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Marino sets Bates triple jump record at Aloha Relays

Jen Marino '09 runs a leg of Bates' first-place 4x400-meter relay. (Tom Leonard photo)

BRUNSWICK, Maine -- Bates junior Jen Marino (Methuen, Mass.) set the Bates record in the triple jump and junior Izzy Alexander (Harvard, Mass.) dominated the heptathlon to highlight the day for the Bobcats women's track and field team Saturday at the Aloha Relays at Bowdoin College.

With 99.50 points, Bates placed fourth out of six teams at the meet.

Marino triple jumped a top distance of 36 feet and 1.25 inches, breaking by half a foot the former mark of 35-7.25 set by Aisha Bell in 2000. She also placed fifth in the long jump.

Alexander was the top scorer in six out of the seven events in the heptathlon, scoring a total of 3,916 points compared to the second-place score of 2,749 by Colby's Tory Gray.

Sophomore Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Topsham, Maine) won the shot put in 43-07.75 and placed fourth in the discus.

Senior Cassandra Kirkland (Greene, Maine) unleashed a top hammer throw of 144-05 to place second in the event. Kirkland also placed third in the discus throw .

Bates won the 4x400 relay, with Marino, first-year Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.), sophomore Lisa Hartung (Farmington, Maine) and senior Amy Rosania (Rye Beach, N.H.) finishing in 4:10.02, 1.07 seconds ahead of Bowdoin.

In other highlights for Bates: first-year Sara Ellen Godek (Gilford, N.H.) placed fourth in the javelin throw; first-year Lindsay Soule (South Portland, Maine) came in fifth in the 400-meter hurdles, sophomore Katie Bash (Wallingford, Pa.) finished fifth in the 5,000-meter run; Lindauer finished second in the 400, while Hartung was fifth and junior Tara Higgins (Jeffersonville, Vt.) was sixth.

Bates heads to Hamilton College next Saturday for the NESCAC Championships.