Bud Arens' exceptional junior year at Bates added another chapter last weekend at the ECAC Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, held at New Balance Armory in New York City. Arens ran the 1,600-meter anchor leg in Bates' second-place distance medley relay performance at the meet, which put the Bobcats into the No. 5 national ranking heading into this weekend's NCAA Championships.
With sophomore Kallie Nixon (Medfield, Mass.) running the leadoff 1,200-meter leg, followed by senior Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) in the 400, first-year Sarah Fusco (Cheshire, Conn.) in the 800 and Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) in the 1,600, Bates finished the race in 11:49.57, 0.42 seconds behind titlist Rowan. The same foursome had run the DMR earlier this season in 11:56.92 to snip 6.37 seconds off the previous school mark set in 2007 -- they have now lopped a total of 13.72 seconds off of the 2007 standard.
The week beforehand, Arens rewrote two other Bates indoor records at Open New Englands at Boston University. First she ran Bates’ first-ever sub-five-minute mile, breaking the former team record by 6.22 seconds, and then she helped the Bobcats shatter the team record in the 4×800 relay, at 9:14.88, along with Fusco, Nixon and junior Lisa Reedich (Harvard, Mass.).
Arens -- who was named to the All-NESCAC women's soccer team in the fall -- also qualified for NCAAs in the mile, in which she is ranked ninth in the country with an adjusted best time of 4:56.49. She is also ranked 19th in Division III in the 800.