Cross Country: Championship Season Continues
This weekend, Colby men's and women's cross country teams competed in yet another championoship, as both took part in the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Division III Championships. Although some of the top runners on both teams took the week off in order to rest up for next week's New England Division III Championships, both teams, with strong performances by many of the younger runners, turned in successful results.
The men were led by Luke Doherty Munro '13, who finished the eight-kilometer race in 27:52, good for 32nd place in a field of nearly 300 runners. He was followed by Matthieu Nadeau '12, John DeAscentis '11, Chris Darrah '10, John Williams '13, and Sam Grant '12, all of whom finished within 40 seconds of each other in just under half an hour, all in the top half of the field. The combined effort earned a team score of 526, good for 17th out of the 43 teams in the race, ahead of schools like Connecticut College and the United States Coast Guard Academy. Williams College won the overall race, with a score of 85.
For the women, the team was led by Emma Linhard '11, who finished the six-kilometer course in 23:42, 7th place in the field of 275 runners. Behind her were Nora McCall '11, Monica Davis '13, Jessica Mullaney '11, Robyn St. Laurent '12, and Morgan Lingar '13. All of them finished in the top half of the race. The team score of 226 earned the Mules 7th place out of 39 teams that took part in the race, which was won by Middlebury College, with a team score of 37. Colby beat teams like Tufts University and intrastate rival Bates College.
Up next for Colby cross country are the regional championships, where the teams and individuals will be competing for spots in nationals. As the pressure builds, we can expect continued success from the Colby runners.