|Chris Murtagh '11
Competing at the old New York Armory, Bates senior Chris Murtaghautomatically qualified for the NCAA Championships for the first time on Saturday at the ECAC Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, as Bates finished second out of 53 scoring teams at the meet.Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.) won the ECAC title in the 35-pound weight with a career-best 19.43 meters, or 63-09.00, 68 centimeters beyond the automatic qualifying mark for this weekend's NCAA Division III Championships, to be held March 12-13 at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Murtagh, who ranked 10th in the country in the weight throw entering last weekend, vaulted to third in the country with his latest effort, thus entering NCAAs as the third seed in the men's weight throw.
The Bobcats scored 49 points at ECACs, trailing only Buffalo State (77) for the team's best finish at the meet since 2004, when they also placed second.
|Sara Ellen Godek '11
Bates College senior Sara Ellen Godek(Gilford, N.H.) came through when the chips were down last Saturday at the ECAC Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at the New York Armory. Godek's career-best 17-meter effort in the weight throw on Saturday earned her a place at this weekend's NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships.Godek threw the 20-pound weight 55 feet, 9 1/4 inches, second among 23 athletes in the event at ECACs. Her new PR lifted her provisional qualifying status to compete at NCAAs by moving her to 13th on the national performance list. Godek learned on Monday she'll join fellow senior captain Dana Lindauer(Needham, Mass.) at NCAAs, which take place March 12-13 at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Lindauer ranks 12th in the country in the 400-meter dash.