This weekend’s performance was beyond impressive for both Colorado College track teams; Junior Samantha Gilbert and first-year Tony Calderon were named Women’s and Men’s Track Athlete of the Week by the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference (SCAC) while competing in two different locations.
Gilbert, who shared the women’s award with sophomore Abigail Schneebeck of Trinity University, posted CC’s best individual results at the CSU-Pueblo Open by finishing fifth in the 200-meter race and sixth in the 100-meters. She ran a season-best 26.42 seconds in the 200 and a personal-best (12.75) in the 100, only .05 seconds shy of the school record. Both times are the fourth-best in the SCAC this season.
“The meet was super exciting especially since I didn’t even know I was that close,” said Gilbert. “Plus the fact that the record hasn’t been broken since 1983 is pretty awesome.”
Gilbert also anchored the 4×100-meter relay that finished fourth with a time of 52.79 seconds, running with senior Ellie Swanson, junior Mckenna Schnack, and first-year Liza Huschle. CC was the only Division III school to compete in the meet.
Meanwhile at the Alex Francis Classic in Hays, Kansas, Calderon placed fifth in the 5,000-meter race last Friday. He finished with a time of 15:34.56, the second-fastest time in the SCAC this season. Senior Conor Terhune, who set a school record in the 2,000-meter steeplechase last weekend at the CC Invitational, ran the 3k steeplechase on Friday and finished with a time of 10:11.77, finishing in fifth place.
Sophomore David Elk finished 15th in the 5k, while first-year Adam Mahler and sophomore Adam Holliday placed 20th and 21st respectively. First-years Ethan Brand-LaBarge and Max Blackburn each ran the 800-meter race on Friday, with Brand-LaBarge finishing 11th and Blackburn 16th.
Just one week after setting a school record, sophomore Henry Baldwin finished fourth in the high jump with first-year Ben Hall right behind in sixth. “It was really cool to go down and compete at the Thunderbowl, especially competing alongside Baldwin, with him being [seventh] in Division III high jump right now,” said Hall. “It was really nice to get back out there competing right after him setting a new school record last weekend too.”
Junior John Hatch finished sixth in the triple jump in his first competition this season with an SCAC-best leap of 44’3.25”. He also finished 12th in the long jump.
Sophomore Noah Shuster finished fifth in the 100-meters, then anchored the 4×100 relay team that finished fourth in a time of 44.70 seconds. He competed alongside juniors Justin Ngyuen, Stefan Jandreau-Smith, and sophomore Quin Gattey on the relay team. Gattey himself finished seventh in the 400-meter hurdles and was a part of the ninth-place 4×400-meter relay team with Nguyen and juniors Sean Fite and Ethan Holland.
“It was nice to see some of the team really starting to get into stride at this point in the season,” said Gattey. “It was our first real competition and it was great for us to see where we stand moving forward.”
Both teams will next compete at the CU Invitational this Saturday, April 8.