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Bobcats of the week of April 19, 2010

Andrew Wortham '13
The Bates men's track and field team has certainly benefitted from a strong corps of athletes in the throwing events, and Saturday's State of Maine Men's Outdoor Championships at Colby were a clear example of that: Bates claimed the top five places in the javelin throw, as well as the top four places in the hammer, shot put and discus. At times it might become easy to overlook the significant contributions of other members of the team, which also went a long way toward Bates winning the team championship at the meet for the eighth time in the past nine years.One big case in point on Saturday was first-year Andrew Wortham (Newton, Mass.), who took first place out of nine athletes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in a time of 9:27.12, 24.50 seconds ahead of runner-up and junior teammate Devin Dilts. Wortham's time was just 2.12 seconds shy of meeting provisional qualification for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Wortham will look to bag another steeplechase championship this Saturday at the NESCAC Championships at Tufts. Bates edged Tufts by half a point last year to finish second at the conference championship meet.

Tina Tobin '12
Sophomore Tina Tobin(Lowell, Mass.) was a winner in three events and a huge factor in the Bates College women's track and field team taking first place in the Aloha Relays on Saturday, for the first time in the annual Bowdoin meet's 22-year history. The Bobcats scored 232.50 team points in the five-team meet at Bowdoin, followed by the host Polar Bears (206.50), Southern Maine (148), Colby (145) and Smith (68).Tobin took first place among seven athletes in the 100-meter hurdles, where she timed in at 15.67 seconds, just .04 seconds off of the school record she set earlier this season. Led by Tobin, Bates also claimed the top two performances in the 400 hurdles, with Tobin finishing in 1:07.66 and junior Lindsay Soule(South Portland, Maine) taking second (1:09.33).

The Bobcats took first place in the 4x400-meter relay, with a strong time of 4:10.14 run in tough conditions. Senior Lisa Hartung(Farmington, Maine) led off, followed by first-year Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.), Tobin and junior Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.).

Tobin and the Bates women compete this Saturday in the NESCAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Tufts. The Bobcats finished fifth out of 11 teams a year ago at the meet.