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Women's track and field wins first Aloha Relays title













BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The Bates College women's track and field team took first place in the Aloha Relays on Saturday, for the first time in the meet's 22-year history. The Bobcats scored 232.50 team points in the five-team meet at Bowdoin, followed by the host Polar Bears (206.50), Southern Maine (148), Colby (145) and Smith (68).

As usual, the throwing events figured significantly in the Bobcats' fortunes. They were at their most dominant in the hammer throw, sweeping the top three spots. Senior Vantiel Elizabeth Duncan (Topsham, Maine) placed first at 53.06 meters, exceeding the automatic qualifying mark for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Junior Sara Ellen Godek (Gilford, N.H.) was second at 47.97, meeting provisional qualification for NCAAs for the first time in her career in the hammer throw. Senior Laura Smith (Boulder, Colo.) was third at 43.97 meters.

Duncan also won the shot put at 13.58 meters, was also third in the discus throw (34.55). Godek was second in the javelin throw (31.50), as well as fourth in the discus (30.71) and third in the shot put (11.14).

Sophomore Tina Tobin (Lowell, Mass.) was a winner in three events at the meet, including the 100-meter hurdles, where she timed in at 15.67 seconds. Bates claimed the top two performances in the 400 hurdles, with Tobin winning in 1:07.66 and junior Lindsay Soule (South Portland, Maine) in second (1:09.33).

The Bobcats took first place in the 4x400-meter relay, with a strong time of 4:10.14 in tough conditions. Senior Lisa Hartung (Farmington, Maine) led off, followed by first-year Ansley Flanagan (Roxbury, Conn.), Tobin and junior Dana Lindauer (Needham, Mass.).

Lindauer also finished second in both the 100 (13.35) and the 200 (26.77). Sophomore Liz Carleton (Westborough, Mass.) was third in the 100 (13.37), followed by sophomore Romina Istratii (Athens, Greece) in fourth (13.45).

Sophomore Taylor Piers (Falmouth, Maine) placed third in the long jump at 5.03 meters, and was also fourth in the triple jump (10.05).

Junior Kat Collet (Leawood, Kan.) placed fourth in the heptathlon, which had four events run on Friday and the final three on Saturday. Collet scored a career-high 3,203 points.

Bates next competes at the NESCAC Championships, scheduled for Saturday, April 24 at Tufts.