Dom Kone, Colby College
Dom Kone ended his athletic career at Colby College as one of the most decorated athletes ever at the school, but the way he handled adversity will be remembered as well by those who followed his track and field exploits.
Kone was a two-time national champion and a three-time All-American in the sprint races. However, the poise and grace he handled his injury problems during his sophomore and senior years also stood out.
Kone's 2012 indoor and outdoor seasons were sensational, winning the 60-meter dash at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships and then completing the sprint sweep by capturing the 100 dash at the outdoor national meet. He set a meet record at the indoor meet as a junior.
Kone is one of just two Colby athletes to earn multiple national title honors. Jamie Brewster won the hammer throw three times at the NCAA meet for Colby.
Kone's senior season was one of frustration due to a hamstring injury. He slightly injured a hamstring at a meet just before the indoor nationals. Kone took a risk and ran at the NCAA meet, but was not 100 percent healthy and did not qualify for the eight-man final. Kone came into the outdoor season rested and healthy, only to suffer another hamstring injury early in the season that forced him to miss the rest of the year.
Kone's first hamstring problem also occurred at a tough time. He was at the NCAA meet as a sophomore and had the fastest time in the country in the 55-meter dash (NCAA changed the race to 60 meters the following year) in a preliminary race. About 20 meters into the championship final, Kone pulled his hamstring and limped across the finish line in eighth place. The winner of the final had a slower time than Kone's prelim clocking.
Kone won the NESCAC title in the 100 dash in his first three years before sitting out the race in his senior season. He also won the 200 dash as a junior. Kone also won New England and Maine state titles in his four years.
"To me Dom will always be defined not by his tremendous gifts, but by his sincerity and effort," Colby head coach Jared Beers said. "I think it is extremely telling that despite all he has achieved on the track he was respected as much by the team for how hard he worked in the classroom."
Kone, a native of Bucksport, Maine, spent the 2012 summer working with University of Virginia professors on parasite research.