Led by strong finishes this week from Sophie Stokes Cerkvenik, Laura Polley, and Christia Peliakos, the Colby outdoor women's track and field team moved up to 5th in the national rankings for Division III in the 100m hurdles. The rankings are from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, and are based on the team's top four individual performances to date.
This weekend, Stokes Cerkvenik placed 18th among Division 1 and professional runners at the Georgia Tech Invitational with a time of 15.05, while Polley came in second at the Aloha Relays hosted by Bates College with a time of 15:36, the 7th fastest in program history. Speliakos was right behind her in 8th with a time of 16.76.
Currently, six women rank in the top 17 in the NESCAC in the event. Stokes Cerkvenik sits in 1st and Polley in 8th while Emily Larson's and Christie Woodside's times from the Pennman relays rank them 11th and 12th, respectively. Speliakos and Emma O'Hara are tied in 17th.
Stokes Cerkvenik also set a blistering time in the 400 m hurdles as the Georgia Tech Invitational, placing 7th. Her time of 1:03.70 was the second fastest in Colby history for the event.
Colby had several other top results from the Aloha relays this past weekend, as well. Taylor DePalo placed 3rd in the 400 m dash with a time of 1:01.2 and Annah Rossvall sprinted to 3rd place in the 400 m hurdles with a time of 1:06.2, the seventh fastest in program history. Speliakos jumped to 3rd place in the long jump with a jump of 5.00 m, as well as a 3rd place in the triple jump with a 10.58 m jump. Emma MacCullum placed 3rd in the shot put with a throw of 11.32 m, and Emma O'Hara won the Heptathlon with 4090 points, almost 1000 ahead of the next competitor.
The Mules compete next weekend at the NESCAC Championships at Middlebury College.
Results, Georgia Tech Invitational: https://www.tfrrs.org/results/59441/Georgia_Tech_Invitational_(College)/
Results, Aloha Relays: https://www.gobatesbobcats.com/sports/wtrack/2018-19/files/aloha_results.htm