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Bobcats of the week of Feb. 26, 2007

Sylvan Ellefson '09
Sophomore Sylvan Ellefson(Vail, Colo.) put a fitting cap on an outstanding carnival season placing fourth out of 64 competitors in Friday's Men's 10K Free Technique at the Middlebury College Winter Carnival, which also served as the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association Championships.Ellefson outpaced Dartmouth's Ben Koons in the event by 2.8 seconds with a time of 25:12.6, earning 39 of Bates' 77 points in the event. Ellefson followed that performance by coming in 18th out of 64 in the Men's 20K Classic Race, joining his teammates Sam Evans-Brown (Gilmanton Iron Works, N.H.) and Brandon Cooper (Aspen, Colo.) in the top 18 in that event.

Ellefson's outstanding carnival season earned him a final EISA ranking of No. 6, making him Bates' first EISA All-East skier since Justin Easter '03.

Bates' combined alpine and Nordic ski teams finished in seventh place out of 17 teams at Middlebury. With 604 points, the Bobcats were only 2.5 points behind Colby for sixth place and 4.0 points behind Williams in fifth.

Ellefson will take his second trip to the NCAA Ski Championships, to be hosted March 7-10 by the University of New Hampshire.

Izzy Alexander '09
How good does it feel to break a school record? Ask sophomore Izzy Alexander,who got that thrill three times last weekend at the all-division Open New England Indoor Track and Field Championships at Boston University.On Saturday, Alexander (Harvard, Mass.) broke her own record in the indoor 500 meters for the second time in as many days, and the same day she ran a leg in the 4x800-meter relay, which also broke a 27-year-old Bates mark.

Alexander shaved 2.04 seconds off of her own record in the 500 in the preliminary heats on Friday, Alexander took 0.80 more seconds off of the mark with a scorching time of 1:16.25, good for eighth place among runners in all divisions at the meet. Alexander was 0.10 seconds behind Natalee Pennicooke of Northeastern University for seventh place and 1.04 seconds ahead of UMass-Lowell's Jessie Colby.

Bates also finished fifth in the 4x800 relay, ahead of the University of Connecticut and behind Holy Cross, with a school record time of 9:22.77. Running for Bates was the quartet of Alexander, first-year Katie Bash (Wallingford, Pa.), senior Jen Caban (Bedford, Mass.) and first-year Jenna Ligor (Denmark, Maine). The performance beats the previous school mark of 9:39.7, set in 1980 by Susan Hopfe, Dorothy Donovan, Kathy Leonard and Renata Cosby, by an incredible 17 seconds.