Women's Outdoor Track—2008-09 Season Overview

2009 Season Outlook

Emma Linhard '11 comes into the 2009 season as one of the top NESCAC track and field athletes after winning the 1,500-meter run at the league meet and earning the conference's Most Outstanding Rookie Performer honor.

Linhard ran in the 1,500 at the NCAA Division III meet after placing fourth in the event at the Open New England Championships. She also was third in the 800 meters at the New England Division III meet and fourth at the NECAC meet in the 800. Linhard and teammate Heather MacDonald both return from the 3,200 relay squad which took third at the New England Division III meet.

Brianna Kondrat '09 also did well in the throwing events at the championship meets. She was third in the discus and fifth in the hammer throw at the New England Division III meet after taking second in the discus, fifth in the hammer throw, and seventh in the shot put at the NESCAC meet.

Katrina Gravel '10 took eighth in the Open New England 10,000 meters and also was eight in the event at the NESCAC meet. Erin Beasley '09 led the sprinters by placing seventh in the 100 dash at the NESCAC meet and ninth at the New England Division III meet. Jennifer MacDowell '09 also returns in the 10,000 after placing 11th at the New England meet and Jordan Schoonover '11 was 18th in the triple jump at the same meet.

Danielle Sheppard '11 was fourth in the NESCAC in the high jump, Mandy Ivey '10 took sixth in the 10,000 at the league meet, and Alyssa Marquez '11 finished eighth in the conference in pole vault.


2008 Season Outlook
The 2008 team will rely on a number of returning letter winners and the largest group of first-year students in the history of the program. Talented first-years will compete in all 21 track and field events and should increase Colby’s competitive edge.

Anna King earned All-America honors in the outdoor season last year by placing fifth in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the national meet. She broke her own school record with a time of 10:36.31 in taking second at the Open New England Championships.

The outdoor team won a dual meet against Bates and the MIT Invitational, and it placed third at the Aloha Relays at Bowdoin. The team placed sixth at the NESCAC Championships and was 10th at the New England Division III Championships. Thirty-seven of Colby’s 48 team members had personal record performances.

Cassie Knight took second at the New England Division III meet in the steeplechase and was seventh in the Open New England meet. Brianna Kondrat also returns after taking seventh in the New England Division III meet in the discus.