Weekend Recap: spring sports are finally here

Women’s Track and Field 

This weekend, Middlebury hosted a Division III women’s track and field meet. Colby took the 18th spot of the meet with some impressive individual results. In the 400 meter race, Annah Rossval `22 ran in 59.64 seconds and took 9th place. In the 800 meter race, Meghan Garrett `22 took 15th place. In the mile race, Meredith Griffin `22 ran in 5:18.69 minutes. Christina Speliakos `22 ran the 60 meter hurdles and took 8th place with a time of 9.41 seconds. One of the best results of this meet came from Sharde Johnson `22 placing second in the high jump competition. She jumped over a 1.75 meter high bar on her second try. Lily Matson `22 landed 16th in the triple jump with a 10.82 meter jump. 

In the relay races, the Mules also had a solid performance. In the 4×200 meter race run by Margaret Bannon `21, Katie-Marie Roy `23, Rossval, and Lottie Franck `23, Colby secured the 10th position. Finally, Colby took the 11th place in the distance medley race thanks to Olivia Cella `23, Charlotte Freniere `23, Elizabeth Marsh `22, and Catie Riley `21. The Mules are back at it this weekend at Tufts.

Men’s Track and Field

The Men’s track and field team had a little bit more trouble this weekend in Springfield, Massachusetts. Colby ended 23 out of 24. 

Starting out with the individual events, Robbie Graham `23 took home 12th place in the 1000 meter race with a time of 2:36.75.Tanner Burton `21 had the best performance of the weekend, arriving 5th in the 60 meter hurdle race in 8.35 seconds. 

The Mules were solid in relay races with Benjamin Smith `22, Rob Durst `20, Aidan Sweeny `22 and Cameron Labree `23 capturing the 15th place in the 4×400 meter with a time of 3:31.14. In the 4×800 meter race, Nick Peterson `22, Robert Dettman `20, Graham and Ben Mellor `22 ran in 8:15.75 and arrived in 10th place. Finally, the best relay race of the weekend came from Mellor, Smith, Nick Peterson `22 and Robert Dettman `20. They took home the 9th place in the distance medley relay with a time of 10:46.04. The Mules will battle this weekend at Tufts.

Women’s Lacrosse

It was the season opener for women’s lacrosse last Saturday against Tufts. Last year, they had a 9-7 record and were 5-5 within their conference. 

Despite the cold, over 250 fans showed up to cheer the team on. After last year’s loss against Tufts, Colby was trying to start the season off strong with a win. Unfortunately, after an early lead, the Mules ended up losing 19-5. Grace Langmuir `21 scored the first goal for Colby. Eliza Dean `22 also had a goal in the first half but the standout performance came from Annie Eddy `23 who scored a hat-trick in her first game for Colby. 

Although Tufts scored 19 goals, Mules goalkeeper Emily Podgorni `22 saved 12 shots from the Jumbos. 

Tufts did well to control possession and were able to make 44 shots compared to only 16 by Colby. Another factor leading to the Jumbos’ win was Colby’s 17 turnovers, compared to 11 by Tufts. Tufts’ top scorer Emily Games `21, scored five goals in the match. The Mules have a busy week ahead, with a game on Saturday against Williams and one on Sunday against Plymouth State. Both of these events are home, so go cheer them on! 

Men’s Lacrosse

Saturday was also the season opener for the men’s lacrosse team. Last year, the Mules had an 8-7 record with 201 total goals. 

This weekend, they played away at Tufts and lost 24-10. Despite the loss, the team showed great promise and talent against the reigning NESCAC champions. Matt Rocha `23 played 54 minutes and saved 14 shots, while Jack Rickards `22 scored four goals and CJ Hassan `20 scored 2 off 11 shots. 

Tufts had 48 ground balls while Colby only had 27 in addition to having 37 more shots. 

One positive takeaway from this match was that the Mules only had four more turnovers than Tufts. In addition, Colby’s keepers were able to save a total of 20 shots, compared to only 13 from Tufts. 

Throughout the game, we saw the depth of Tufts as 14 different players scored. Men’s lacrosse will be back at it this weekend at Williams.

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