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Duncan, Lindauer named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District

Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan '10 added her second CoSIDA Academic All-District honor to her haul of awards over four years.

Three-time All-NESCAC runner Dana Lindauer '11 carries a 3.92 grade point average.

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates senior Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan and junior Dana Lindauer were both named to the 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District women's track & field/cross country team, announced on Thursday. Both athletes were named to the All-District College Division Second Team. Duncan and Lindauer are two of the four athletes from NESCAC institutions to be named to either the first or second teams.

Duncan (Topsham, Maine) repeats the same honor she also claimed in 2008. She has reaped quite a heap of other honors in the meantime, with six NCAA All-American awards to her credit, including two top-three national finishes in the indoor and outdoor shot put. Duncan was named the Bates Female Athlete of the Year at the Senior Athletes' BBQ last week. She also won four New England Division III combined indoor and outdoor titles this year, as well as one ECAC Division III title. Other season highlights for Duncan include taking the NESCAC title in the hammer (170-10) and her third straight NESCAC title in the shot put (45-6.5), while earning a third All-Conference honor by taking third in the discus throw (115-0). Duncan was also named the 2010 New England Division III Indoor Field Athlete of the Year. Duncan is a politics major with minors in both the Chinese language and music. While carrying a 3.37 cumulative grade point average, Duncan has been highly involved in many campus organizations, including the Trustees' and the President's advisory committees. She has served as her class president or co-president in all four years at Bates.

Lindauer (Needham, Mass.) earned NESCAC All-Conference and All-New England honors during indoor and outdoor track and field runner, while maintaining a cumulative GPA of 3.92 as a Classical and Medieval Studies major. Lindauer earned her two All-NESCAC honors for taking third place in the 400-meter dash in 57.96 seconds and running the anchor leg for Bates' third-place 4x400 relay team (4:02.37) at the NESCAC Track and Field Championships. Her 400 time broke her own school record in the event. Lindauer was also fifth at NESCAC's in the 200 at 25.87, the first Bates woman to go under 26-second mark since 1989. Other season highlights include placing seventh (All-New England) in the 400-meter dash (58.81) at the New England Division III Outdoor Championships, as well as second at Indoor New Englands in the 4x400 relay (4:02.84) and eighth in the 400 in 60.22.

It is the fifth straight year that at least one member of the Bates women's track and field team has garnered ESPN The Magazine All-Academic honors. A year ago, Izzy Alexander '09 received First Team All-District honors, and she went on to be named Second Team Academic All-America. Alexander was also a First Teamer in 2008 while Duncan was a Second Team honoree. Jennifer Caban '07 and Kathryn Moore '07 received First Team and Second Team honors, respectively. In 2006, Ashley Wentworth '06 made First Team. Duncan and Lindauer also join volleyball player Liz Leberman '10 as the three Bates student-athletes who have received ESPN The Magazine All-Academic honors this academic year.

Duncan also automatically made the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's 2010 Academic All-America team, by virtue of qualifying for the NCAA Championships while maintaining the requisite grade point average of 3.30. Also earning the USTFCCCA honor was junior teammate Sara Ellen Godek (Gilford, N.H.).

View the entire 2010 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 1 Women’s Track & Field Team here.