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Women's track and field places sixth at New Englands

Tina Tobin '12 broke the 23-year-old Bates record in the indoor 55-meter hurdles. (File photo by Tom Leonard '78)

GORHAM, Maine -- Powered by senior Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan's wins in the shot put and weight throw, the Bates College women's track and field team placed sixth for the third straight year Saturday at the New England Division III Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships.

The Bobcats scored 54 points, close behind fifth-place Bowdoin (57) and ahead of Middlebury (51) and Amherst (50).

Duncan (Topsham, Maine) won the shot put with a top effort of 45-03.00, and won the weight throw at 53-03.75. Bates also took third and fourth place in the weight throw, as junior Sara Ellen Godek (Gilford, N.H.) placed third at 51-05.50 and senior Laura Smith (Boulder, Colo.) was fourth at 47-07.25. Godek also scored points for the Bobcats in the shot put, finishing seventh at 38-02.75.

Sophomore Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) broke the team record in the 55-meter indoor hurdles with a time of 8.65 seconds, good for fifth place. Tobin's time was .10 seconds better than her previous best, and breaks the former Bates standard of 8.72 set by Maria Kourebanas in 1987.

Bates finished second out of 19 teams in the 4x400 relay, with a blazing time of 4:02.84. First-year Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.) led off the race, followed by junior Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.), Tobin and senior Molly Radis (Peaks Island, Maine). The Bobcats' distance medley relay team of first-year Lisa Reedich (Harvard, Mass.), senior Lisa Hartung (Farmington, Maine), first-year Bud Arens (Weymouth, Mass.) and senior Esther Kendall (Ridgeway, Ontario) placed sixth in 12:41.77

Rounding out Bates' point-scoring performances, Radis also placed fifth in the 600 with a time of 1:39.80, and Lindauer finished eighth in the 400 with a time of 1:00.22.

On Friday, Bates first-year Andrea Remec (Elmira, N.Y.) finished just out of the scoring in the pentathlon in ninth place with 2,594 points, moving her into ninth place on the team's all-time performance list in the event. "Andrea had a great meet. She moved up in the standings throughout the day," said head coach Jay Hartshorn.

Meanwhile junior Kat Collet (Leawood, Kan.) finished in 15th place out of 24 competitors with 2,462 points, a personal best mark, and first-year Kathryn DeAngelis (Lewiston, Maine) came in 19th with 2,355 points.