Men’s Cross Country places second at Maine States race

As the leaves begin to turn, the stallions of fall trot on, continuing their recent success with a second place finish at the State of Maine Championships. The Colby Men’s Cross Country team finished second out of 11 teams this past weekend. This near victory comes as no surprise, as the team has had immense success in the last month.
Beginning on September 12, the Mules took a substantial victory over Bates with a score of 62-48. The big win over their NESCAC rival propelled them into their next race on September 26. Colby sprinted to a huge victory at the Bowdoin Invitational, finishing first out of 11 competitors. Their victory sparked an impressive finish at the Paul Short Run at Lehigh University on October 10. Even without All American David Chelimo ’17, the Mules were able to glide to a tenth place finish down in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. One of the team’s strongest runners, Silas Eastman ’17, finished 24th out of 354 total runners. Eastman followed up his impressive performance at Lehigh with an even better display at the most recent State of Maine Championships on October 17. Eastman won the individual portion of the race, even though the team fell just short of edging out viable foe Bates.
As of October 2, the Colby Men’s Cross Country team found itself ranked 21st nation wide. Led by senior Andrew Estrada ’16 and a host of juniors including Chelimo, Eastman, and Griffin Gagnon ’17, the team has relied on older leadership to guide them through the season. Due to recent injuries, however, younger members of the team have had to step up. Sophomores Benard Kibet ’18 and Sam Sinkler ’18 consistently contribute to the team’s success. Kibet won the 8,000 meter race at the Bowdoin Invitational with a time of 26:19.9 and Sinkler won the first year/sophomore race with a time of 19:52 during the victory over Bates earlier this last month.
Sinkler commented on the team’s high expectations: “Although we didn’t get the team result we were hoping for, we showed a lot of promise for the final month of competition.” The Mules aspire to reach the top of the NESCAC and losing to rival Bates this past weekend made that more difficult. Still, Sinkler maintains that the team is optimistic about its potential success. “There is a lot of time left, so we are putting this past race behind us and looking forward to NESCACs on October 31,” he said. The Mules remain focused on finishing the season strong.
The Colby Men’s Cross Country team has a brief rest before their next race. The next two weeks will test the endurance of this determined squad as they prepare for the NESCAC championships on October 31 in Middletown, Connecticut. Should they do well enough to advance, team members may participate in the ECAC Championships in Williamstown, Massachusetts on November 7.

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