Sommers ’17 helps Mules

This past weekend, a handful of Mules travelled down to Cambridge, Mass. to participate in the Open New England Men’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. At the end of the weekend, Brian Sommers ’17 continued his dominance of the 400-meter dash as he brought home first place at the championship. Because runners from all divisions compete in the Open New England Championship, Sommers can now call himself the fastest 400-meter runner in New England. Just two weeks before, the sophomore also captured the NESCAC 400 meter title.

The race was a thriller with no clear favorite going in. Sommers finished with a winning time of 48.23, while runner-up William Lee of MIT finished just behind with a time of 48.25. Isaiah Penn of the University of New Hampshire placed third, sporting a time of 48.27 while University of Rhode Island’s Marlon Montague was barely knocked off the podium with his time of 48.29.

“Brian was a bit behind but closed better than anybody over the last 150 meters,” Head Coach Jared Beers said. “The last 30 meters was crazy with so many people neck-and-neck.”

As for the other Colby runners, David Chelimo ’17 finished 11th overall in the 1,500-meter race with his time of 3:51.29.  Chelimo was first among all Division III runners as he narrowly edged out John Stansel of Bates.  The 1,600-meter relay team of Brett Sahlberg ’15, Pedro Caballero ’17, Will Hayes ’15 and Sommers also finished 11th overall with a time of 3:19.97.  Colby received yet another 11th place finish when the 3,200-meter relay squad of Chelimo, Griffin Gagnon ’17, Andy Martinez ’15 and Noel Feeney ’18 finished with a time of 7:46.28.  Stefan Sandreuter ’16 ran in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and finished with a time of 9:54.98, which was good enough for 20th place.

In addition, the 10 points that Sommers earned for his victory was enough to garner a respectable 24th place finish for Colby out of the 37 schools who scored at the meet.Sports2

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