Beers to lead Colby men's cross country/track programs

Contact: Bill Sodoma
Date: August 16, 2006
WATERVILLE, Maine --- Jared Beers (Traip Academy/Kittery, Maine), a 2001 Colby College graduate, has been named interim head coach of the Colby men's cross country/track and field programs for the 2006-07 academic year.

Beers has been an assistant coach for the Colby indoor and outdoor track and field teams for the past three years. He was the sprints and hurdles coach, but also helped with recruiting and daily practices.

"Jared has done an outstanding job as our assistant coach and I know he is ready to lead our programs this year as the head coach. He competed at a very high level as a student at Colby and he has excelled as an assistant coach," said Marcella Zalot, Colby's Director of Athletics. "He understands the demands of rigorous academic environment combined with the demands of a rigorous athletic program. He knows what it will take to have success within NESCAC and nationally."

Beers held Colby's 400-meter record at one time during his collegiate career and still is part of the 1,600-meter relay team school record of 3:19.71. Beers, who captained the Mules during his junior and senior years, won numerous track and field titles during his collegiate career. He was the NESCAC champion in the 400 meters in his final year at Colby in 2001 and won the New England Division III title in the 400 on Colby's Alfond Track in 1999.

Beers earned the track and field team's J. Seelye Bixler Award for the senior who contributes the most to track and field at Colby.