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Bobcats of the week of May 23, 2011

Chris Murtagh '11
Chris Murtagh found a good way to kick-start the Bates men's track and field team's first ECAC Division III team championship on Friday at Moravian College in Bethlehem, Pa. In the first event of a long final day of the meet, Murtagh (Rowley, Mass.) broke the meet record, as well as his own team record, in the hammer throw with a top effort of 197-2, another automatic NCAA qualifying mark for the All-American.The performance started off quite the momentous week for Murtagh, who graduates from Bates this Sunday. On Sunday, he was named Bates male athlete of the year by the Department of Athletics, and on Wednesday he'll depart with three teammates to Delaware, Ohio, to compete in the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Ohio Wesleyan University.

The Bobcats scored 63 team points at ECACs (19 more than runner-up Williams), 21 of which were scored by Murtagh. His 10 points for winning the hammer were complemented by eight points for finishing second to sophomore teammate David Pless (Atlanta, Ga.) in the discus throw (161-11), and three more points for finishing sixth in the shot put (48-8.75).

Murtagh will compete at NCAAs this week in the hammer, where he is the seventh seed, and in the shot put, where he is seeded eighth. Joining him will be Pless, competing in the shot put and discus, senior Brett Epler (Wellesley, Mass.) in the decathlon, and senior Ethan Waldman (Playa del Rey, Calif.) in the shot put.

Dana Lindauer '11
As it turned out, Bates senior Dana Lindauerdidn't need to improve upon her personal and team-record 400-meter time of 57.94 seconds at last week's ECAC Division III Track and Field Championships in order to be selected for this week's NCAA Championships. But she left little to chance, anyway, as she took second place at ECACs and set a new personal and team standard by crossing the finish line in 56.74 seconds.Lindauer (Needham, Mass.) learned Sunday she will be the 15th seed out of 23 competitors in the 400-meter dash at NCAAs; she is now 2-for-2 in NCAA appearances in a brilliant senior year, after also competing in the 400 at indoor nationals in March. She also anchored Bates' 4x400 relay team, which qualified provisionally for NCAAs but was not selected.

Lindauer, a Classical and Medieval Studies major, was honored last week as the female winner of the 2011 Milton L. Lindholm Scholar-Athlete Award, going to the Bates varsity athlete owning the highest cumulative grade point average after four years. She will be inducted in absentia into the Bates Scholar-Athlete Society at Saturday's ceremony, and will receive her Bates degree at Commencement on Sunday.