BOSTON -- Bates junior Izzy Alexander (Harvard, Mass.) finished fifth in the 800-meter run and broke the Bates indoor record in the process Saturday at the all-divisions Open New England Indoor Championships at Boston University.
After qualifying for the finals on Friday, Alexander finished Saturday's race in 2:14.69, just .10 seconds behind Williams Ariel Williams and .88 seconds ahead of the University of Connecticut's Keelan King. Alexander's time broke the former Bates indoor 800 record of 2:15.22 set by Ashley Wentworth '06 in 2006. Alexander now owns nine combined indoor and outdoor track and field records at Bates.
The four team points she scored combined with the two points sophomore Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Topsham, Maine) scored for placing seventh in the weight throw on Friday to put Bates in a tie with Middlebury for 21st place out of 32 scoring teams at the meet.
Also on Saturday, sophomore Molly Radis (Peaks Island, Maine) finished 10th in the finals of the 400-meter dash, shaving .05 seconds off of her prelim time in 58.35 seconds, only .05 seconds behind the provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Championships.
The 4x400 relay quartet of Alexander, first-year Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.), Radis and junior Jen Marino (Methuen, Mass.) qualified provisionally for the NCAA Championships, finishing in 3:57.19 for 13th place out of 21 teams and breaking the former program record of 4:00.19 set in 2006 by Kathleen Nugent '06, Danielle Touhey '06, Izzy Alexander and Ashley Wentworth.
The 4x800 relay team of sophomore Katie Bash (Wallingford, Pa.), senior Amy Rosania (Rye Beach, N.H.), first-year Alexandria Alberto (Concord, Mass.) and senior Molly Balentine (Hampden, Maine) ran the second-fastest 4x800 in Bates history, in 9:39.44, finishing 11th;
Other Saturday highlights included:
- Duncan finished 12th in the shot put, at 41'06.50";
- Marino finished 10th in the triple jump with a personal record of 36'04.75".
- Bash placed 23rd in the 1-Mile Run in 5:15.90.
Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan finished seventh overall in the 20-pound weight throw with a top heave of 52'10.75", scoring Bates' two team points on the day. Duncan was the only Division III athlete to place in the top 10 in the event.
Izzy Alexander and sophomore Molly Radis made the finals in the 800 meters and 400 meters, respectively. Alexander met the provisional qualification mark for the NCAA Division III Championships in the preliminary round of the 800, running a personal record time of 2:15.53, the 10th best prelim out of 29 competitors at the meet. Alexander's time improves her standing as Bates' all-time No. 2 performer in the indoor 800.
Radis also had the 10th best time in the prelims of the 400, timing in at 58.40 seconds, just .10 seconds behind the provisional qualifying time for NCAAs. Radis moves to third on Bates' all-time performance list. Radis also ran a personal-record 26.26 seconds in the 200, for the 21st top time out of 31 women.
Other first-day highlights for Bates included:
- Amy Rosania, who moved to No. 6 on the Bates performance list in the 1,000 meters, placing 17th in 3:03.89;
- First-year Jennifer Mitton (Reisterstown, Md.), who ran a season-best time of 18:14.67 in the 5,000 meters, putting her at No. 10 on Bates' all-time performance list;
- Jen Marino posted her second-best long jump of the season at 16'05.75", putting her in 16th place at the meet.
- The distance medley relay team of sophomore Katie Bash, Dana Lindauer, Alberto and Molly Balentine finished in 12:37.75, No. 5 on Bates' all-time performance list.