Bobcats of the week of Feb. 5, 2007

Matt Capone '07
Bates senior Matt Capone(Auburn, Maine) won the Jim Westcott Most Valuable Track Athlete Award and Saturday night at the 2007 State of Maine Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships, held at Bates' Walter Slovenski Indoor Track.Capone was a winner in three events for the night, leading Bates to second place as a team and a short distance from Bowdoin for the top spot. Capone took first in the 55-meter dash in 6.63 seconds, .05 ahead of Bowdoin's Lamont White. He also won the 200-meter dash in a time of 22.97 seconds, beating out USM's Jimmy Sawyer by .24 seconds. Capone also ran a leg of Bates' winning 4x400 relay team, along with junior John Miley (Hanson, Mass.), first-yearJames Packard (Guilford, Conn.) and seniorSam Thomas (Richmond, Va.). With a time of 3:30.99, Bates beat second-place Southern Maine in the event by 3.47 seconds.

Capone's teammate, co-captain and roommate, Bates junior Noah Gauthier (Amherst, N.H.), meanwhile won the Peter Goodrich Most Valuable Field Athlete Award for the second straight year, taking first place in the shot put and weight throw.

Bates finished second in the team score to Bowdoin for the second straight year. The Polar Bears scored 181.50 points for the title, followed by Bates with 163, the University of Southern Maine with 93.50, and Colby with 83.

Women's Alpine Team '07
The Bates alpine and Nordic ski teams are off to a fantastic start this season. To wit, last year, when the Bobcats sent a school record eight skiers to the NCAA Championships in Colorado, Bates finished fifth one time in sixth regular-season winter carnivals. This season, the Bobcats have pulled off the feat in all three carnivals thus far, finishing behind only northeastern ski powers Vermont, Dartmouth, Middlebury and New Hampshire.But it took a Herculean effort by the women's alpine team to keep Bates in fifth place last weekend at the UVM carnival. In Saturday's giant slalom event at Mt. Mansfield, the Bates women placed first out of 11 teams, earning enough points for Bates, with 409 total points, to edge out Williams (406), St. Lawrence (401) and Colby (388).

Sophomore Megan Papineau (Keene, N.Y.) came in fourth out of 55 competitors to lead the way, with a two-run combined time of 1:58.21. Close behind her were junior Whitney Fahy(Carrabassett Valley, Maine) in seventh place (1:58.91), sophomore Liz Thompson(Rangeley, Maine) in eighth, sophomore Emily Sampson (Plymouth, N.H.) in 13th (2:00.66) and first-year Allison Martini (Fair Haven, N.J.) in 23rd (2:05.64). With 83 points, Bates came out two points ahead of both Middlebury and New Hampshire.