BRUNSWICK, Maine – Hot temperatures and an ultra-flat course set the stage for a clash of Division III cross country titans at the Bowdoin Invitational, an interregional meet that included Coast Guard, Wellesley, Tufts, Bowdoin, Smith, Colby-Sawyer, and Plymouth State. Bowdoin is hosting the New England Division III Regional Championships, so the race offered runners an opportunity to preview the course and practice pacing, as well as put down some blistering times on the flat fields of Brunswick.
Although 107 runners were competing, the race quickly focused on the top three. Kaitlyn Mooney and Laurel Felt, both out of Coast Guard, quickly broke away from the field with Colby junior Sophia Gorman. Last year, Gorman won the NESCAC Championship before finishing 3rd in New England Regionals, two spots behind the race winner, Mooney. Both battled to All-American finishes at Cross Country Nationals, with Mooney finishing 4th and Gorman 11th. This year, Felt has come on strong, besting Mooney in their first race of the season by 0.1 seconds, while Gorman entered the weekend having won the Mules' first race.
In the end, Mooney edged ahead of Gorman for the win, finishing the 6000 meter race in 21:48.5. Gorman held strong for second place with a 22:03.1, just nine seconds ahead of Felt, who finished third and over a minute ahead of the race's fourth place runner, Delaney Bullock of Bowdoin.
Senior Sonia Tremblay (pictured) ran well for the Mules, notching 8th place with a 23:44.8. Meghan Garrett and Meredith Griffin were next for Colby, finishing nearly together in 36th and 37th. Olivia Cella rounded out the scoring for the Mules in 43. The team finished 5th on the day.
Colby will run some of the team in a JV meet next weekend before hosting their home invite on October 5th.
Results can be found here.
Photo by Ashley Conti