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Bobcats of the week of March 30, 2009

Ryan Quinn '11
Bates College sophomoreRyan Quinnrecorded two personal-best performances on Saturday as the Bobcats opened the outdoor season at the Snowflake Classic meet at Tufts.Quinn (Watertown, Mass.) posted personal-best performances in both the 100- and 200-meter dashes, finishing second in the 100 in 11.19 seconds and fourth in the 200 at 22.71 seconds. His times put him at No. 6 and No. 10, respectively, on Bates' all-time outdoor performance lists. Quinn also anchored the 4x100 meter relay team, which finished second at the meet in a time of 44.02 seconds.

Quinn helped the Bobcats finish second out of 13 teams at the meet, and he was named the NESCAC Track & Field Men's Track Performer of the Week on Monday.

Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan '10
Bobcat fans have come to expect great things from two-time All-American thrower Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan(Topsham, Maine), but her performance at Saturday's Snowflake Classic at Tufts still stands out.In the first outdoor meet of the year, Duncan threw the hammer in competition for the first time since last May, and took first place among collegiate competitors at the meet with a personal-best mark of 173-08, meeting the automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships.

Duncan was also fourth in the discus throw (112-04) and third in the shot put (39-07.75), and was a big factor in the Bobcats placing third out of 16 teams at the meet. Her performance led to her being named NESCAC Women's Field Performer of the Week.