Indoor Track puts up personal best times at New England Championship

Colby’s indoor track teams put up multiple season-best times at the Division III New England Indoor Track and Field Championship this past weekend. The women took 13th at their meet at MIT and the men took 21st at Tufts. These meets had very strong competition, as Colby had to compete against the best DIII track teams from all over New England and all but one NESCAC school.

The women’s team was led by a dominant performance in the weight throw by Michaela Garrett ’17, who won the event with a throw of 18.20 meters. That throw broke her already impressive school record by more than two feet. Garrett also took 20th in the shot put with a throw of 10.72 meters. Strong performances by Jenna Athanasopoulos ’17, who took fourth in the pentathlon, and Isa Berzansky ’19, whose 1.61 meter high jump was good for seventh place, rounded out the Mules’ score. Athanasopoulos also finished second in the 60 meter hurdles. The 4000 meter distance medley team of Brit Biddle ’19, Rebecca Berube ’20, Mahal Alvarez-Backus ’19, and Michaela Morris ’19 turned in a season best time of 12:56.53, and the 4×800 meter team ran a solid 9:53.92. Two freshman, Berube and Lydia Fanning ’20, also ran in the 800 meter run, finishing with times of 2:29.06 and 2:22.55, respectively. Although the Mules benefitted from strong senior leadership, especially by Garrett and Athanasopoulos, the younger athletes showed that the team has a bright future.

On the men’s side the younger team members dominated. James Gibson ’20 scored seven of the Mules points on Saturday by taking fifth in the long jump with a jump of 6.75 meters and sixth in the triple jump where he jumped a season best 13.62 meters. Gibson had the best jumps for a first-year in both events, and as he continues his career at Colby, expect to see him challenge for first in both events at any meet he competes in. Andy Fullerton ’17 also competed in the long jump with a jump of 6.27 meters. Another Mule set a season best when Keith Barnatchez ’18 ran a 2:35.02 in the 1000 meter run to take 14th place. The young 4×800 meter team of Liam McDonough ’20, Arthur Cassidy ’19, Dominic Giardini ’20, and Scott Kaplan ’20 also set a season best with a time of 8:08.92, good for an 11th place finish. The Mules performance was rounded out by Eli Decker ’20, who ran a 4:23.64 in the mile. The team competing Saturday was heavily reliant on its first-year core, who showed great promise to place in scoring positions in coming years.

Next Friday and Saturday both the men’s and women’s teams will be traveling to Boston to take part in the Open New England Championships as the end of the indoor season approaches.

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