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Women's track and field places fourth at NESCAC Championships











MEDFORD, Mass. -- The Bates College women's track and field team placed fourth out of 11 teams Saturday at the NESCAC Track and Field Championships, the Bobcats' highest finish at the meet since 1989, when they were third.

Bates scored 80 points, behind Williams, Tufts and Middlebury and ahead of Bowdoin (74), Collby (69), Amherst (57), Wesleyan (19), Connecticut College (18), Hamilton (17) and Trinity (12).

It took outstanding performances across the board to score 80 points.

Senior Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Topsham, Maine) won her third straight conference title in the shot put, at 45-06.50, while also winning the hammer throw (170-10) and placing third in the discus (115-00).

Two Bobcats broke their own team records, and Bates broke a relay record as well. Sophomore Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) scorched her own team record in the 100-meter hurdles, timing in at 15.44 seconds in preliminaries, then lowering her time to 15.38 in the finals to take third place. Tobin's former record stood at 15.63 seconds. Tobin also placed seventh in the 400 hurdles (1:06.41).

Meanwhile, junior Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.) placed third in the 400-meter dash in 57.96 seconds, shaving .62 seconds off of her previous mark. She also placed fifth in the 200 in 25.87 seconds, the first Bates woman to cross the finish line in under 26 seconds since 1989.

Bates' 4x100 relay team -- first-year Kristen Poulin (Freeport, Maine), first-year Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.), first-year Erin Augulewicz (Eliot, Maine) and sophomore Liz Carleton (Westborough, Mass.) -- placed fourth in 49.95 seconds, shaving .66 seconds off of their team record of 50.61, set earlier this month.

Bates' 4x400 relay team also ran a strong time, despite coming at the end of a long day. The Bobcat quartet of senior Lisa Hartung (Farmington, Maine), Flanagan, Tobin and Lindauer finished third overall in 4:02.37.

Junior Sara Ellen Godek (Gilford, N.H.) also had a big day for Bates, placing third in the hammer (149-10), fifth in the shot put (37-06.75) and fifth in the discus (104-06).

Other point-scoring performances for Bates included:

  • Senior Laura Smith (Boulder, Colo.) was fourth in the hammer throw (138-07).
  • Sophomore Romina Istratii (Athens, Greece) earned the last spot in the finals in the 100 with her preliminary time of 13.15 seconds, and finished seventh in the finals in 13.23 seconds.
  • Seniors Katie Bash (Wallingford, Pa.) and Esther Kendall (Ridgeway, Ontario) both had excellent distance races. Bash placed seventh in the 1,500 meters at 4:48.99, and Kendall placed seventh in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 11:38.72.

Bates first-year Lauren Farnsworth (South Royalton, Vt.) and senior Lily Gordon (Scarsdale, N.Y.) both qualified for the New England Division III Championships in the pole vault, both clearing 8 feet and 9 inches.

As top-three performers, receiving NESCAC All-Conference honors will be Duncan (with three), Tobin (2), Lindauer (2), Hartung, Flanagan and Godek.