this upcoming weekend before hosting a home invitational on October 5th. 

For the volleyball team, the weekend started out with Colby playing against Middleburry this past Friday. The Mules ended up losing in straight sets but scored at least 20 points in each of them. The second set was very contested but Middlebury rallied together to win 28-26. Natalie Simonton `22 led the offense with eight kills and a .400 kill percentage. Five players scored in double digits with 16 points coming from first year Morgan Selby `23. Saturday featured a home double header for the team against two more top ten regional teams, Colby vs Amherst (0-3) and Colby vs Endicott (0-3). Heading into the weekend, Amherst was ranked 9th overall in the regional poll and Endicott ranked sixth. Unfortunately, Colby volleyball was again beaten in straight sets in both of these matches. Women’s volleyball will play on the road next weekend against Bates.

The golf team participated in two separate events this past weekend. First up was the Williams Fall invitational which saw a field size of 25 teams. With some of the strongest teams in the northeast participating, Colby ended up taking 21st place, three strokes ahead of Bates College. On Sunday, the team entered into the U-Maine Farmington Invitational at the Waterville Country Club. Of the 45 participants, the golf team ended the day with respectable finishes from Jack Olson `21 (17th) and Quinn Doyle `22 (21st). 

September 21st, also marked the home opener for the mules football team against Amherst. Colby lost the game 24-10 giving them a 0-2 record. The first quarter started out well with a blocked field goal by Harrison Vedrani `21 and recovered by CJ Hassan `20. With 4:45 left in the first quarter, Chris George `20 scored a rushing touchdown to give the mules an early lead. In the second quarter, Amherst outscored Colby 16-0. However, the Mules blocked their second kick of the game during this quarter, highlighting strong defensive play. The team rebounded well, however, and scored a field goal in the third quarter while keeping the mammoths at 16 points. Unfortunately, Amherst finished the game in the fourth, scoring eight points, though Colby again blocked another field goal attempt bringing the total up to three blocked kicking attempts. The football team’s next game will be away at Hamilton (1-1).