Men’s Cross Country takes 16th, Women 18th, in Westfield Meet

As the leaves turned their fall colors and the weather began to cool the Colby men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled down to Westfield State University in Western Massachusetts to compete in the annual Westfield State meet. Team captain Katie Metayer ’17 said the team travelled to the meet primarily “to preview the course, because that’s where the Division III regional cross country meet will be in November.”

On the men’s side, the Mules were looking to do some damage in a large meet that featured 432 runners. Tommy Griffith ’18 ran well and was able to produce a 52nd place finish for Colby with a time of 27:02.06. Eli Tukel ’19 wasn’t far behind, finishing 92nd with a time of 27:44.36. Rob Campbell ’18 finished in 101st place close behind Tukel with a time of 27:49.61. The Mules were putting in a solid performance as all nine runners finished inside the top 200. Abe Pineda ’20 finished 124th with a time of 28:06.75. Not far behind was Robert Dettmann ’20 who finished 143rd and clocked in at 28.23.15. Rounding out the Mules participants were: Jake Lester ’18, Sam Crimmins ’17 Liam McDonough ’20, and Alan Ottenstein ’17 who finished 163rd, 175th, 182nd, and 199th respectively.

The women’s 5k featured seven Colby athletes in the field of 459 runners. Amy LoTemplio  ’19 finished 106th with a time of 24:54.98, leading the pack for the Mules. Colby ended up placing 18th out the 41 teams who participated in Saturday’s meet. A big pack of Mules finished in the top half of the field with Mahal Alvarez-Backus ’19, Sonia Tremblay ’20, and Rebecca Berube ’20 trailing LoTemplio placing 111th, 113th, and 116th respectively. Alvarez-Backus, Tremblay, and Berube produced good times as all of them clocked in at the 25 minute mark or below. Bringing up the rear of the Mules’ strong back were Sarah Fernandez ’19 who finished in 260th place with a time of 26:41.23, and Maggie Hojlo ’17 who finished 292nd with a time of 27:09.12.

Metayer did not race on Saturday due to injury, but she spoke about the team’s overall performance after the meet and looked ahead to future races on the schedule, and reflected on her team’s showing over the weekend, saying, “We had a great showing on Saturday.” Going on to talk about her team’s prepation for DIII regionals, she said,
“Some of the team did a workout on the course to become more familiar with the ins and outs, while the rest of the team executed a race model and competed in the invitational.”

Both teams will travel to St. Joseph’s College this coming Saturday for the Maine State Championships before competing at home on October 29 when Colby hosts the NESCAC Championships.

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