Molly Balentine '08
BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bates College women's track and field team notched six first-place finishes in a strong all-around team effort Friday night at the State of Maine Women's Indoor Championships, held at Bowdoin College.
The Bobcats were edged out of second place by two points by the University of Southern Maine, 148 points to 146. Bowdoin took the team title with 164 points and Colby was fourth with 122.
"We really had a great meet. I thought our team just competed really, really well tonight," said Bates head coach Jay Hartshorn.
Bates took first place in both the 4x400 (first-year Jenna Ligor, sophomore Jen Marino, senior Julie Shelkey and sophomore Tara Higgins) and 4x800 (first year Katie Bash, junior Amy Rosania, sophomore Allie Goldstein and senior Jen Caban) relay races to finish out the meet, beating out Bowdoin in the former race, 4:15.69 to 4:17.73, and topping Colby 9:56.23 to 10:00.37 in the latter. The 4x800 relay team's time is the ninth-best in school history.
Senior Kathryn Moore (Pelham, N.H.) won the 1-mile run with a time of 5:02.95, 2.44 seconds ahead of Bowdoin's Laura Onderko. Moore's time is the second-fastest mile in Bates history and a personal record, and qualifies her provisionally to compete at the NCAA Division III Championships.
Moore also scored eight points in the 3,000 meters, finishing second with a time of 10:20.63., qualifying her for the all-division Open New England Championships. Senior Emily Williams (Harvard, Mass.) was sixth in 10:53.22, qualifying her for the New England Division III Championships.
Sophomore Izzy Alexander (Harvard, Mass.) placed first in the 600, outpacing Bowdoin's Ali Chase by .02 seconds in a time of 1:39.22. Her time makes her the second-fastest Bates woman to run the 600, and qualifies her for the ECAC Championship. Ligor (Denmark, Maine) was fifth in the 600 in 1:40.44, putting her at No. 4 on Bates' all-time list, and also qualifying her for ECACs.
Alexander also came in second in the 55-meter hurdles in 9.18 seconds, putting her at No. 10 on Bates' all-time list and qualifying her for the New England Division III championships.
First-year Katie Bash (Wallingford, Pa.) won the 800 in 2:21.45, topping Bowdoin's Amy Ahearn by 0.97 seconds.
Caban (Bedford, Mass.) was the runner-up by a narrow margin in the 1,000, with a time of 3:02.92, just .25 seconds behind Colby's Devan Fitzpatrick. Caban is now No. 4 on Bates' all-time performance list and has qualified to compete at the all-division Open New England Championships.
Junior Molly Balentine (Hampden, Maine) took first in the 5,000 with a time of 18:40.16. First-year Morgan Maciewicz (Marblehead, Mass.) was third in 18:47.99. Both of them qualified to compete at the ECAC Championships.
Other notable performances included:
- Marino (Methuen, Mass.) placing second in the triple jump (34-2.75) and third in the long jump (15-7), qualifying her for Division III New Englands in both events and putting her at No. 8 on Bates' all-time performance list in the triple jump;
- Shelkey (Conway, Mass.) coming in second in the pole vault (10-3), and sophomore Lily Gordon (Scarsdale, N.Y.) coming in sixth at 8-3, putting her at No. 5 on Bates' all-time list;
- junior Cassandra Kirkland (Greene, Maine) placing third in the weight throw (45-8), putting her at No. 8 on Bates' all-time list;
- and first-year Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Topsham, Maine) placing third in the shot put (36-9).