Track and Field: Winning Titles
A Colby College runner.
It was a big weekend for the men's and women's track and field teams, both of which traveled to Tufts University to compete in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Meet. Both teams rose to the occasion with some very positive results, including individual conference titles for several of their members.
The men's team was anchored by a league title-worthy performance by Dominique Kone '13, who finished first in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.03 seconds. He blew away his nearest competitor in the final, winning by almost a quarter second. On top of his conference title, Kone also recorded a third place finish in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.71 seconds and seventh in the long jump with a leap of 21 feet 7.5 inches. This impressive result came only a week after Kone won the Maine State Title in the 100-meter dash. Trent Wiseman '13, only a week after winning the state title in the pole vault'breaking his own Colby record in the process' finished in second place in the NESCAC meet with a leap of 14 feet 8.75 inches. David Lowe '11 took home third place in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 55.55 seconds. Ben Ossoff '10, a week after winning the state title in the 800-meter run, finished fifth in the NESCAC meet, with a time of 1:55.71. The Colby men finished with an overall score of 42.5 points, good for seventh place in the meet. Williams College emerged on top of the conference, with a final score of 188 points, followed by Tufts University, with 144.5.
In the women's meet, co-captain Katrina Gravel '10 led the way, winning the conference title in the 5000-meter run with a time of 17 minutes 59.55 seconds. Brittney Bell '13 finished second in the 400-meter dash, in 57.74 seconds, and seventh in the 200- meter dash, in 26.04 seconds. Kelly Foster '12 added a second place finish in the discus throw and eighth in the hammer throw. Emma Linhard '11 brought home third place in the 1500-meter run and fifth in the 800-meter run, while Danielle Sheppard '11 finished third in the high jump, despite leaping the same height as the winner. Sheppard had more misses at the championship height of 5 feet 5 inches and thus lost the title. Overall, the women's team totaled 69 points, good for sixth place. As in the men's meet, Williams emerged on top, with 167.5 points, followed by Tufts.
Up next, the Colby track and field teams will be taking part in the New England Division III Track and Field Championships. After doing well representing the team and the school on the state and conference level, they will be looking to continue that success on the regional level, and hopefully on the national level in the NCAA Championship meet in a few weeks.