Colby women's track strong third at NESCAC meet

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: April 27, 2013
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Emily Doyle (Dustin Satloff Photography)

MEDFORD, Mass. --- Emily Doyle and Frances Onyilagha each won individual New England Small College Athletic Conference titles and helped the 1,600-meter relay team to a victory as the Colby College women's outdoor track and field team finished a strong third at the league championships Saturday at Tufts University.

While Tufts easily won the 11-team meet with 203 points, Colby was just eight points behind runner-up Middlebury College (117.5) with 109.5 points and just edged fourth place Williams College (109). The Mules won the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) title over fifth place Bowdoin College (82) and seventh place Bates College (58).

Colby tied its best finish ever at the NESCAC Championships since the league started playoff formats in sports in 2001. The Mules took third in 2002 and also had  109.5 points 10 years ago in 2003 while taking third place.

Doyle had a memorable first NESCAC meet, winning a championship in the 400-meter dash in 57.12 to help the Mules take three of the top four spots in the race. Middlebury's Juliet Ryan-Davis was the runner-up in 57.504 and the Mules' Emily Tolman was right with her at 57.505. Brittney Bell added a fourth for Colby in 57.71.

Onyilagha also had a terrific meet for the Mules, winning the title in the 200 dash (25.08) and taking third in the 100 dash (12.48). She won fairly comfortable in the 200, with runner-up Alexis Walker of Wesleyan University clocking a 25.53. 

Colby's flying 1,600 relay team won the NESCAC title in 3:51.97 to top second place Williams (3:52.77) by nearly one second. Third place Middlebury was more than six seconds behind the Mules. Doyle ran the first 400 meters and handed off to Onyilagha, Tolman went third, and Bell ran the anchor leg.

The Mules' 400 relay team of Bell, Brittany Reardon, Doyle, and Tolman took second place in 48.39, while Tufts took the title in 48.27. In the 3,200 relay, the Mules finished sixth in 9:38.45 behind Ginny Keesler, Layne Schwab, Morgan Lingar, and Alanna McDonough.

Reardon helped the Mules by taking second place in the 100 hurdles (14.86) and fourth in the pole vault (10-6). Leigh Fryxell had the other second-place finish by throwing 122-06 in the javelin. Robin Armstrong of Tufts barely held her off with a 122-11.

Thirds for Colby went to Kate Connolly in the 10,000 meters (37:34.30) and McDonough in the 400 hurdles (1:05.47). Berol Dewdney added a fourth in the 3,000 steeplechase (11:28.70), Catherine McClure ran to a 17:26.97 clocking in taking fifth in the 5,000 meters, Abbott Matthews also was fifth in the hammer throw (156-00), and Lingar was sixth in the 1,500 meters (4:46.19), Kate MacNamee took seventh in the hammer (139-04), and Schwab finished eighth in the 1,500 meters (4:47.64).

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