Track and Field Competes in Maine State Championships
It was a historic, record setting weekend for the men and women of the Colby track and field teams, as numerous individuals and the teams themselves turned in great results at their respective meets. Even under the shadow of the unexpected storm that brought snow to Maine in late April, forcing some of the events off of the track and into the field house, both teams completed their meets in fantastic fashion.
The men's team spent Saturday competing in the Maine State Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which took place on campus, in the Harold Alfond Stadium. Dominique Kone '13 led the way, earning two state titles for Colby, winning the long jump with a leap of just under 22 feet, and the 100-meter dash, in 11.08 seconds. He also narrowly missed out on a third state title, finishing in third place in the 200-meter dash, in 22.75 seconds. Ben Ossoff '10 brought another state title to Colby, winning the 800-meter in 1:55.91, in a thrilling finish with Ossoff beating second place by only two hundredths of a second. Meanwhile, Trent Wiseman '13 also won a state title, winning the pole vault with a jump of 15 feet 5 inches. This broke the Colby record of 15 feet 3 inches, set by Wiseman during the indoor track season, when he also won the state title. Co-captain David Lowe '11 had a great all around meet, with a second place in the triple jump, third place in the 400-meter hurdle, and sixth in the high jump. The other co-captain, Mike Bienkowski '10, finished fourth in the 5000-meter race. Harry Geldermann '13 finished fifth in the pole vault, John Gilboy '13 fifth in the shot put, Keith Love '13 sixth in the triple jump and the 110-meter hurdles, and Devon Rook '10 finished seventh in the long jump. Colby finished in fourth place in the meet overall, behind Bates College, the University of Southern Maine, and Bowdoin.
While the men were busy at Colby, the women traveled down the highway to Brunswick, competing in the Aloha Relays at Bowdoin College. The snowy weather may have gone completely against the sunny ideals implied in the meet's name, but that was not going to stop the women from earning glory for Colby. Emma Linhard '11 returned to her hometown of Brunswick, and led the way for the Colby women, winning the 800-meter run with a time of 2:19.46. She then ran the anchor leg for the 3200-meter relay team, comprised of herself, Katrina Gravel '10, Amanda Burgess '10 and Heather MacDonald '10. The relay team won that event, with a time of 9:49.68. Brittany Bell '13 had a great individual meet, finishing second in the 400 meters, third in the 200-meter dash and fourth in the long jump. Gravel added a second in the 1500-meter run, Cassi Knight '13 a second in the 5000-meter run, and Kelly Foster '12 a second in the discus. Amy Portobello '13 and Beth Bartley '10 earned third place finishes for Colby, in the 5000-meters and heptathlon respectively. Alyssa Corrigan '13 added a fourth place in the 400-meters, as did MacDonald in the 1500-meters, Tory Gray '11 in the javelin throw and Mandy Ivey '10 in the 5000-meters.
As the school year is winding down, the track and field season is still heating up, as the meets get more important from here on out. Up next for both the men and the women is the New England Small College Athletic Conference Championships, on Saturday. The meet is being hosted by Tufts University in Medford, Mass. Both teams will be looking to continue setting records while bringing conference titles back for Colby.