Coby Horowitz ’14 set a new school record in the mile last weekend with a time of 4:02.12, as the men’s indoor track and field team competed at the Dave Hemery Valentine’s Invitational at Boston University, a non-scoring meet including D-I and club teams.
Meanwhile, the Bowdoin women took part in the Maine State Track Meet held at the University of Southern Maine (USM). The women totaled 195.5 points to finish second behind Bates (205.5), but were able to edge out Colby (183.5), USM (111), Husson (10.5) and Saint Joseph’s (6).
Horowitz led the way for the men, winning the mile amongst D-III runners and finishing 20th overall out of 300 runners. Horowitz’s mile time was the fastest in D-III in 11 years and the fourth-fastest time in D-III history, earning him D-III National Athlete of the Week honors.
Despite his massive personal accomplishment, Horowitz praised the entire team’s performance.
“Recording the fourth-fastest time ever in D-III and the fastest time ever for Bowdoin was huge for us as a program,” he said. “I do all the workouts with the other runners and they all ran good races ,so I think we can all take pride in our success. Notably, James Boeding [’14, 4:18.66], Calvin Henry [’16, 4:20.94] and Kevin Hoose [’15, 4:25.13] all achieved personal bests in the mile.”
Senior captain Sam Seekins and Jacob Ellis ’16 also produced top performances for the Polar Bears. Seekins (8:24.34) placed 40th overall in the 3000m and Ellis (1:55.31) placed 63rd overall in the 800m.
“Ellis has been coming back from a foot injury, and is hoping to regain the form he had last spring when he placed fourth at NCAA D-III Championships,” said Head Coach Peter Slovenski. “He did a lot of cross-training in the fall, so we’re hoping he will be able to race very well now that his foot is healed.”
The women had multiple athletes place above their seeded places and 15 personal-best performances at the state track meet. The team finished second and scored 30 more points than expected.
Senior captain Katherine Harmon repeated as state champion in the weight throw (15.8m) and placed eighth in the triple jump (9.94m). Randi London ’15 and Pamela Zabala ’17 took third and fourth in the weight throw, respectively.
The women also excelled in the mile. Camille Wasinger ’15 (5:11.56) and Lucy Skinner ’16 (5:11.38) finished second and third, respectively.
“I am very proud of Camille’s performance and my own,” said Skinner. “It was a very competitive meet and it’s always exciting to see how our rival Maine schools improve from year to year.”
Bowdoin also had three repeat champions at the event. Erin Silva ’15 won her third consecutive state meet at the pole vault (3.55m), London took first in the shotput (12.09m), and Katharine Krupp ’16 placed first in the women’s triple jump (10.96m).
Captain Emily Clark ’15 had two key performances in the 200m dash (26.53) and 55m hurdles (8.76), finishing second and fourth, respectively.
Both teams travel to Tufts next weekend to participate in the Tufts Invitational. Team morale is high as the Polar Bears prepare for the tail-end of their indoor season. The Invitational is also the season’s last chance to qualify for the final meets of the season, including the D-III New England Championships and the ECAC Championships.