|The Bates women's winning DMR team at the ECAC Championships last Saturday, progressing left to right, top to bottom. (Photos and photo collage by Tom Leonard)|
LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College women's track and field team learned Monday morning that the Bobcats' distance medley relay team has qualified to compete at this weekend's NCAA Division III Indoor Championships, to be hosted by Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind.
Ten teams made the cut, with the Bobcats' school-record time of 12:05.21 ranking ninth in Division III. Rival Bowdoin also made the cut as the 10th seed.
Bates' relay team is composed of first-year Katie Bash (Wallingford, Pa.) running the first 1,200-meter leg, followed by sophomore Izzy Alexander (Harvard, Mass.) in the 400 meters, senior Jen Caban (Bedford, Mass.) in the 800 meters and senior Kathryn Moore (Pelham, N.H.) taking care of the final 1,600-meter leg.
Moore has also qualified to compete in the 5,000-meter run at nationals, based on her top time of 17:30.58, which she reached on Jan. 26 at the Terrier Classic in Boston. Moore is already the first Bates woman to earn All-America status in both outdoor track and cross country, and will be looking to add an indoor award to her resume.
Competing at nationals for the Bates men will be junior co-captain Noah Gauthier (Amherst, N.H.). Gauthier is one of six men in Division III who made the automatic qualifying cut in the 35-pound weight throw, which he did with his heave of 61 feet, 1.25 inches at the New England Division III Men's Indoor Championships at Bates on Feb. 17.