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Women's track and field second at Maine State Championships

Jen Marino '09

Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan '10

Izzy Alexander '09

Jen Mitton '11

Dana Lindauer '11

Molly Radis '10

GORHAM, Maine -- The Bates College women's track and field team finished a close second to Southern Maine Friday night at the Maine State Indoor Championships, for the Bobcats' highest finish at the meet since 1994.

Bates scored 149 points to Southern Maine's 154, with Bowdoin third with 142 points and Colby fourth with 135.

"It was an incredible night," said head coach Jennifer "Jay" Hartshorn.  "Everybody had so much energy and enthusiasm, and it translated in their performances. There were a lot of close wins in head-to-head situations."

One of those was in the triple jump, where junior Jen Marino was passed by USM's Emily Poliquin right before Marino's final jump. Then the Methuen, Mass., native unleashed a personal best 35'10", or 1 1/2 feet beyond any of the night's previous jumps, putting her at No. 2 on Bates' all-time performance list, behind only Anne Millham '87 (36'6"). Marino was also fourth in the long jump.

A multitude of event wins and other high scores accompanied Marino's for Bates:

  • Sophomore Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Topsham, Maine) continued her exceptional season with victories in both the weight throw (55'08.50") and the shot put, where she surpassed the 40-foot mark for the first time at 40'05.00".
  • Senior Cassandra Kirkland (Greene, Maine) was second in the weight throw in 50'01.75", a personal record that enhances her provisional qualification for the NCAA Championships.
  • Junior Izzy Alexander (Harvard, Mass.) won the 600 in 1:40.16, .28 seconds ahead of USM's Christa Hutchinson, and was fourth in the 55-meter hurdles;
  • First-year Jennifer Mitton (Reisterstown, Md.) took first place in the 5,000 meters, in 18:20.14;
  • Izzy Alexander, first-year Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.), Jen Marino and Molly Radis won the 4x400 relay by over eight seconds ahead of runner-up Bowdoin, in 4:08.21.
  • First-year Megan Schleck (Mendota Heights, Minn.) scored big points in both the high jump (4'09.00"; 3rd place) and the pole vault (9'05.75"; 3rd).
  • Sophomore Molly Radis (Peaks Island, Maine) finished second in the 400 (1:00.92) and fourth in the 200 (27.39);
  • Senior Amy Rosania (Rye Beach, N.H.) was third in the 800 at 2:25.57;
  • Sophomore Katie Bash (Wallingford, Pa.) was third in the 1-mile, in 5:18.03;
  • First-years Alexandria Alberto (Concord, Mass.) and Chloe Bourne (Litchfield, Conn.) finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 1,000.

Bates will next compete at the Tufts Invitational on Feb. 16.