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Alexander 6th in 400 hurdles at NCAAs; Duncan 9th in shot

Izzy Alexander '09 earned her fifth and final All-America honor. (Photos by Tom Leonard '78)
Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan '10 finished ninth in the shot put, two days after placing fifth in the hammer throw. 

MARIETTA, Ohio -- Bates College senior Izzy Alexander finished sixth in the 400-meter hurdles on Saturday at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, wrapping up her career with her fifth All-America honor.

Alexander (Harvard, Mass.), who had the eighth-fastest time in Friday's preliminary heats, finished in a time of 1:02.55 seconds, 0.04 seconds behind fifth-place Elizabeth Mattila of Whitworth University. Alexander also finished sixth a year ago in the 400 hurdles.

Meanwhile, Bates junior Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Topsham, Maine) came up just short of claiming a second All-America award in these championships, making the finals of the shot put but finishing in ninth place with a top heave of 13.10 meters (42-11.75). Duncan was seeded 15th in the event going in. On Thursday she finished fifth in the hammer throw for her third career All-America honor.

Alexander and Duncan combined to score seven points for Bates as a team, tying with both Denison University and Capital University for 38th place out of 79 scoring teams at the meet and third best out of NESCAC teams competing at the meet.

Thursday Recap

Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan earned her third career All-America award on Thursday, finishing fifth in the hammer throw at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Marietta College.

Duncan's first throw of the day, 52.29 meters (171-6), qualified her for the nine-athlete final, and eventually stood as her best. It is her first outdoor All-America award, after twice achieving the feat at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the weight throw.

Also on Thursday, Izzy Alexander competed in the preliminary heats of the 400-meter hurdles, and earned the eighth and final spot in the finals, winning the third heat in a time of 1:01.94, 0.16 seconds behind her personal best mark of 1:01.78, set when she broke the New England Division III Outdoor Championship meet record three weeks earlier.