Bobcats of the week of Feb. 7, 2011

Ethan Waldman '11
With terrific performances in most every event, none better than senior thrower Ethan Waldman, the Bates men's track and field team claimed first place Saturday night in the Maine State Men's Indoor Championship, held at Bowdoin. It is Bates' first state indoor championship since 2005, even though the Bobcats have won the outdoor championships in eight of the past nine years. Bates scored 196 points, followed by runner-up Bowdoin (143), Southern Maine (122) and Colby (91).The special night was enhanced by two record-breaking throwing performances by the Bobcats. While senior Chris Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.) won the Peter Goodrich Award as the meet's most outstanding field athlete, Waldman was equally impressive, and in fact scored more team points.

Waldman (Playa del Rey, Calif.) broke Bates' team record for the indoor shot put, taking first place in the event with a heave of 54-08.25, or 16.67 meters, coming just three centimeters shy of hitting the automatic qualifying standard for the NCAA Championships, while easily exceeding the NCAA provisional mark. Entering the weekend, Waldman's effort would rank him second in the country in Division III. Waldman broke the team record of 53-04.50 set byDustin Gauthier '05 in 2004.

Waldman also placed third in the weight throw, at 51-06.50, to score six more points for the team. Bates scored 196 points, followed by runner-up Bowdoin (143), Southern Maine (122) and Colby (91).

Kirsten Gill '11
On Saturday at the UVM Carnival, the third stop on the Eastern Intercollegiate Ski Association circuit, the Bates women's Nordic team continued its extraordinary pace by finishing fourth in the 5K Freestyle race -- the fifth time in six races this carnival season that the Bates women have placed fourth.Bates senior Kirsten Gill is as responsible as anyone for the team's remarkable first half of the season. In Saturday's race, Gill (Jackson, N.H.) edged fellow senior Natalie Ruppertsberger (Plainfield, N.H.) for 11th place out of 69 skiers, with a time of 15:36.1. Ruppertsberger came in 12th in 15:38.8. JuniorBeth Taylor (Norwich, Vt.) was 14th and seniorMeg McClelland (Keene Valley, N.Y.) gave Bates four competitors in the top 17.

A day earlier, in the 15K Classical Mass Start race, Gill placed 15th out of 69 skiers in a time of 55:11.9.

Gill is currently ranked eighth on the EISA circuit in freestyle races, based on NCAA points earned in each individual race. She is 23rd in classical technique races and ranks 15th overall in the East, close behind Ruppertsberger, a two-time NCAA participant.

Bates travels to Hanover, N.H., this weekend for the Dartmouth Carnival at Oak Hill.