Track and Field stars run away with school records at NESCAC Championships weekend

Colby Echo (John Steenrod)

Courtesy of Colby Athletics

This past Saturday was a dark day for Colby’s previous school records as the Mules took to the track in the NESCAC Championships at Trinity College. Coming off of strong showings at the Princeton Invitational and the Maine State Championships, the Mules showed up to Trinity ready to go. A total of four school records fell on the day, and Colby returned as NESCAC champions in four events.

This weekend was an extremely strong performance from the whole team, but especially from the junior class. Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik ’19 led the charge for the Mules, breaking school records in both the 200 meter dash and the 100 meter hurdles, as well as running the third leg in Colby’s NESCAC champion 4x100 meter relay. The relay, which also included Julia Rembetsy-Brown ’18, Taylor DePalo ’19 and Sara Friedland ’19, won with a time of 47.83. Although Stokes Cerkvenik was able to set new school records in the 200 and the 100 hurdles, she narrowly took second in both events. In the 200, she was edged by just .02 seconds by Hamilton’s Catherine Berry, and in the 100 hurdles she only lost by .04 seconds to Tufts’ Annalisa DeBari. However, next weekend she has a chance to avenge both those losses at the New England Division III Championships at MIT. Colby’s women’s team had a very strong overall showing at the meet, taking fourth place overall. Along the way, Brit Biddle ’19, Helen Chavey ’19, Margaret Giles ’18 and Hannah Springhorn ’19 broke another school record in the 4x800 meter relay as they won with a time of 9:14.34. High placings continued for the Mules as Rembetsy-Brown got second in the triple jump with a jump of 36–2.25, while Friedland finished second in the 100, running a 12.24. Top five finishes continued with Isa Berzansky ’19 finishing third in the high jump, Sophia Gorman ’21 finishing fourth overall and first among freshman in the 5000 meter run and the 4x400 team that featured Stokes Cerkvenik, DePalo, Kristen Mahoney ’21 and Rachel Leonard ’19 taking fifth. As this season winds down, the future looks extremely bright for Colby women’s track and field.

On the men’s side, the Mules were led by Sage Bailin ’20, who continued his already very strong finish to the season. After breaking the school record in the 400 meter hurdles each of the last two weekends, he won the event in dominant fashion at the NESCACs, beating Tufts’ Andrew DiMaiti by over a second and breaking his own school record yet again. Bailin was also a member of Colby’s 4x400 team, along with Benjamin Smith ’21, James O’Donnell ’18 and Marcques Houston ’18. The team took third in the event, running a time of 3:19.44. Houston also had a very strong meet, taking fourth in the 200 with a time of 21.92 and fifth in the 400 with a 48.78. Other top ten finishers for Colby included Smith’s seventh place finish in the 200, Ty Farris ’21’s seventh in the 100 and the 4x800 squad of Keith Barnatchez ’18, Arthur Cassidy ’19, Eli Decker ’20 and Liam McDonough ’20’s eighth place finish. The Mules also finished first in the 4x100, but were disqualified for a violation on the second handoff. The men’s team took eighth overall at the meet.

Next weekend the Mules will travel down to MIT for the New England Division III Championships. Following that they have the New England Open Championships, the MIT Last Chance Meet and potentially the NCAA Division III Championships in late May.