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Women's track and field places fifth at New Englands











MEDFORD, Mass. -- Bates senior Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Topsham, Maine) notched her second straight New England shot put title, her second event title in two days, to lead the Bobcat women's track and field team to fifth place out of 31 scoring teams as the New England Division III Women's Track and Field Championships concluded on Saturday.

Bates scored 49 team points, behind only Williams, MIT, Springfield and Tufts for fifth place, breaking a string of three straight ninth-place finishes at the meet. Bowdoin (46), Brandeis (43), Amherst (42), Colby (41) and Middlebury (34) rounded out the top 10. It is Bates' best showing at outdoor New Englands since 2006, when the team placed second.

Duncan won the shot put at 44-03.25, after taking first in the hammer throw on Friday at 177-06.

Other highlights for Bates:

  • Sophomore Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) scored points in both the 100 and 400 hurdles. Tobin finished sixth in the 400 hurdles in 1:06.52. She also had the seventh-fastest time out of 27 competitors in the preliminary heats of the 100 hurdles, at 15.64 seconds, to make the finals. Tobin finished seventh in the finals at 16.04 seconds.
  • Junior Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.) placed seventh in the 400-meter dash, in 58.81 seconds.
  • Senior Esther Kendall (Ridgeway, Ontario) came in eighth out of 27 competitors in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, with a time of 11:44.97.
  • The 4x400-meter relay team -- senior Lisa Hartung (Farmington, Maine), first-year Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.), Tobin and Lindauer finished fifth in 4:03.75.
  • Bates finished sixth in the 4x100 relay; the team of first-year Kristen Poulin (Freeport, Maine), Flanagan, first-year Erin Augulewicz (Eliot, Maine) and sophomore Liz Carleton (Westborough, Mass.) crossed the finish line in 50.18 seconds.
  • Bates also placed sixth in the 4x800 relay race. The team comprised of Hartung, first-year Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.), senior Katie Bash (Wallingford, Pa.) and first-year Lisa Reedich (Harvard, Mass.) finished in 9:37.57.
  • The two-day women's heptathlon concluded, with first-year Andrea Remec (Elmira, N.Y.) finishing 10th out of 21 competitors with 3,519 points. Junior Kat Collet (Leawood, Kan.) was 15th with 3,342 points.

Friday Recap

Bates had a productive first day in the relatively light action it did see on Friday, including Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan's first New England title in the hammer throw.

Duncan launched her farthest throw of the day by about 15 feet on her final attempt to take first in the hammer throw, at 177-06. Bates scored another 10 points in the hammer with a third-place showing by junior Sara Ellen Godek (Gilford, N.H.), at 153-09, and a fifth-place effort by senior Laura Smith (Boulder, Colo.), at 142-05.

Also on Friday, sophomore Taylor Piers (Falmouth, Maine) defied her 19th seeding in the long jump to finish eighth, at 16-09.25, and score another team point.

Bates' next meet is the Open New England Championships, hosted by Northeastern University in Dedham, Mass., May 7-8.