NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Connecticut College Invitational featured a stacked field as teams prepared for regional championships and jockeyed to position themselves for at-large bids to the NCAA Championships. Eight nationally ranked Division III schools toed the line, including Williams, Amherst, and Middlebury out of the NESCAC. In addition, nine of the top ten teams in the New England Regional Rankings were in attendance. Regionally, Colby entered the race ranked 9th and did not receive votes towards a national ranking in the latest poll.
The Mules' standing may change after the weekend. Colby took 4th place out of the 28 teams in attendance, besting nationally ranked Amherst (18th) Middlebury (20th), Carleton (26th), Ithaca (27th), and St. Lawrence (35th) in the process. The Mules placed second among the nine NESCAC schools racing, falling to race winner Williams but beating Connecticut College, Wesleyan, Trinity, and Tufts all by well over 100 points.
The course and the Mules ran fast, with all five scoring runners setting personal records for Colby. Junior Eli Decker led the charge, placing 9th out of 409 runners. Decker covered the 8000 meter course in a blistering 24:52.3. First year Tyler Morris, who finished hand in hand with Decker to win the Maine State Collegiate Championship two weeks ago, finished close behind in 20th, just 21 seconds back of Decker. Sophomore Ewan Frick (pictured) finished right with Morris, securing 26th in 25:18.0, while Collins Kibet snuck inside the top 50 with a 25:38.2. Max Lessans rounded out the top five, whose scores total the final team score, in 69th with a time of 25:52.2.
The Mules' training now focuses on their upcoming championship season, which starts November 2nd with the NESCAC Championships, hosted by Williams College.
Photo courtesy of Ben Lawlor '22