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Bobcats of the week of April 14, 2008

Noah Gauthier '08
After winning the NCAA Division III championship in the indoor weight throw last month, Bates senior captainNoah Gauthier(Amherst, N.H.) cemented his fourth trip to nationals on Saturday, by hitting the NCAA outdoor automatic qualifying mark in the hammer throw.Gauthier launched a top hammer throw of 58.30 meters for first place. Gauthier also placed second in the shot put (14.63) and fifth in the discus (37.24), as the Bobcat men's track and field team finished second out of four teams at the Colby Invitational on Saturday. He was named NESCAC Men's Field Performer of the Week.(View a PDF of the weekly NESCAC Track and Field release.)

With 171 points, Bates was the runner-up to MIT (224) while topping the University of Southern Maine (156) and Colby (106).

Gauthier, the recently crowned NCAA Division III indoor weight throw champion, launched a top hammer throw of 58.30 meters for first place. Gauthier also placed second in the shot put (14.63) and fifth in the discus (37.24).

Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan '10
Bates sophomore Vantiel Elizabeth Duncanhad a big day Saturday at the Colby Invitational. The recently crowned All-America indoor weight thrower met provisional qualification for the NCAA Outdoor Championships and recorded lifetime bests in both the hammer throw and shot put.Duncan (Topsham, Maine) threw the hammer 49.11 meters and surpassed her personal record in the shot put by about two feet, at 13.51 meters, taking first place in both events. Duncan also finished fourth in the discus throw (33.05) as Bates finished third in the team scoring with 124 points, while MIT scored 143 and Colby 139.

Duncan was named the NESCAC Women's Field Performer of the Week for her efforts. (View a PDF of the weekly NESCAC Track and Field release.)