NEW LONDON, Conn. -- The Bates College women's track and field team placed ninth for the second straight year at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships, as junior Izzy Alexander highlighted the final day of the meet with another New England championship to her credit.
With 36 points, Bates edged out Wheaton and Keene State, who scored 35 apiece, for ninth place at the meet.
Alexander won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:03.31, edging Rachel Smith of Bridgewater State (1:03.86) for first place. Alexander won the New England championship a year ago in the heptathlon.
Elsewhere for Bates on Saturday, sophomore Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Topsham, Maine) placed second in the shot put, with a top effort of 41-04.50. Junior Jen Marino (Methuen, Mass.) finished eighth in the long jump, earning one point for Bates at 16-06.00. And Bates finished sixth out of 16 teams in the 4x400-meter relay, as first-year Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.), senior Amy Rosania (Rye Beach, N.H.), Alexander and Marino finished in 4:06.96.
Senior Molly Balentine (Hampden, Maine) recorded a personal best in the 5,000 meters, placing ninth in a time of 18:23.75.
Other fine efforts for the Bobcats included sophomore Esther Kendall (Ridgeway, Ontario), who placed 10th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:53.22), Lindauer and sophomore Lisa Hartung (Farmington, Maine), who placed 14th and 15th, respectively, in the 400-meter dash in 1:01.47 and 1:01.62; first-year Rachel Vaivoda (Skaneateles, N.Y.), who was 21st in the steeplechase (12:27.12), and sophomore Katie Bash (Wallingford, Pa.), who was 21st in the 1,500 with a time of 4:52.74.
Marino placed third in the triple jump on Friday at New Englands, while Duncan and senior Cassandra Kirkland both scored in the hammer throw.
Marino triple jumped 36-02.75, nearly two feet beyond her eighth-place mark a year ago at New Englands.
Duncan was fourth in the hammer at 153-03, and Kirkland (Greene, Maine) finished sixth at 143-00.
Senior Aviva Goldstein (Manchester, N.H.) placed 13th out of a field of 23 in the 10,000-meter run, timing in at 39:15.11.
Bates travels to the all-divisions Open New England Championships at the University of New Hampshire next weekend.