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Duncan, relay teams highlight women's track at Open N.E.'s











BOSTON --  Bates College women's track and field team wrapped up a strong showing in the two-day, all-divisions Open New England Indoor Championships Saturday at Boston University, placing 24th out of 35 teams.

Senior Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Topsham, Maine) placed sixth out of 21 athletes on Saturday in the shot put with a top effort of 44-11.50, trailing only five Division I throwers.

Also on Saturday, Bates ran a strong 4x800 relay that finished 11th out of 23 squads in a time of 9:35.52, third best among Division III entries and second best all-time in team history. Running the event were first-year Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.), senior Katie Bash (Wallingford, Pa.), first-year Amanda Solch (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) and first-year Lisa Reedich (Harvard, Mass.).

Bates also placed 11th out of 23 teams in the 4x400 relay on Saturday, finishing in 4:00.93, third best among Division III squads and fourth best all-time in team history, with first-year Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.), junior Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.), sophomore Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) and senior Molly Radis (Peaks Island, Maine).

On Saturday, Duncan came in fifth out of 24 athletes in the weight throw, with a top effort of 55-09.25. One Division II and three Division I throwers were ahead of her. Junior Sara Ellen Godek (Gilford, N.H.) notched a career-best throw of 51-07.00, finishing 12th and improving upon her NCAA Championship provisional qualification.

Tina Tobin submitted a superb race with her second fastest time ever in the 55-meter hurdles, at 8.71 seconds, good for 19th place out of 32.

Dana Lindauer ran a strong time of 59.61 seconds in the 400-meter dash, to place 16th out of 27.

Katie Bash ran a season-best time of 3:04.56 in the 1,000, to finish 22nd.

Molly Radis placed 18th out of 31 in the 800 with a time of 2:19.25.

Bates also ran a strong distance medley relay race with a time of 12:33.20, fourth best all time in team history. The team consisted of Reedich, Flanagan, Arens and senior Esther Kendall (Ridgeway, Ontario).

Bates competes next weekend at the ECAC Division III Indoor Championships, to be held at Smith College.