Indoor Track breaks three school records in Boston meet

On February 26, the Colby Indoor track teams trotted down to the Open New England Championships at Boston University. In the Terrier field house, the Mules outpaced a triplet of school records.

The men’s 1600-meter relay raced by Landon Summers ’17, Pedro Caballero ’17, Brian Sommers ’17 and Nick Boutin ’19 shattered Colby’s 17-year-old monument (3:19.71) with a time of 3:18.65. Sommers continued to find success on a warm day, placing sixth overall in the 200 dash (21.88). Caballero galloped to a respectable 13th finish in the 500-meter dash (1:06.17) and Colby’s 3200 relay placed 16th (7:58.92). Even with record-breaking runs, Colby failed to keep up with the multiple non-division III programs that proved to be more challenging than Colby’s alumni. Colby finished in 34th out of 36 with a total of four points. The University of Rhode Island ravaged the competition, scoring a staggering 126 points while the University of New Hampshire placed second with 45.

The women’s track team followed the same narrative, finishing in 25th place with 5.75 points. This finish failed to highlight the individual and team success. Emily Doyle ’16, Colby’s fifth person to break a school record that day, dashed to ninth in the 400 meter with a time of 56.52 seconds, beating her old time (57.42). Keltie Vance ’17 lept over Colbys now shattered record of 11 feet, six inches in the pole vault and landed in tenth overall with a jump of 11 feet, ten inches. Isa Berzansky bounded to a sixth place tie in long jump (five feet, three inches) and the 1600-meter squadron squeaked past the University of Maine by four one hundredths of a second (3:52.463) to place above all other Maine schools.

Despite the poor competition rankings, clear growth and improvement was evident. The Mules will travel down to Staten Island, NY this weekend to compete in the ECAC (Eastern College Athletic Conference) Division III Championships. With the NESCAC championships the following week, the Mules are breaking school records at the perfect time as they try to close the season out with big wins and perhaps NESCAC records.

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