Stokes Cerkvenik returns as indoor track season set to start

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Watching Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik explode down the track in winning the 100-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships in May will forever be remembered in Colby College athletics.

Stokes Cerkvenik is back for her senior year as the Mules open the indoor season Saturday against MIT and Bates College in Cambridge.
 
"Effort and execution have been the driving ideals throughout the preparation period. With the competition season kicking off this weekend we are extremely excited about the work that has been done up to this point," Colby head coach Dave Cusano said. "With veteran leadership and promising newcomers, the idea of improving our rankings both regionally and nationally is overly exciting. We are looking forward to the competitive opportunities that are in front of us."
 
While Stokes Cerkvenik will have to wait until the outdoor season to run the 100 hurdles, she does the hold the school record in the indoor 60 hurdles (8.91). She placed 11th at the NCAA indoor meet in the event.
 
Stokes Cerkvenik also is a key athlete in Colby's relays. Rachel Leonard and Taylor Depalo both return in the 1,600 relay after finishing sixth at the New England Division III Championships. Leonard, Margaret Bannon, Depalo, and Stokes Cerkvenik won the Maine State title in the 800 relay.
 
Depalo (pictured) returns after taking second in the 200 dash at the state meet, while Leonard is strong in the 400. Kristen Mahoney also returns in the 400, while Brit Biddle is back in the 800 meters along with Olivia Bigay. Hannah Springhorn has had past success in the mile.
 
Emma O'Hara was 13th in the pentathlon at the New England meet, Emma MacCallum placed 14th in the shot put, and Alexa Scher was 20th in the pole vault. Emily Larson competes in the high jump and Kaylie Vallee will go in the triple jump.
 
Helen Chavey and Sophia Gorman, fresh off a fine cross country season, will compete in distance events. Gorman was the NESCAC champion in women's cross country. Whitney White and Hannah Southwick both ran in the 3,000 meters a year ago, while Kaitlyn Deming runs the 1,000.
 
Cusano has a strong first-year class, led by Sharde Johnson, Christie Woodside, Annah Rossvall, Jayla Moss, Christina Speliakos, and Meredith Griffin.