Indoor track holds own at Valentines Classic
It was a big weekend for both the men's and women's indoor track teams, as each competed for the last time before the New England Division III Championships. Both teams sent athletes to Boston for the Valentine's Day Classic at Boston University. It was a huge meet; Colby was competing against many larger schools, such as Syracuse University, the University of Maine, and the University of Massachusetts. Even against such stiff competition, the Mules put up very good results.
On the men's side, Luke Doherty Munro '13 led the charge, finishing the 800-meter run in 52nd place with a time of 1:56.22. Teammate Ben Ossoff '10 finished 122nd with a time of 2:01.56. In the 400-meter run, Devon Rook finished 120th, in 51.71 seconds, while teammate James Bowe '11 finished a split second later, in 128th place, clocking in at 52.03 seconds. Both of these races were contested by dozens of schools and fields of nearly 200 runners who came from all over the east coast to take part.
The women's team was led by Cassi Knight. She finished 15th in the 5000-meter run, with a time of 17:52.21. Katrina Gravel '10 took 33rd in the 3000-meter, and Emma Linhard '11 took 34th in the 800-meters. The relay team of Heather MacDonald '10, Brittany Bell '13, Laura Duff '13, and Linhard took 16th place in the distance medley relay, and Danielle Sheppard '11, the lone competitor in the field events for the Colby women, took 16th in the high jump, leaping just over five feet.
Both teams will now be moving on to their championship seasons over the coming weeks. Up next is the New England Division III Championships, followed by the Open New England Championships, the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships, and finally the NCAA Division III Championships. The pressure is mounting and the excitement is building for the Mules' indoor track teams. Both teams are sure to continue delivering successful results in their quest to bring glory to Colby.