WATERVILLE — Colby College produced four champions Saturday at the New England Small College Athletic Conference Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Harold Alfond Stadium on Saturday.
Leigh Fryxell won the javelin with a toss of 136 feet, four inches, while Alanna McDonough won the 3,000-meter steeplechase despite it being just her second time running the event. On the men’s side, Ethan Drusket took the 100 dash in 10.96 seconds, and Hustin Owumi took the triple jump with a leap of 45-1 1/2.
As a team Colby finished in fourth place with 72 points, one point ahead of Bates College and 11 points behind Middlebury College. Williams College — which had won 12 straight NESCAC titles before falling to fourth last season — reclaimed its title with 179 points, while last year’s champ, Tufts College, placed second with 126 points. The Mules’ men placed fifth with 70 points, their best finish at the NESCACs since 2004.
As for the Mules, they got a trio of third-place finishes from Frances Onyilagha in the 200 dash (25.71), Emily Doyle in the 400 dash (58.09) and Catherine McClure in the 10,000 meters (36:50.15).
Colby’s 1,600 relay of McKayla Blanch, Emily Tolman, Doyle and Onyilagha also notched a third (3:59.02), while Keltie Vance and Kate MacNamee took fourth in the pole vault (10-11 3/4) and hammer (106-09), respectively. Jamaal Grant had the only other top four finish for the Colby men, taking fourth in the triple jump with a leap of 42-2 3/4.
COLBY 11, MIDDLEBURY 10: The No. 6 Mules kept their NCAA Division III Tournament chances alive Saturday with a come-from-behind victory over the third-seeded Panthers on Saturday in Middlebury, Vt. Colby trailed 6-0 early, but battled all the way back to take an 11-9 lead thanks to a pair of goals from Abby Hooper with a little over two minutes remaining. Lindsey McKenna led Colby with three goals, while Katharine Eddy, Sara Miller and Hooper had two each. The Mules (9-5) will play top-seeded Trinity College in the semifinals on Saturday at noon.
HUSSON 12, UMF 10: The University of Maine-Farmington’s season came to an end Saturday with a loss to Husson University (3-9) in the opening round of the North Atlantic Conference playoffs. The Beavers (5-9) led 9-8 with 11 minutes to go in the contest, but a string of four straight goals from the visitors dashed UMF’s hopes of moving on. Ayla Allen led the Beavers with three goals, while Messalonskee grad Maddi Kadnar and Rhi Jackson finished with two each.
RICHMOND 11-12, VINALHAVEN 0-4: Strong pitching and timely hitting helped the Bobcats to a pair of victories in a doubleheader with Vinalhaven Saturday. Mike Stewart went the distance on the mound, striking out 10, and also had a single, double and three RBIs at the plate to lead the Bobcats to victory in the opener. Dakota Roinstad chipped in with a double, while Brandon Emmons added two singles and an RBI in the win.
Matt Holt got the ball in the finale, and went four strong innings before Emmons closed things out. Tyler Sucy, Emmons and Holt each belted doubles for Richmond, while Cody Tribbett had two singles and an RBI.
RICHMOND 14-25, VINALHAVEN 0-5: The Bobcats pounded out 28 hits and a combined 39 runs to blowout Vinalhaven in a Class D doubleheader Saturday. Kelsie Obi and Camryn Hurley each belted home runs in the opener, while Meranda Martin finished with three singles and Cassidy Harriman added a double.
In the finale, Kalah Patterson, Kelsea Anair and Martin — who pitched all 10 innings to get the two wins — each launched homers in the win, while Sadie Perry and Autumn Accord chipped in with two hits each.
MARANACOOK/WINTHROP 6, NYA 1: The Black Bears opened their season on a high note Saturday with a win over North Yarmouth Academy. Toby Smith led the way with four goals and an assist, while Zach Glazer had one goal and one assist. Denver Cram and A.J. Stevens finished with a goal and an assist, respectively. Zach Bessette made eight saves in net.