Track and field shatter two school records at meet

Multiple school records fell this past weekend as Colby’s indoor track teams competed in the NEICAAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. Facing off against teams of all divisions from all over New England, the women’s team took tenth out of a field of 34 teams while the men’s team placed 12th out of 32. Out of the DIII schools competing, Colby’s women’s team took third and the men’s team took fourth.

Caitlin Lawlor ’18 broke a 27-year-old school record in the 3,000 meter run as she took second place. The previous school record was a 10:05.24, which Lawlor beat by over 17 seconds when she ran a 9:47.73. Jenna Athanasopoulos ’17 also came very close to breaking the school record in the pentathlon with a score of 3,336, just two points shy of the record 3,338. She had a very strong all-around performance in the pentathlon, placing second in the 60 meter hurdles, fourth in the shot put, fifth in the high jump, and sixth in the 800 meter run and the long jump. This performance put her in third place overall. Michaela Garrett ’17 and Hannah Springhorn ’19 also placed third in the weight throw and the mile, respectively. Garrett threw a 55-9, while Springhorn finished behind two seniors with a time of 4:55.49. Taylor DePalo ’19 had the final individual scoring performance for the Mules with a time of 57.91 in the 400, which gave her sixth place. The women’s relays also had a very successful meet. The 4×400 team of Rachel Leonard ’19, Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik ’19, Michaela Athanasopoulos ’17, and DePalo ran a 3:53.63 to finish in fifth place, and the 4×800 team of Mahal Alvarez-Backus ’19, Lydia Fanning ’20, Margaret Giles ’18, and Brit Biddle ’19 finished sixth with a time of 9:24.00.

In the men’s meet, Landon Summers ’17 broke a school record this past weekend in the 60 meter hurdles. He had  an 8.49 second run, beating his previous record of 8.51, to take 13th place. David Chelimo ’17 finished second overall and first among DIII runners in the 5,000 with a blistering 14:45.77. Noel Feeney ’18 also competed in the 5,000 meter, and ran a 15:41.68.

Brian Sommers ’17 took third place in the 400 meter dash with a time of 49.18. The top three in this event were very close, and the 48.93 that Sommers ran in prelims would have pushed him up to second place. James Gibson ’20 continued his very successful first season with a jump of 21-11.75 in the long jump, good enough for seventh place. All those who placed above him were either juniors or seniors. Gibson also competed in the triple jump, where he leapt 43-4.25. A series of strong individual performances was rounded out by Griffin Gagnon year, who took eighth in the mile with a time of 4:16.39. The 4×400 and 4×800 teams also competed, with the 4×400 team running a 3:23.57 for 13th place and the 4×800 team running a 7:57.91 for tenth place.

The Colby indoor track teams will travel to Tufts next weekend for their last meet before the NCAA Division III championships mark the end of the indoor season.

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