It was another exciting weekend for the men's and women's indoor track teams, as their championship season continued with the Open New England Indoor Track and Field Championships. The meet was for runners from all over New England, including schools in Divisions I, II, and III, and the Colby athletes were not only competing against local rival schools like Bates and Bowdoin, but against national athletic powerhouses like the University of Connecticut, the University of New Hampshire, and the United States Coast Guard Academy.
The men's team sent two members to the meet. Trent Wiseman '13, who earlier this year set the Colby record in the pole vault en route to winning a state title, finished twelfth in the same event, and fifth out of all Division III competitors, with a jump of 14'9". Luke Doherty Munro '13 was the other member, running in the 800 meter race. He finished in 1:58.73, a fraction of a second slower than his time of 1:58.62 in the New England Division III meet. The time placed him at 28th in New England in the event.
The women's team competed very well on its way to a record setting day at the Open New England Meet. The women's distance medley relay team of Heather MacDonald '10, Brittany Bell '13, Laura Duff '13, and Emma Linhard '11 finished in 11:59.73, edging out the ten-year-old school record by nearly two seconds, and giving them a fourth place finish in the event. Meanwhile, Cassi Knight '10 and Katrina Gravel '10 both set personal bests in the individual 5000-meter run, finishing in fourth and fifth place respectively, with times of 17:38 and 17:41. Jordan Schoonover '10 took ninth in the pentathlon, and Danielle Sheppard '11 finished ninth in the high jump.
The season is now coming to a close for both indoor track teams; all that remains is this week's ECAC Championships and the following week's National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Championships. The qualifiers from Colby who might advance to the National Championship have yet to be determined, but Colby College will likely be represented, so make sure to show your support for the teams as they prepare to represent Colby on the national stage.