Colby runners win relay

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: August 3, 2009

MOUNT DESERT ISLAND, Maine --- Runners from the past and the present for Colby College joined forces to win the Seventh Annual Around Mount Desert Island Relay on July 4.

Seniors Ben Ossoff, Mike Bienkowski, and Katrina Gravel were joined by sophomore Will Supple from the current Colby cross country teams. Dan Vassallo '07, Bob Glotfelty '08, John Waller '07, and Chris DeRoo '09 were the alumni who competed.

The Colby team finished the relay in six hours, 18 minutes, 39 seconds to easily win the eight-team event. Vassallo ran the opening leg of the race in 1:14:22 over 13.69 miles for an average pace per mile of 5:24. He is currently training for the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials.

The route took runners through downtown Bar Harbor and touched parts of Otter Creek, Seal Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Somesville, Southwest Harbor, Manset, Bass Harbor, Tremont, Seal Cove, Pretty Marsh, and Town Hill.