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Women's track and field impressive at MIT, BU

Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan '10 swept the throwing events at the MIT Invitational. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Bates College women's track and field team had a raft of athletes competing Saturday at the non-scoring MIT Invitational, posting some impressive results in advance of next weekend's New England Championships.

Senior Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Topsham, Maine) was first out of 34 competitors in the shot put, at 42-07.50, and first out of 26 in the weight throw, at 53-01.50. Junior Sara Ellen Godek (Gilford, N.H.) was second in the weight with a personal-best mark of 51-00.25, improving upon her provisional qualification for the NCAA Championships. Senior Laura Smith (Boulder, Colo.) was fourth in the weight, also with a lifetime best at 47-03.50, qualifying her for the ECAC Division III Championships.

Junior Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.) placed third in the 600-meter run in 1:42.10.

First-year Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) placed third in the 1,000 at 3:09.65.

Sophomore Taylor Piers (Falmouth, Maine) finished fourth out of 28 in the long jump, with a lifetime best of 16-01.75.

Sophomore Abby King (Wellesley, Mass.) finished fourth out of 13 in the triple jump, with a personal record of 34-07.75.

Friday at the BU Valentine Invitational

Bates also competed in a host of events Friday at the all-divisions Valentine Invitational at Boston University. Highlights for the Bobcats included junior Jen Mitton (Reisterstown, Md.) qualifying for the ECAC Division III Championships in the 3,000 meters with a time of 10:50.39. Meanwhile, senior Molly Radis (Peaks Island, Maine) ran a strong 800, an event she has already qualified to compete in for ECACs and Open New Englands, finishing in 2:18.84. Senior Katie Bash (Wallingford, Pa.) timed in at 2:23.95.

First-years Lindsay Cullen (Newburyport, Mass.) and Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.) both qualified for the New England Division III Championships. Cullen ran the 3,000 meters in 10:58.07 and Flanagan streaked to a time of 27.39 in the 200, right behind sophomore Liz Carleton (Westborough, Mass.; 27.37), who had already qualified. First-year Kristen Poulin (Freeport, Maine) ran a 28.23.

Other Bates competitors included senior Esther Kendall (Ridgeway, Ontario), who was 66th out of 140 runners with a time of 5:22.70, while first-year Alicia Fannon (Haverhill, Mass.) recorded a 5:43.61 time.

Three team members were among 51 competitors in the 500-meter dash. Senior Lisa Hartung (Farmington, Maine) placed 29th in a time of 1:21.43, followed by sophomore Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) in 1:22.66 and junior Lindsay Soule (South Portland, Maine) in 1:26.93.

The Bobcats will compete at the New England Division III Indoor Championships this coming weekend at the University of Southern Maine. The pentathlon takes place Friday, Feb. 19, while the rest of the meet starts Saturday at 11 a.m.

Valentine Invitational Results

MIT Invitational Results