M. Track hosts Invitational

In their only home meet of the season, Men’s Track and Field took to the outdoors this past Saturday to host a multi-school competition at Alfond Track. Among the visiting opponents were the University of Southern Maine, Bates College, Massachusetts Insitute of Technology (MIT), and St. Joseph’s College.

Across two days of events, there emerged one clear winner, three tightly-packed teams, and one unfortunate St. Joseph’s squad kept nearly entirely off the scoreboard. After the final event, the decathalon, St. Joseph’s was planted firmly in last with 6.5 team points, a mere fraction of victorious MIT’s 218. The home team, too, handily bested the Monks with 114 points, but could not rise above fourth place.

Highlighting the Mule’s two-day efforts was the 400-meter victory by Brian Sommers ’17, the only first-place finish for the Mules at the Invitational. Sommers secured his victory with a time of 49.68. He also ran the 200-meter dash for third place in just under 23 seconds.

Another Colby sophomore, David Chelimo, raced to second in the 5,000-meter, falling behind only Allen Leung of MIT.

The Mules struggled to place athletes in the top positions in most single events, but managed a handful of third- to fifth-place finishes that helped the team to their eventual overall of fourth.

Andy Fullerton ’17 and Andrew Herwig ’16 represented Colby in the decathalon, the former finishing fifth, the latter claiming the Mules’ only other second prize at the Invitational.

For much of the decathalon, it looked as if Bates senior Eric Wainman would sweep the event. Wainman finished first in every competition of the decatathon until  Sunday’s second event. Then, in Discus Throw, Herwig broke Wainman’s hegemony with a 34.03-meter hurl. Herwig also stole first place in the final event of the decathalon, the 1,500-meter, with a four-second victory over Wainman.

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