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Women's track ninth at New Englands; Alexander sets meet mark

Izzy Alexander '09 ran the fastest 400-meter hurdles race in New England Division III Women's Championship history. (Photo by Tom Leonard '78)

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- The Bates College women's track and field team finished ninth for the third year in a row at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships on Saturday. The Bobcats scored 40.5 points, well ahead of 10th-place Brandeis (25) among 26 point-scoring teams.

Highlighting the day for the Bobcats, senior Izzy Alexander (Harvard, Mass.) broke the meet record in the 400-meter hurdles, winning the event in 1:01.78 and slicing 0.18 seconds off of the previous New England Division III record set by Springfield's Beth Bowler in 1998. Alexander's time also lowered her own Bates outdoor record in the event by 0.13 seconds. She was 1.82 seconds ahead of runner-up Alice Wisener of Middlebury.

Junior Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Topsham, Maine) won her first New England title in the shot put, with a top heave of 42-04.00. Duncan was second in the event last year at 41-04.50. She was also seventh in the discus throw (117-05) for two more team points.

Senior Jen Marino (Methuen, Mass.) placed fifth in the triple jump, with a top effort of 36-02.00.

First-year Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) finished sixth in the 100-meter hurdles in a time of 15.70 seconds, scoring three points for the Bobcats. Tobin lowered the Bates record in the event she broke a week ago at NESCACs by another 0.04 seconds. Tobin also tied with MIT's Kirsten Aarsvold for eighth place in the 400 hurdles (1:06.65).

Sophomore Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.) placed sixth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 59.06 seconds, only 0.04 seconds behind the Bates record held by Sarah Dominick since 1995.

The 4x400-meter relay team of Marino, Lindauer, senior Tara Higgins (Jeffersonville, Vt.) and Alexander placed seventh in a time of 4:07.29.

Next up for the Bobcats is the all-divisions Open New England Championships at UMass-Amherst next weekend.

Friday Recap

Duncan scored all six points for Bates on Friday by finishing third in the hammer throw with a top effort of 154-06, 15 inches beyond what the two-time All-American threw for fourth place last year at the meet. Sophomore Sara Ellen Godek (Gilford, N.H.) was 11th at 140-04 and junior Laura Smith (Boulder, Colo.) was 13th at 134-06.

Sophomore Kat Collet (Leawood, Kan.) scored 1,826 points in the heptathlon to place 13th. Collet's best of the seven events was the 200-meter dash, in which she was fifth (28.62).

Marino was 18th in the long jump at 16-00.50, while Alexander was 21st in the event (15-08.25).