Josh Colley might be at the point of taking winning for granted, but that doesn’t mean each title doesn’t feel just as good as the last.
Colley, a senior at Widener University, contributed a gold and silver finish to help the Widener University men’s outdoor track and field team capture its 20th Middle Atlantic Conference championship in program history on Saturday, May 6.
The Tunkhannock Area grad finished first in the
The meet that came down to the final event, with junior Josh Tupper anchoring the 4x400-meter relay to the winning time of 3:21.58 for the championship and team’s sixth straight crown.
Widener would end the meet with 173 points, which bettered runner-up Messiah by 10 points and third place Stevenson by 54.
The Pride found themselves trailing Messiah, 158-133, with three events remaining after scoring 19 points in the shot put as well as another 24 in the 400-meter dash.
Three Widener distance runners then took spots one, two and five in the 5,000-meter run to give the Pride 155 points, and a second-place finish in the triple jump from Colley at 14.61 meters put the team back ahead by four with the 4x400-meter relay remaining.
The Pride quad then won the final event to clinch the title.
Colley’s first place mark in the long jump was 7.19 meters, ahead of Delaware Valley’s Ta’riq Thomas at 7.10 meters.
The marks also contributed to Colley getting named to the All-Middle Atlantic Conference First Team.
With the victory, the Pride’s senior class completed a dynasty of success by winning 12 Middle Atlantic Conference championships over four years in the sports of men’s cross country, men’s indoor track & field and men’s outdoor track & field.
They became the first group in school history to ever accomplish the feat.
Colley also finished second in the long jump at 23-feet, 2.50-inches at the final qualifying meet at Swarthmore College on Monday.
Widener will host the Mideast Invitational as another final qualifying meet beginning on Thursday at 9 a.m. before gearing up for the NCAA Championships in Geneva, Ohio, May 25-27.