Track at nationals
Sophomore Dominique Kone and senior Danielle Sheppard did not disappoint in their season finales this past weekend at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Track and Field Championships in Columbus, Ohio.
In his preliminary sprint on Friday, March 11, Kone clocked a 6.34 in the 55-meter dash to win his heat and set a facility record at the Capital Center Track. Displacing former Mule and record-holder Lawaun Curry, Kone broke Colby’s 55-meter dash record as well. Sadly, Kone’s championship ambitions were cut short during his final sprint. Midway through the race, Kone pulled up short with a pulled hamstring and had to settle for eighth place. Although he was unable to gain a national championship, Kone’s performance still earned him a spot as an All-American. Additionally, his preliminary record of 6.34 seconds remains this season’s fastest NCAA Division III time.
In the high jump competition, Sheppard narrowly missed gaining All-American status as she tied for ninth place with a leap of 5’3¼”. Although Sheppard was unable to match her season-best 5’6” jump from the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships, her ninth-place finish was a positive conclusion to her outstanding season.
Kone and Sheppard look to carry their momentum into the upcoming outdoor track season, which begins with a spring break training trip to San Diego, Calif.