Indoor Track has strong showing

The indoor track season is a long, grueling affair and it has kept the Colby men’s and women’s teams extremely busy these past few weeks. Both teams have performed well, thanks in part to multiple standout individual performances on each side.

On February 19 and 20 the women’s team competed in the New England Division III Championships at Middlebury College. Jenna Athanasopoulos ’17 finished third in the pentathlon on Friday, getting the women off to a strong  start. With a total score of 3,229 points, Athanasopoulos came in second in the 60 hurdles, third in the shot put, fifth in the long jump, sixth in the 800 meters, and tied for sixth in the high jump. On Saturday Kim Donaldson ’16 and Michaela Garrett ’17 both finished second in throwing events at the competition. In the shot put, Donaldson threw 42 feet, eight inches, while her teammate threw 52 feet, two inches in the weight throw. Together, the two women accounted for 16 of the Mules’ 36 points. Out of 31 scoring teams, Colby finished in eighth place.

The women performed well in field events all around. Isa Berzansky ’19 finished third in the high jump with five feet, four inches, and Keltie Vance ’17 took fifth place in the pole vault, going ten feet, 12 inches. In the 3,000 meters, Taylor Kennedy ’18 made her best finish ever with 10:15 for fourth place. Overall, the women were satisfied with their performance, and are eager to travel to Boston this coming weekend to compete in the Open New England Championships.

The men’s team has also enjoyed recent successes. On Saturday, the Mules competed in the New England Division III Men’s Indoor Track and Field Championships at MIT. Andrew Herwig ’16 won the heptathlon at the competition, earning the designation of the best track and field athlete in the region. Over seven events, Herwig earned 4,524 points. He started out lower in the rankings, but big wins in the high-jump and 1,000 meters helped push him to the top spot. As a whole, the Colby men finished in 17 out of 26 teams, and will join the women at the  Open New England Championships this weekend.

Both teams look to keep their momentum going as they enter the final month of the indoor season before taking it back outside.

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