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Dartmouth-bound Colby ready for the challenge

Jul 22, 2015   |   by Jeff Lajoie   |   NH Front Page

Trevor Colby
Inter-Lakes alum Trevor Colby, who helped lead the Lakers to their first-ever state championship on the track this spring, will run collegiately at Division I Dartmouth College. Joshua Spaulding.

[Trevor] Colby's graduation day quickly transformed into a wild journey that took him to Saco, Maine. After qualifying for the New England Interscholastic Track and Field Championships at Thornton Academy, he had to step on the gas and arrive in time to run the 800 meters with the other top runners in New England. No pressure, right?

"It was definitely very stressful," he admitted. "The whole car ride down, I just tried to listen to music and get into the zone but the race itself was intimidating."

Colby continued his outstanding spring on the track by taking fifth place overall in the 800. He continued on to the New Balance Nationals in North Carolina, where he again shined and emerged seventh overall in the 800-meter field. All of that capped a year that saw him help bring the Lakers their first-ever NHIAA Division III state championship

"It was pretty amazing," said Colby of ending his senior season with a title. "It was really nice to be able to have the culmination of events after four years of hard work. I'm really good friends with everyone on the team. We're all really close and hang out outside of school. A lot of hard work went into it."

Colby's hard work for four years certainly paid off. A student-athlete in the truest sense, he'll run track and field next year at Dartmouth College, studying biomedical engineering when he isn't busy traversing the 800 meters.

"I was looking at a bunch of different schools," explained Colby. "Once I did fairly well on my SATs, I thought maybe I can go to an Ivy League school. My dad talked me into applying early decision to Dartmouth and then I just had to wait. I was at a nordic (ski) practice in mid-December and it was pretty nerve-wracking but I pulled it up on my phone and found out that I had gotten in. It was nice to share that with my friends on the team and it made it nice to focus on sports the rest of the year at school with that big decision behind me."

The next step for Colby came in trying to secure a spot on the track and field team for the Division I institution.

"I didn't know I was going to be able to do sports at Dartmouth until later," he explained. "Throughout track season, they told me I had to PR (personal record) to run for them so that was a motivator. Then finally at the Meet of Champions, I ran a 1:54 (in the 800) and that kind of sealed the deal."

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