Women's track is ninth out of 27 scoring teams at New Englands
Izzy Alexander '09
Kathryn Moore '07
Jen Caban '07
Katie Bash '10
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Several exceptional performances across the board helped Bates College to a ninth-place finish out of 27 scoring teams on the final day of the New England Division III Track and Field Championships at Springfield College.
The Bobcats scored 36 points, while Southern Maine and Colby rounded out the top 10 scoring teams, tied with 31 points each.
Bates sophomore Izzy Alexander won the New England title in the women's heptathlon, after standing in third place and 20 points behind the leader heading into the final event, the 800 meters. Alexander (Harvard, Mass.) scored 3,932 points to beat out Chrissy Henko of Bridgewater State (3,850) and Morgan Jamiel of Wheaton (3,756).
The Bobcat quartet of senior Kathryn Moore (Pelham, N.H.), first-year Katie Bash (Wallingford, Pa.), Alexander and senior Jen Caban (Bedford, Mass.) ran the second-fastest 4x800-meter relay in Bates history, at 9:25.9, finishing in second place for eight points.
Other big highlights for the Bobcats included Moore notching a personal record in the 1,500-meter run, finishing in third place in 4:40.25 for six points. Moore narrowly missed the provisional qualification mark for the NCAA Division III Championships. Caban finished eighth in 4:46.93 to score another point for the team.
Also scoring points, and thus earning All-New England honors, for Bates on Saturday included:
- First-year Lisa Hartung (Farmington, Maine) finishing eighth in the 400 at 1:00.81, despite being entered in the slowest of three heats;
- The 4x400 relay team of sophomore Tara Higgins (Jeffersonville, Vt.), junior Amy Rosania (Rye Beach, N.H.), senior Julie Shelkey (Conway, Mass.) and Hartung finished in sixth place at 4:10.22 for three points;
- First-year Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Topsham, Maine) recorded a personal-record shot put of 39-01.00, good for sixth place and three points.
- Shelkey and senior classmate Laura Golitko (Hopkinton, Mass.) finished seventh and eighth in the pole vault at 10-02.00 and 9-08.00, respectively;
- Sophomore Jen Marino (Methuen, Mass.) placed eighth in the triple jump at 34-03.00.
On the first day of the heptathlon, Friday, Alexander set the Bates record in the 100-meter hurdles, timing in 15.79 seconds to shave .02 seconds off of the record Kathleen Nugent '06 set a year ago.
Also performing well for Bates on Friday were junior Molly Balentine (Hampden, Maine), who placed 11th in the 10,000-meter run in a time of 39:55.79, and Marino placing 16th in the long jump, at 15-07.75.
Bates will compete next weekend at the all-division Open New England championships at Dartmouth College.