Women's track and field places second at USM Invitational
Molly Radis '10 races to victory in the 200-meter dash. (Tom Leonard photos)
GORHAM, Maine -- Bates sophomore Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Topsham, Maine) qualified automatically for the NCAA Championships and moved to second place on Bates' all-time performance list in the 20-pound weight throw, highlighting the Bates women's track and field team's outstanding day at the USM Invitational.
|Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan '10 had a huge day which included wins in the weight throw and the shot put.|
|Captain Amy Rosania '08 races to victory in the 800 meters.|
As a team, Bates scored 190.5 points, a close runner-up behind host Southern Maine (194.5) for second place out of eight teams at the meet.
Duncan registered a top throw of 57'07.00" to move from No. 4 on Bates' all-time list past Erika Bristol '00 (52'7.5") and Liz Wanless '03 (54'2"). Keelin Godsey '06 tops the list at 65’11.75”.
Duncan took first place in both the weight throw and the shot put (39'01.00") at the meet, thus scoring 20 points for the Bobcats. Senior teammate Cassanda Kirkland (Greene, Maine) placed second in the weight throw and fourth in the shot put.
Other event winners for Bates included sophomore Molly Radis (Peaks Island, Maine) in the 200-meter dash. Radis's time of 26.93 seconds qualified her to compete at the ECAC Division III Championships. She also placed second out of 38 sprinters in the 55, at 7.71 seconds.
Senior Amy Rosania (Rye Beach, N.H.) won the 800 meters in a time of 2:25.94, qualifying her for the New England Division III Championships.
First-year Jen Mitton (Reisterstown, Md.) won the 3,000-meter run in 10:32.17, over 23 seconds ahead of the runner-up, qualifying her for both New Englands and ECACs.
Junior Jen Marino (Methuen, Mass.) won the triple jump in 34'10.25", and was third in the long jump (16'03.25").
Bates first-year Chloe Bourne (Litchfield, Conn.) was the runner-up in the mile, with a D3 New Englands-qualifying time of 5:27.16. Senior Madeine Weber (Reading, Mass.) narrowly missed qualifying, finishing fifth with a personal-record time of 5:32.69.
Bates took first place in the 4x800 relay, with first-year Alexandria Alberto (Concord, Mass.), junior Andrea Bisceglia (Durham, Conn.), Bourne and Rosania finishing in 10:20.44.
First-year Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.) qualified for New Englands in the 400, finishing in 1:02.06 for third place.
Junior Izzy Alexander (Harvard, Mass.) qualified for New Englands in both the 55-meter hurdles (9.53 seconds) and the long jump (15'09.75").
First-year Megan Schleck (Mendota Heights, Minn.) qualified for New Englands in the high jump, taking fourth place at 4'11.00".
Bates won the 4x400 relay with a time of 4:09.33, the fifth-best indoor time in Bates history, qualifying for ECACs in the process. In order, the Bates quartet was Lindauer, Alexander, Marino and Radis.
Bates returns to USM on Friday for the State of Maine Indoor Championships.