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Bobcats of the week of Feb. 19, 2007

Noah Gauthier '08
When Bates junior co-captain Noah Gauthier(Amherst, N.H.) heaved the 35-pound weight 61 feet and 1.25 inches Saturday at the New England Division III Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships, it wasn't just a personal best he recorded.Gauthier's throw, which was 2 feet and 11.50 inches past his previous personal best, won him first place in the event by nearly four feet ahead of runner-up Matt Zagura of Eastern Connecticut State and also vaulted him from Bates' ninth-best all-time performer in the event to third on the school performance list.

In addition to the 10 points Gauthier earned for the Bobcats in the weight throw, he tacked on another five points by finishing fourth in the shot put (49-06.25). Gauthier's 15 points led Bates to sixth place overall out of 24 teams at the meet with 44 points.

Kelsey Engman '07
Bates senior Kelsey Engman(Haverford, Pa.) became the first women's squash player at Bates to defeat an Ivy League opponent at the No. 1 position when she beat Cornell's Maxi Prinsen on Sunday in the Kurtz Cup championship match. The Bobcats lost the match to the Big Red, 6-3, but finished the season ranked No. 10, marking their sixth straight top-10 finish.For the week, the Bobcats' co-captain Engman went 5-0, defeating the top players from Amherst and Tufts in regular-season play and, at the CSA Team Nationals, topping the No. 1 players from Colby, Bowdoin and Cornell. She was one of six players in the country nominated this year for the Betty Richey Award for the outstanding senior player.  (The award went to New Zealander Catherine McLeod, who plays No. 1 for Yale.)

Engman will finish her collegiate career the weekend of March 3-5, at the CSA Individual Nationals at the University of Pennsylvania.