Program Overview

Colby finished in fifth place in the country at the NCAA Division III Championships in 2014. The Mules won the New England Division III title and placed second at the New England Small College Athletic Conference meet in the same year. The men's program won NESCAC titles in 1987, 1990, and 1993. Colby will host the NESCAC Championships in the 2016 season.

The beautiful 714-acre Colby campus encompasses miles of trails that wind through fields and woods. The renowned Campbell Trails, used by the cross-country team for both training and racing, were a gift of Judge and Mrs. Levin Campbell and their daughter Eleanor S. Campbell ’81 of Cambridge, Mass.

Colby’s harriers spend virtually every day running on trails, both for the benefits of a softer training surface and to better simulate the rigors of cross country racing. Workouts are designed to improve cellular adaptation and running economy, increase maximum oxygen capacity, and elevate lactate threshold. Training emphasizes individual development, and every effort is made to ensure that each runner is challenged according to his ability, without over-training or under-training.

Colby’s cross-country program includes training trips throughout Maine. Popular destinations include Acadia National Park, the Belgrade Lakes region, and Sugarloaf Mountain. We thoroughly believe that variety in our training regimen has been instrumental to our success.