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Women's track and field 3rd out of 51 teams at ECACs







CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Bates College women's track and field team finished third out of 51 scoring teams Saturday at the 2008 ECAC Division III Indoor Championships at Harvard. The Bobcats scored 42 points and were only half a point behind MIT for second place, while Moravian won the team title with 56 points.

Rounding out a tightly packed top 10 were New Jersey City (41), The College of New Jersey (40), Wheaton (38), Brockport State (37), Williams (37), Tufts (35.50) and Cortland State (31.50).

Bates scored big points in both the 20-pound weight throw and the 500-meter dash. In the weight throw, sophomore Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Topsham, Maine) finished second (55'05.75") and senior captain Cassandra Kirkland (Greene, Maine) placed third (51'08.25"), for a combined 14 team points. Junior captain Izzy Alexander (Harvard, Mass.), meanwhile, won the 500-meter dash out of a field of 32 runners in a time of 1:17.40, to score 10 more points.

With each point counting for so much, many other Bobcats came through with big performances:

  • Senior captain Molly Balentine (Hampden, Maine) finished fourth in the 3,000-meter run, with a time of 10:35.74 (5 points), while first-year Jennifer Mitton (Reisterstown, Md.) placed sixth in 10:38.21 (3 points);
  • Senior captain Amy Rosania (Rye Beach, N.H.) finished eighth in the 1,000 meters in a time of 3:04.05 (1 point);
  • Bates placed fifth in the 4x880-yard relay, with a time of 9:49.13 (4 points).

These followed the meet's first-day results. Junior Jen Marino (Methuen, Mass.) broke the Bates women's indoor record in the triple jump and qualified provisionally for nationals on Friday, finishing eighth out of a field of 24 with a top jump of 36'09.75", surpassing by 3.75 inches the previous school record of 36'06.00" set by Anne Millham in 1987 (1 point).

Duncan, meanwhile, continued her breakout sophomore season with a fifth-place finish in the shot put, at 41'01.50" (4 points).