BRUNWICK, Maine – The Colby men's cross country team took to the course at Bowdoin College for an invitational meet that included Bowdoin, Coast Guard, Colby-Sawyer, Plymouth State, and Wentworth. The 8000 meter course is one of the flattest in the region an will play host to the New England Division III Championships, so it offered runners a chance to preview, practice pacing, and put down some fast times.
Hot conditions did not prevent Colby from taking control of the race early. Junior Eli Decker (pictured), first-year Tyler Morris , and sophomores Collins Kibet and Ewan Frick all paced the field from the gun. The group never looked back, working together to establish a lead they would not relinquish. Ultimately, Decker broke from the group and won the race in a time of 26:09.8, averaging 5:16 mile splits, just ahead of Morris, who finished in 26:18.9. Kibet secured the sweep in 26:36.6, while Frick rounded out the top four in 26:39.2, 10 seconds ahead of the first non-Colby runner. Sophomore Max Lessans was Colby's next runner and last team scorer, finishing 11th with a time of 27:28.3.
The Mules' cumulative point total of 21, a combination of the places of their top five runners, put them 39 points ahead of Bowdoin, who finished second with 60 points.
Colby looks to keep their feet flying next weekend at a JV meet before hosting their home invite on Saturday, October 5th.
Results can be found here.
Photo courtesy of Ashley Conti