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Duncan, Marino score for Bates at Open New Englands

Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan earned All-Open New England honors in both the hammer throw and the shot put. (Photo by Tom Leonard '78)

DURHAM, N.H. -- Bates sophomore Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Topsham, Maine) finished second in the shot put with a personal-record mark of 46 feet and 7.25 inches, automatically qualifying for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships and leading the Bobcats at the all-divisions Open New England Outdoor Championships at the University of New Hampshire.

Duncan followed her sixth-place performance Friday in the hammer throw by placing second only to Marsha Locke of Sacred Heart (48-11.75) to score eight team points for Bates.

The Bobcats scored 12 points at the meet for 19th place out of 32 scoring teams, one point behind the University of Hartford. Bates competes next weekend at the ECAC Division III Championships at Springfield College.

Also on Saturday, junior Jen Marino (Methuen, Mass.) finished eighth in the triple jump at 34-09.50, scoring another team point for the Bobcats. Junior Izzy Alexander (Harvard, Mass.) placed 17th in the 800-meter run in 2:17.62. And Bates' 4x400 relay team of Alexander, Marino, first-year Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.) and senior Amy Rosania (Rye Beach, N.H.) finished 13th in a time of 4:04.84.

Friday's Results

Bates received a sixth-place performance from Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan in the hammer throw on Friday. Duncan neared her personal best with a top throw of 159-01, finishing sixth behind winner Jasmine Jennings of the University of Rhode Island (190-00) and second among Division III athletes. Senior Cassandra Kirkland (Greene, Maine) had a top throw of 142-08, putting her in 18th place in the field of 24.

Other Friday highlights for Bates included Dana Lindauer's performance in the 400-meter dash. Lindauer ran the 400 in an even 1:00.00, placing her at No. 4 on Bates' all-time performance list. Lindauer missed the cut for Saturday's final but placed fifth out of eight in her preliminary heat.

Jen Marino had a long jump of 15-11.75, putting her in a tie for 17th place. And Izzy Alexander ran the 100-meter hurdles in 16.61 seconds, putting her in a tie for 27th place out of 32.