Three Colby runners qualify for NCAA meet

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 11, 2006
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. --- Karen Prisby finished in fourth place for the Colby College women's cross country team and Dan Vassallo was ninth for the Colby men at the New England Division III Championships/NCAA Qualifier on Saturday at Springfield College.

Prisby, an All-American last year as a junior, will race again at the national meet next Saturday at Wilmington College in Ohio. She had a time of 21:50.4 and was just edged by Catherine Beck (21:50.0) of Tufts for third place. Wesleyan's Ellen Davis won the race in 21:29.3.

Anna King, a junior, also will go to the NCAA meet after placing 15th in 22:31.3. The Colby women placed sixth overall with a score of 214, but the squad needed to finish in at least fifth place for a chance to go to the NCAA meet. Colby had finished in fifth place at nationals the past two years.

Vassallo, a senior, will race in the NCAA meet for the first time in his career for the Colby men. He had a time of 26:02.0 over the 8-kilometer course. Trinity's Hunter Norte won the race in 25:37.9. Vassallo helped the Colby men finish a solid 13th place out of 45 teams.

Kathleen Maynard was 37th out of 321 finishers in the women's race in 23:21.0. Brianna Tufts took 75th in 24:15.2 and Liz Petit was 83rd with a 24:24.0 over the 6-kilometer course. Devan FitzPatrick got into the top 100 by placing 99th in 24:41.

Michael Collins had one of his best finishes of the season in taking 64th out of 309 finishers with a 27:13.2 clocking for the Colby men. Jeff Alden placed 79th in 27:34.8, Nikolajs Batarags had a 27:36 for 82nd place, John Swain was 85th in 27:38.3 and Jim Hurder took 88th in 27:44.2.

Middlebury won the women's meet with a score of 73. Williams took the men's race with a 57, while the Mules had a score of 319.